Participatiedemocratie

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  • Transparency International EU and Generation Climate Europe have now joined the EESC's network of European civil society organisations working to shape EU laws

  • Reference number
    47/2023

    Europeans need to know how EU decisions affect their lives if campaigns to boost voter turnout are to have any real effect. Messages need to be tailored to each EU country and barriers preventing young people from entering politics need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

  • The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in partnership with the Economic and Social Council of the Slovak Republic, will hold its annual civil society communication seminar – #ConnectingEU2023 – on 23-24 November 2023. This year's theme is "European elections 2024: Why vote?"

  • Despite being recognised as a constitutional principle of the EU, participatory democracy in Europe is still largely unstructured, with no formal institutional agreements that would allow citizens and civil society organisations to directly contribute to the development of EU policies

     

  • Civil society organisations (CSOs) must be recognised, involved and supported as partners that defend and strengthen European democracy and contribute to a functioning rule of law culture.

  • Conference on 'Civil society organisations defending and strengthening European democracy' organised by the EESC's Civil Society Organisations' Group

  • Reference number
    16/2023

    Op 23 en 24 maart is bij het Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité (EESC) de veertiende editie van Jouw Europa, jouw mening! (YEYS!) gehouden. Voor dat evenement kwamen 105 leerlingen van 35 scholen uit de 27 landen van de EU en de zeven kandidaat-lidstaten in Brussel bijeen. Gezien de vele maatschappelijke en economische uitdagingen, de krimpende ruimte voor het maatschappelijk middenveld en de bedreiging van de vrede en de grondrechten, stond de conferentie dit jaar in het teken van de “Dialoog met jongeren over democratie”. Jongeren moeten namelijk hun zegje kunnen doen wanneer de toekomst van Europa wordt uitgestippeld. De aanbevelingen van de scholieren zullen in juni 2023 aan de Europese instellingen en aan hooggeplaatste EU-beleidsmakers worden voorgelegd.

  • Reference number
    15/2023

    On 23 March, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a plenary debate and adopted a resolution entitled "United for Democracy" with concrete proposals to strengthen democracies and democratic values across the European Union. Policymakers, experts, and organised civil society representatives agreed that civic education, better funding to social partners and a focus on the local dimension, are key to democracy in Europe.

  • Reference number
    45/2022

    The EESC held a debate in plenary on the growing importance of organised civil society and cities in Europe's ability to face asymmetric shocks and unforeseen crises. This was linked to the adoption of two opinions, on Flexible Assistance to Territories (FAST-CARE) and on the Ljubljana Agreement on the Urban Agenda of the EU. The Committee welcomes both initiatives, but finds they miss the bar in terms of properly empowering and involving organised civil society. A key measure proposed by the EESC is to create a separate EU fund for the reconstruction and development of Ukraine to complement the efforts made by the Member States.

  • In its resolution on the involvement of organised civil society in the implementation and monitoring of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) the European Economic and Social Committee calls for clear rules to effectively involve social partners and civil society organisations in the Member states' strategies to bring the economy back on track.