This book is neither the first nor last word on the role of organised civil society in democratic life in
the European Union. However, it does present a number of fascinating illustrations about the way civil
society organisations provide avenues of expression for the European citizen.
Above all, though, this has not been written for the seasoned insider who already knows his or her way
around “Brussels” and the EU institutions. It is written precisely by and for those who do not spend most
of their time in “Brussels”. As such, it offers a glimpse through the other end of the telescope.
Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee