European democracy action plan

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Mnenje EESO: European democracy action plan

This opinion is the EESC's contribution to the implementation of the European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP) published by the European Commission in December 2020. The EESC welcomes the document, which it views as both positive and necessary, and recommends that the European Commission add to it a specific pillar for the involvement of civil society and social partners and the promotion of labour democracy. Indeed, the EESC regrets that the EDAP has failed to address the important role of the social contract, social dialogue and collective bargaining in reducing inequalities and encouraging Europeans to embrace democratic ideals. The EESC also believes that greater emphasis should be placed on civil dialogue, and it therefore reiterates its call for the creation of an annual Civil Society Forum on Fundamental Rights and the Rule of Law (SOC/627). The EESC proposes to include in the EDAP a large-scale initiative to foster education on democracy and fundamental rights, in particular with regard to young people. Finally, it insists on the swift implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, the Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act, and on action to address strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP).