We were all happy when the European Commission designated 2013 as the European Year of Citizens. Citizens play a central role in Europe’s future and integration. What could be more appropriate and timely to dedicate a European Year to them?
The "European Citizens' Initiative Helpdesk at the European Economic and Social Committee" is a compact brochure on the ECI-related serviced provided by the EESC.
Statement by Julia Von Weiler (Innocence in Danger) on the occasion of the EESC hearing on ’Protection of children against sexual abuse’
It has never been so important as it is now to put citizens and European citizenship at the heart of the EU agenda. And indeed, as the title of this conference says, we must make the most of the European Year of Citizens.
Citizenship has been central to the development of the EU project; it is the very essence of our democracy; it is linked to the idea that the European Union works when we enjoy certain rights and when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations.
In 2004 the European Union experienced its biggest enlargement so far, welcoming 10 new Member States. A decade later, members of the Employers' Group representing employers' organisations from these countries summarise the changes that have taken place thanks to accession to the EU.
Successful experiences and promising practices from the 2016 EESC Civil Society Prize
Presentation by Regina Jensdottir (Council of Europe, co-ordinator of the "One in Five" and "Underwear rule" campaigns) on the occasion of the EESC hearing on ’Protection of children against sexual abuse’
The EESC believes that there is much more to European citizenship, and that a political system such as the EU must cultivate and strengthen the political, social and cultural dimensions of the Union. If we want people to feel truly connected to Europe, we need to develop their ability to exercise political power ("power" in the sense of participation in governance). We can develop that ability by providing knowledge about the political system and using mechanisms that allow for participation from the bottom up.