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Civil Society Europe

European Coordination of Civil Society Organisations

Civil Society Europe was initiated on 16 December 2014 in Rome, bringing together European networks of civil society organisations that adhere to its Manifesto and that are willing to work towards regenerating the European project around the shared values of Equality, Solidarity, Inclusiveness and Democracy.

Civil Society Europe will enable horizontal exchanges between civil society organisations and movements across Europe providing a common and permanent space to:

  • Share experiences and knowledge
  • Scale up campaigns and other forms of collective action
  • Strengthen the capacity of its members to connect people in the diversity of their democratic forms of expression
  • Act for change around the shared values expressed in its Manifesto.

Civil Society Europe aims to be influential in shaping the agenda on transversal issues of common interest for citizens and their organisations and to nurture a vibrant European democracy grounded in civic participation, safeguarding the full respect of the freedoms of expression, information, assembly and association across Europe, to ensure that people’s aspirations, guided by the values we share, are heard and responded to. Throughout its activities, Civil Society Europe will strive for the full implementation of Article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty on civil dialogue.

What Does ECAS Do?

  • Participates actively in the meeting of the Steering Committee.
  • Contributes to the drafting of all of Civil Society Europe’s Strategic documents.
  • Commits to the  allocation of time, and organisational and human resources to help achieve Civil Society Europe objectives.

Civil Society Europe

Liaison Group - EESC

The Liaison Group was set up by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to interact with European civil society organisations and networks and it is designed to be both a liaison body and a structure for political dialogue. It ensures that the EESC takes a coordinated approach towards these organisations and networks, as well as allowing for joint initiatives.

Its aim is to strengthen cooperation with European civil society organisations and, more specifically, to:

  • exchange information and views on the organisations’ respective work programmes and relevant events;
  • identify themes on which cooperation might be appropriate and possible;
  • examine the feasibility of practical arrangements for the increased involvement of the networks in the EESC’s consultative work;
  • consult or cooperate on preparations for certain hearings, seminars, conferences, etc.;
  • study any other matters of common interest, e.g. in the context of dialogue with the EU institutions

What Does ECAS Do?

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