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ECAS upholds a great number of partnerships, either mission-related or with EU institutions, with academia and within umbrella organisations.

The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union (PLATO)

The Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union (PLATO) is a European network of leading research universities and professionals from the policy advice, consulting and civil society sectors. The innovative programme trains 15 PhD researchers to contribute to solving key policy issues for Europe.

Within its framework, PLATO offers secondment schemes for its doctoral researchers in order to improve their employability, both within and outside academia, give them experience and expand their networks. More specifically, the secondment scheme aims to enhance their skills in communicating with and writing for non-academics and thereby, increase the chances of policy impact of research findings from the PhD projects. This requires particular attention to the needs and functions of policy stakeholders (EU institutions, EU agencies, member state governments and parliaments, political advisers, public administration, NGOs, lobby groups).

For this purpose, ECAS is hosting two Marie Sklodowska Curie Visiting Fellows, who in the duration of their stay will:

  • support ECAS in its work mission
  • carry out research in different focus areas
  • take part in relevant events

ECAS is excited to welcome Fellow Emilija Tudzarovska Gjorgjievskawho will be carrying out her secondment scheme from March 9th until April 6th, 2020.

Emilija Tudzarovska Gjorgjievska PhD Student

Emilija Tudzarovska Gjorgjievska is a Marie Curie Sklodowska Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Science and the Charles University (CU) in Prague. She holds expertise in the field of democratization, EU affairs and innovative economies in the Western Balkans, and has extensive experience in the management of good governance projects and programs, working in different international and national institutions (FCO UK, KAS Germany, MCIC and International PEN). She holds a Master’s Degrees in International Politics (CERIS – ULB Diplomatic School of Brussels) and in Educational Management. She is a member of IPSA, UACES and the Global Initiative Network of Experts.


ECAS is excited to welcome Fellow Julien Bois, who will be carrying out his secondment scheme for the full month of March 2020.

Julien Bois PhD Student

Julien Bois is a PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies (Freie Universität Berlin). Previously, he worked at the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights in Brussels in the “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” department. His research, combining insights from law, political science and sociology, focuses on judicial policy-making during the Eurozone crisis. Julien Bois holds a Bachelor in European Law from the University of Orléans, a Master in European Governance and a Master in Political Sociology, both from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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?

  • 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.

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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ECAS also forms partnerships with academic groups such as the Sheffield University (Citizen BREXIT Observatory), Oxford University and others (through advisory board of the REMINDER project) as well as Maastricht University, Malmo University and European University Institute’s EUDO Citizenship.

In addition ECAS has been coordinating and hosting volunteers from Universities and similar entities across Europe since 2007, in various activities supporting the active participation of young people in the European public sphere under the European Voluntary Service (EVS).

Thank you for the motivation to keep going!

Looking forward to staying in touch and find out more about funding opportunities, and tips to write a successful international project.

ECAS Training Participant

ECAS has an outstanding experience in  providing useful information on EU funding and how to increase your chances to get some of it for your work. Regular “call for proposal” alerts, an Annual Funding Guide plus a crisp and well-structured set of f2f training sessions related to EU funded project know-how do provide best value for money – highly recommended!

Christoph Talheim

From a European Solidarity Corps trainee’s perspective, I consider myself lucky to have completed a legal traineeship at ECAS. I heard about ECAS high reputation in the field of EU Rights from the European Commission staff while I was doing my traineeship there. I became curious to have a look at the other side of the medal, concretely how an NGO contributes to EU Law.

This is how it all started and now that my traineeship is over, I can count the benefits. Not only professional, but also personal ones. I had a daily contact with EU Law situations in a wide range of forms. I was hearing citizens voice on their free movement right through everyday questions coming from them. Moreover, I had the opportunity to participate in trainings, webinars and other events on this topic in order to be updated with the latest developments.

I could see the dedication of the staff in managing citizens situations in the best way possible. I could see the staff putting dedication in everything that they do. I could see their good will in sharing their knowledge and being motivating and helpful in various cases.

After seeing so many benefits during my traineeship, I could not leave ECAS without expressing my gratitude to ECAS staff for highly contributing in changing my life. Thank you ECAS!

Esra evs testimonial

EVS is a programme that gives you an opportunity when you do not necessarily have specific experience or knowledge but do have the will to learn and expand your abilities. ECAS treats its volunteers equally and fairly, which creates a safe space for achieving various tasks and improving yourself in many ways. What stands out the most in the twelve months I enjoyed as an EVS at ECAS, besides the diverse nature of Brussels, is being part of a hard working, active international team that supports each other at all levels in empowering citizens, CSOs and governmental bodies in policy making processes. I gained specific knowledge of the IPA project cycle and project management beside citizen support services both in Europe and in pre-accession countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

There were three main components of my EVS experience, which you could think of as characters in a story: Brussels, ECAS and me. All three had an equal share and power in my one year course and together we created a very appealing and memorable story. Anyone interested should start creating one of their own.

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