June 19, 2009
In 2006/2007, the students of DESS in Communication and European Affairs of IHECS-Bruxelles (Institute for Higher Education in Social Communication) organized a simulation of the European Parliament to draft a proposal that would strengthen civil society through a reform of the European Economic and Social Committee. The students advocate concrete change in the composition of the current group III (various interests) of the EESC to amplify the voice of civil society (NGOs, Associations, not-for-profits). The innovation will be that members of group III, renamed as the “Organized Civil Society Unit,” will henceforth be European representatives and no longer national delegates, as is the current status of EESC counselors. Taking the point of view of civil society into account better in the mechanism of European decision-making is a necessary condition for democracy.
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Post written by Laura Englebert, IHECS International (Institut des Hautes Etudes en Communications sociales www.ihecs.be)Author : Challenge for Europe