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En 2006/2007, les étudiants du DESS (aujourd’hui, Executive master) en Communication et Affaires européennes de l’IHECS-Bruxelles (Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales) se sont organisés en Parlement européen (simulation) pour rédiger une proposition visant à renforcer le poids de la société civile à travers une réforme du Comité économique et social européen (CESE). Concrètement,… » read more

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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… » read more

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The European Union’s so-called Community Initiatives were launched about 15 years ago in order to encourage the participation of local actors in cooperation and the exchange of experiences on a European level. LEADER, URBAN, EQUAL and other acronyms stood for a bottom-up approach to local planning and the participation of civil society in political decision-making.… » read more

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Repenser les procédures d’autorisation des variétés transgéniques en Europe est un impératif, tant d’un point de vue scientifique que démocratique. Ces procédures doivent garantir une évaluation indépendante et rigoureusedes dossiers, associer les citoyens aux prises de décisions à travers un processus aussi transparent que possible et permettre le recours à des clauses de sauvegarde tant… » read more

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Rethinking the authorization procedures of trans-genetic varieties in Europe is imperative, both from a scientific and a democratic perspective. These procedures need to guarantee a rigorous independent evaluation of files, involve citizens in decision-making throughout a process that is as transparent as possible and which gives recourse to both national and regional safeguard clauses. Without… » read more

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We ask for coherent polices to ensure the well-being of small farmers. About 10 million of the 14 million farms in the EU are under 5 hectares in size. Of this total, two-thirds are operating at subsistence level, the other third mainly on a semi-subsistence basis. They are the homes of 10 million households, they… » read more

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L’Europe s’est fondée sur le principe de subsidiarité. La peur de nombreux Etats membres de perdre leur pouvoir a conduit à attribuer à l’Union Européenne une liste limitée de compétences. Paradoxalement, ce processus a renforcé le rôle exclusif de l’économie de marché dans la gouvernance de l’Union. D’autres modes de gouvernance se développent de manière… » read more

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Europe is founded on the principle of subsidiarity. The fear of losing power held by numerous member states has led them to give the European Union a limited list of competencies. Paradoxically, this process reinforced the exclusive role of the market economy in the governance of the Union. Other modes of governance are developing pragmatically… » read more

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Chaque jour, les politiques font des choix technologiques déterminants. Pour cela, ils sont conseillés par les lobbys industriels. Grande absente de ces débats : la société civile. Notre proposition vise à favoriser l’émergence de veilles citoyennes d’informationsémanant de la société civile. Ces « vieilles citoyennes d’informations » permettraient d’informer les politiciens avant la prise des… » read more

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Every day, policies are made according to important technical decisions. These decisions are made after considering the advice of industrial lobbies. Something is missing in the debate: civil society. Our proposal seeks to favour the emergence of civic information watchdogs emanating from civil society. These civic information watchdogs will allow politicians to be informed about… » read more

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