60 years after the Treaty of Rome, the European Union is facing very different reality since its beginnings in 1957. Over that period we have seen economical partnership of 6 strong members to grow into Union of 28 members who share the same values and vision for peaceful, fair and prosperous continent. However the last development including financial and migration crisis framed within the post-truth rhetoric from newly emerged political forces, created more gaps and divides rather than foreseen integration. The upcoming year will be crucial for making European project attractive to its citizens again and the civil society organizations are ready to continue the dialogue with policymakers and strengthening of public trust into democratic institutions.
Civil society organisations (CSOs) that include for instance non-governmental organisations (NGOs), professional associations, social partners, universities or media representatives, play a crucial role in promoting active citizenship in Europe among all communities and generations.
To strengthen the role of the civil society we will fight for:
● A robust, independent and diversified organized civil society that is underpinned by adequate public financing.
● The European institutions should promote a positive image of CSOs and preserve their independence, particularly by strengthening their capacity for action and engagement in social innovation and civic participation.
● The EU should maintain and further reinforce its leadership as donor of humanitarian assistance and international cooperation and proactively promote a fully-fledged civil society based on the article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty.
● The Sustainable Development Goals and gender equality priorities should be mainstreamed in the future MFF.