The European Civic Forum gathers together over 100 associations and NGOs across 28 European countries, working for the general interest in very diverse areas such as youth, popular education and culture, leisure activities, social action and environment, intercultural dialogue and equality between men and women, promotion of civic values and democracy, defence of Human rights.
Beyond the diversity of their field of activities, these associations share the same willingness to find a common framework to stand and act for the emergence of a European public sphere. In a context where Europe fails in its role of giving a new impetus for a new society model, carrying new aspirations, the European civil society should take over and propose a new democratic model based on citizens’ participation and common well-being.
The members of the European Civic Forum believe it is crucial to promote the idea of a European Union based on integration, as Europe’s construction cannot be reduced to a mere juxtaposition of national positions. This perception of Europe could be translated into “an ever closer union of our civil societies”, an increased structuring at the local, national and European level but also in the creation of a public space of dialogue and cooperation which would enable the formulation of common positions towards the institutions, with increased impact and legitimacy.