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The report on the situation in Hungary is adopted with two-third majority

Today, the European Parliament decided to support the report on the situation in Hungary. This report, drafted by Mrs. Sargentini (Greens/EFA, Netherlands) was backed by 448 members. More than two-third of MEPs voted in favour of the report (197 against, 49 abstentions), although several groups refused to take actions against Viktor Orban’s government.

The European Civic Forum is pleased to see that members of the European Parliament stood up for fundamental rights, Rule of Law and democracy. Days before the vote, we have actively called upon MEPs to support the vote. The ECF followed the adoption from an early stage and welcomes this move by the Parliament. Beyond the points mentioned here, the Parliament also had concerns about other issues. Among others, freedom of expression, corruption and conflicts of interest, but also freedom of association and rights of minorities and migrants were longly documented in Mrs. Sargentini’s report.

The Council now in charge of pursuing the dialogue with Hungarian authorities

EU member states will now have to take over the case against Hungary and open talks with the government. They may, acting by a majority of four fifths, determine the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach of the EU values in Hungary. The Council would first have to hear the views of the Hungarian authorities, and Parliament would need to give consent. The EU member states may also choose to address recommendations to Hungary to counter the risk.

At a later stage, the European Council may determine, by unanimity and with the Parliament’s consent, the existence in Hungary of a serious and persistent breach of the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights. This could eventually lead to sanctions, such as the suspension of the voting rights in the Council.

CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS REQUEST WITHDRAWAL OF THE DRAFT LAW ON AMENDMENTS ON THE LAW ON SOCIAL PROTECTION

A group of civil society organisations is contesting the Draft Law on amendments on the Law on social protection in Serbia, after a non-transparent process of consultation by the Serbian government and several paragraphs that could undermine the rights of workers and the social welfare system in the country.
The ECF, through its member organisation Initiative for Development and Cooperation, is sharing the open letter addressed to EU decision-makers (Serbian below)
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The group of civil society organizations consisting of Trag Foundation, A11 – Initiative for Economic and Social Rights, European Movement in Serbia, Astra, Autonomous Women’s Center, Civic Initiatives, Foundation Center for Democracy, Initiative for Development and Cooperation, National Coalition for Decentralization, SeCons – Development Initiative Group and CRTA have launched the Initiative for withdrawal from the procedure of the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Social Protection, demanding from the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs  to include key domestic and international actors in a discussion on the priorities of the reform of the social protection system. By 5th August, the date of the end of the public discussion, the initiative had been supported by 506 signatures, among which 115 of CSOs from Serbia.

As representatives of civil society in Serbia we are concerned about human rights violation and undermining of interests of beneficiaries which could be the consequence of the introduced changes of the Draft Law. The Draft Law inadequately regulates the legal matter and it is inconsistent with other relevant national regulations and obligations that Republic of Serbia has undertaken by the ratification of international treaties guaranteeing fundamental human rights. Furthermore, overall social protection system is being more centralised, which is contrary to the recommendations of the European Commission on the decentralization of the social protection system. We wish to remind that the overall process of drafting legislative proposal is non-transparent and without involvement of relevant actors including civil society organizations dealing with social protection issues. The most concerning elements of the Draft Law are:

  • Forced Labour. The Draft Law prescribes that the right on social support can only be granted to the person capable to work, if that person has not refused to work or  take part even in direct job creation measures. Contrary to the Article 20 of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, it undermines level of achieved rights and violates international obligations of the Republic of Serbia for prevention of forced labour and discrimination prescribed by the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Labour Convention C 29 from 1930.
  • Centralisation of the social protection system. The possibility that a number of by-laws are brought by the Minister without defining basic terms and conditions is contrary to the fundamental principles of legal certainty and it can lead to the subsequent reduction of the rights of beneficiaries within social protection system. Additionally, contrary to the recommendations of the European Commission on the decentralization of the social protection system, the local self-government could not appoint or dismiss the director of the Center for Social Welfare without prior approval of the Ministry.
  • Conditioning of the financial support. The Draft Law stipulates that financial assistance is conditioned by regular education and achieving success within the education system. Conditioning financial assistance is in contradiction with the regulations governing the education system, and contrary to the principle of the best interests of the child referred to in Article 3, Paragraph 1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Wide range of authority of the Centers for Social Welfare. Centers for Social Welfare are given widen range of authority in terms of collecting user data, which creates the risk of disproportionate interference with citizens’ rights and violation of the right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

We call for the support from the European institutions and the international community in influencing the Government of Serbia and the Ministry of Labor to withdraw the existing Draft Law and to initiate new process of legislative changes based on national laws, taking care of protection and promotion of the highest level of human rights.


 

ORGANIZACIJE GRAĐANSKOG DRUŠTVA ZAHTEVAJU POVLAČENJE NACRTA ZAKONA O IZMENAMA i DOPUNAMA ZAKONA O SOCIJALNOJ ZAŠTITI

Grupa organizacija civilnog društva koju čine Trag fondacija, A 11 – Inicijativa za ekonomska i socijalna prava, Evropski pokret u Srbiji, Astra, Autonomni ženski centar, Građanske inicijative, Fondacija Centar za demokratiju, Inicijativa za razvoj i saradnju, Nacionalna koalicija za decentralizacijuSeCons – Grupa za razvojnu inicijativu i CRTA u toku prošle nedelje pokrenula je Inicijativu za povlačenje iz procedure Nacrta zakona o izmenama i dopunama Zakona o socijalnoj zaštiti, zahtevajući od Ministarstva za rad, zapošljavanje, boračka i socijalna pitanja da se otvori javna diskusija sa ključnim domaćim i međunarodnim akterima o prioritetima reforme sistema socijalne zaštite. Do 5. avgusta kada je bio rok za javnu raspravu, putem platforme, Ministarstvu je upućeno ukupno 506 zahteva za povlačenje Nacrta zakona o izmenama i dopunama Zakona o socijalnoj zaštiti, a od toga 115 zahteva od strane organizacija civilnog društva (OCD).

Kao predstavnici civilnog društva u Srbiji, duboko smo zabrinuti zbog posledica koje bi Nacrt zakona proizveo imajući u vidu da se predloženim zakonskim izmenama ozbiljno ograničavaju osnovna ljudska prava, ugrožavaju interesi korisnika i korisnica usluga socijalne zaštite, a sistem socijalne zaštite se centralizuje suprotno preporukama Evropske komisije o decentralizaciji sistema socijalne zaštite. Nacrt zakona na neadekvatan način reguliše zakonsku materiju, neusaglašen je sa drugim propisima, kao i sa obavezama koje je Republika Srbija preuzela ratifikacijom međunarodnih ugovora kojima se garantuju osnovna ljudska prava.

Navedenim Nacrtom zakona, između ostalog,  predviđa se:

  • Prinudni rad. Tekstom je definisano da pravo na novčanu socijalnu pomoć može ostvariti radno sposoban pojedinac, ukoliko u poslednjih šest meseci nije odbio, između ostalog, učešće u javnim radovima. Predloženim nacrtom zakonskog teksta se, suprotno garancijama iz člana 20. Ustava Republike Srbije umanjuje dostignuti nivo ljudskih prava i krše međunarodne obaveze Republike Srbije u vezi sa sprečavanjem prinudnog rada i diskriminacije.
  • Centralizacija sistema socijalne zaštite. Mogućnost da brojne podzakonske akte propisuje ministar bez prethodnog propisivanja osnovnih pojmova i uslova u suprotnosti je sa osnovnim načelima pravne sigurnosti i može dovesti do naknadnog umanjenja prava korisnika novčane socijalne pomoći. Dodatno, suprotno preporukama Evropske komisije o decentralizaciji sistema socijalne zaštite, lokalna samouprava neće smeti ni da postavi ni da smeni direktora centra za socijalni rad bez prethodne saglasnosti nadležnog ministarstva.
  • Uslovljavanje novčane socijalne pomoći. Nacrtom Zakona propisano je da se novčana socijalna pomoć uslovljava redovnim školovanjem i ostvarivanjem uspeha u obrazovnom sistemu. Ovakvo propisivanje uslova za ostvarivanje novčane socijalne pomoći u suprotnosti je sa propisima kojima se uređuje sistem obrazovanja i vaspitanja, ali i u suprotnosti sa principom najboljeg interesa deteta iz člana 3. stav 1 Konvencije o pravima deteta.
  • Preširoka ovlašćenja centara za socijalni rad. Centrima za socijalni rad data su preširoka ovlašćenja u pogledu prikupljanja podataka o korisnicima, što stvara rizik od neproporcionalnog zadiranja u prava građana i kršenja prava na privatnost iz člana 8. Evropske konvencije o ljudskim pravima.

Zbog gore navedenih argumenata, ovom prilikom pozivamo Evropske institucije i međunarodnu zajednicu da nas podrže u ovom zahtevu kako bi zajedno uticali na Vladu Republike Srbije i Ministarstvo za rad, zapošljavanje, boračka i socijalna pitanja  da povuku postojeći Nacrt zakona i pokrenu novi proces izrade zakonskih izmena poštujući pozitivne propise i međunarodne konvencije i vodeći računa o poštovanju, zaštiti i promociji osnovnih ljudskih prava.

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New Europeans nominated for the Europe Award

Great news: New Europeans is in the running for the prestigious Europe Award 2019! Now it’s up to the young Europeans to vote for the winner. If you’re 35 years old or younger, then your vote is needed — and we need it today!

This nomination couldn’t come at a better time. The #GreenCard4Europe campaign to protect the freedom of movement in Europe after Brexit has gained lots of traction — but now, with the summer break coming up, we can’t risk losing our momentum.

This vote is a great opportunity to keep up the pressure on lawmakers, and show the scale of young Europeans’ support to our #GreenCard4Europe initiative.

Winning the Award would boost the visibility of our campaign and help put our demands firmly on the agenda of the Brexit negotiators on both sides of the table. That’s exactly what we need right now to keep up the pressure, and make sure the future relations between the UE and the UK respect our rights. But we can only win if enough of us vote!

So if you are under 35, do not lose any more time, vote for New Europeans by clicking here
If you are over 35, your voice is still very important. Thus, you can share the call for votes on social media. To this end, please have a look at New European’s pages (Facebook and Twitter)

New Europeans were nominated for the prestigious Schwarzkopf Europe Award 2019 for our #GreenCard4Europe campaign to unilaterally guarantee the freedom of movement rights of the three million EU27 citizens living in the UK and 1,5 million British citizens living in other EU member states.

Our proposal for a Green Card for Europe is unique – no other group, party or person proposed a realistic and fair solution to end the uncertainty around citizens’ rights after Brexit while upholding our shared values of integration, equality and diversity.

Our campaign has already received the Financial Times Award in the Future for Britain competition. But this time we have a chance to win a truly European prize.

The Schwarzkopf Foundation has been granting its Europe Award since 2003 for distinguished work for a better, closer, more united Europe. We’re so proud to have our work recognised and appreciated by young Europeans. It’s our shared success — yours, too.

Civic space shrinking in 2017 shows Civil Society Europe’s report

Last Friday, 22 June, Carlotta Besozzi, coordinator of Civil Society Europe, was invited at a side event of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. She took the opportunity to present the report on Civic Space for Europe in 2017, invited by CIVICUS.

Trust in open civic space, but deteriorating in some countries

report  The survey, based on interviews and comments from organisations and activists, shows a general confidence of CSOs in the European Economic Area in the freedom  of association, assembly and of expression which is particularly striking if compared to candidate countries in the European neighborhood. However, there is a widespread perception of lack of progress and deterioration.

Among factors that raised concern about the shrinking of civic space is the decline of rule of law and transparency, and the emergence of forms of managed participation in countries traditionally supportive of civil society. Also worrying is the rise of right-wing populism and the spread of hate speech which give more visibility to extreme voices and contributes to the creation of informal barriers and discourages people, especially those belonging to vulnerable groups, from joining the political debate. Neoliberal policies, austerity, and lack of understanding of the specificity of civil society are also source of anxiety.

European institutions to be more proactive on the issue

The report calls for the European institutions to act more proactively on the shrinking civic space by  playing a greater role in upholding democratic principles and setting guidelines to ensure an enabling environment for civil society. The report points out at the fact that “when institutions failed to carry out a convincing and effective action to condemn and sanction breaches of EU values in a country, this had a negative resonance among civil society”.

 

The full report can be found on the website of Civil Society Europe.

The European Citizenship Awards are back!

The European Citizenship Awards 2018 is a joint initiative between the European Civic Forum and Volonteurope, two European networks which promote active citizenship and recognition of the importance of social justice to the cohesion of communities across Europe.

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The Awards celebrate the democratic and civic engagement of individuals, organisations, citizens’ groups and social enterprises.  They recognise innovative initiatives and contributions which give real substance to European values, create ownership of public space and improve the lives of their communities in terms of democracy, social justice and universal access to rights.
The European Citizenship Awards 2018 seek to reward initiatives which promote solidarity and contribute to the creation of community cohesion, inclusion and social justice.” Eligible nominations are sought from all current Member States of the Council of Europe in the following categories:

  1. Volunteer of the Year will reward individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to democratic life and to the development of a community or a cause, through a volunteering role in an NGO or in another form of organisation or community association (including informal groups)
  2. Social Enterprise of the Year will reward businesses or not-for-profit organisations founded on the basis of social groups, which are written into the enterprise’s vision and mission, and which bring positive social change and create cohesion in communities
  3. Active Citizens’ Initiative of the Year will reward grassroots campaigns organised by both formal and informal groups of citizens, with a real and proven impact on community cohesion and which have a high potential for creating transformative change.

 

Promoting citizenship and shedding light on social engagement

If you wish to make a nomination under one of the above categories, please complete the form below no later than by 9 September 2018. An international judging panel will make a shortlist selection of nominees in each of the four categories, which will then be submitted to an online vote between 17 September and 1 October. The online vote will represent 50% of the overall final score, while the remaining 50% will be given by the judging panel.

The winners will be contacted shortly after the final meeting of the judging panel and the press announcement will be released on 8 October 2018. The Awards Ceremony will take place on 2 December 2018, in the Palace of Culture of Gdansk (Poland).

If you or your acquaintances know about any individual, initiative or social enterprise that deserves better visibility and genuinely acts for European values, it is your chance to make them widely known!

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Sofia, here we come! European Civic Days – 29-31 May 2018

BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS and carrying forward the legacy of civil society forums in countries holding the EU Presidencies over the last ten years, the European Civic Forum joins forces with
the Citizen Participation Forum, the BlueLink Foundation and the European Citizen Action Service to organize a European conference “Citizenship – Participation –Policies: Building Europe from Grassroots up” on 29 and 30 May in Sofia.

Taking stock of the current state of democracy and civic space in Europe, this conference will spot positive examples of civic engagement and co-decision in policy making, placing civic participation in the broader context of European democracy with growing demands from citizens to have a real say in shaping their future in common? As democratic representation is facing
an unprecedented crisis of legitimacy and the gap between politics and citizens has been widening, in many cities, regions, countries, and often transnationally, new forms of engagement are emerging, outside the box of representative democracy. Civic actors and movements build power upon strong local or regional support, but their claims need to be addressed in a wider context, as we leave now in a multi-level governance system where policy-making responsibility is shared among a variety of actors at European, national and local levels.

How can the European Union better take into account its citiznes concerns and expectations? What place should civil society organisations have in changing the way citizens are involved in decision-making? What are the challenges and opportunities of co-deciding with citizens at local, national and European levels.

This event provides a unique space for civic actors to share and learn from different experiences, hear from a variety of stakeholders and envision ways forward towards a renewal of the European democracy along core values of equality, solidarity and inclusiveness.

The full programme is accessible here, you can follow the debates with our hashtag #EUCivicDays2018

Mark Zuckerberg continues Apologies Tour, though nothing on data protection

Yesterday, May 22, Mark Zuckerberg was invited to testify in front of the European Parliament, after a livestreaming-or-not drama which followed the announcement by the EP secretariat that the audition would take place behind closed doors and with no cameras in the room… ironic when the main topic was personal online privacy !

One could notice that only the leaders of the political groups, chair of the LIBE Committee Claude Moraes and EP President Antonio Tajani were authorised attended the meeting. However, this did not prevent Facebook’s CEO from answering some tricky questions.

Although he insisted on the fact that more than 200 apps were banned from Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica scandal*, Zuckerberg admitted that his company has put too little efforts in protecting personal data of their users. He assured the audience that Facebook would comply with the new GDPR, entering into force this Friday, May 25 (one would say that it is compulsory for any company working on EU territory…) and that he intended to better Artificial Intelligence to stop hate messages on the social media.

All in all, the MEPs were quite unsatisfied by the answers Mr. Zuckerberg gave, regretting the format of the hearing, which allowed him to “cherry-pick his responses”, while the Greens pointed out at the lack of seriousness in Zuckerberg’s answers to the EP representatives.

This debate came amid growing concerns about data protection within the EU, with several cases of misuse of personal data by third entities and private companies. It is very timely for the European Civic Forum, as we will precisely discuss the issue of civil liberties and online surveillance by both States and private actors at the Civil Society Days, to take place on 25 and 25 May in the European Economic and Social Committee. The workshop, organised together with the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) and the Transport, Energy and Information Society section of the EESC, will notably feature Mario Oetheimer from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, but also EDRi, Yes We Hack and some inputs by Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who revealed the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

 

*British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica worked on US President Donald Trump’s campaign, and acquired the data of 87 million users, including up to 2.7 million in the EU, via Facebook.

European Ombudsman severly criticises the lack of transparency within the Council

Following her inquiry into the transparency of legislative discussions in the preparatory bodies of the Council of the EU (the ‘Council’), the Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has issued a special report to the European Parliament to seek its support on the matter.

She notably pointed out that the Council, the body representing the Member States at the European level, was not a “star pupil” when it comes to transparency in its meetings and decision-making processes. While aknowledging that other institutions, such as the European Commission have made efforts towards more transparent functioning, Mr. O’Reilly asked the European Parliament to support her and so backed the numerous findings from civil society organisations on this issue.

In order also for citizens to be able to hold their governments to account for the decisions they make on EU laws, they need to know how their governments positioned themselves during the legislative process. Making such information public would also oblige Member State governments to assume greater responsibility for this legislation and discourage them from ‘blaming Brussels’ for EU laws they themselves helped to shape and adopt.

She insisted on the need to document and make accessible the preparatory discussions and work that takes place in advance of meetings between heads of states or ministers.

National representatives are democratically accountable to national parliaments . . . To hold government to account they need to know how governments position themselves in the legislative process. This is lacking [at the European Council level].

In a consultation she launched last year, the Ombudsman asked for inputs and recommendations from all stakeholders, including civil society organisations. A recommendation was formulated by Transparency International EU’s office too, which welcomed the move made by Mrs. O’Reilly.

Although the meetings between heads of states and/or ministers are generally covered by the media and commented, it is very hard to access information on the different positions by the member states. The European Council, where the national egos are naturally the strongest, is in charge of co-deciding with the European Parliament on proposals formulated by the European Commission.

From 30 April to 8 July – they will march for migrants !

An unprecedented initiative will kick-off in France on Monday, 30 April. Willing to gather together citizens and raise awareness about the situation of migrants coming to France, but also about the activists that give real substance to solidarity, l’Auberge des Migrants and Roya Citoyenne decided to organise a migrants’ march that will rock France from South to North.
A few days before starting this journey in the highly symbolic city of Vintimille, at the French-Italian border, Emilien and Anaïs agreed to answer a few questions for the MEGA campaign.

“How did this idea of crossing France come up? How many supports did you have at the beginning?”

François, the president of l’Auberge des Migrants, started to think about this a few months ago, as he wanted to raise awareness about the reception of migrants in France. In January we started contacting many organisations throughout the country, to know who would be on board in this journey. Indeed we were primarily looking for organisations working with migrants, but we also reached out at those which share our vision and help those in need. We now have several organisations that will help us alongside the march, but some of them unfortunately had to cancel their support, because of political pressures, especially in cities run by Front National mayors.

 “How do you see the march, a few days after the adoption by the National Assembly of a restrictive law on asylum and migration?”

We do not focus on the outcome of the vote, our idea is really to engage people into a dialogue, to reflect about the way migrants are treated when they arrive in France. We will bring together organisations, local representatives, citizens, everyone who wants basically. They are all invited to debate, whether they agree with us or not.

Our main point is to talk about the reception of migrants, but first and foremost about the criminalization of solidarity, which happens all over Europe and especially in France. From the French-Italian border to Calais, dozens of ordinary citizens are considered criminals because they help people who put their lives at risk to flee war and misery. We really need to raise awareness about the daily threats, intimidations and pressure from police authorities.

“Did you think of some concrete expectations from the March?”

We did not yet plan any solutions; they will be developed throughout the different stages. Though, we have already launched a petition, so that people can support us. Of course we set up a crowdfunding campaign to support those who will march and we will collect various items (shoes, clothes, cover decks…) during our journey. This action has a budget (60,000€) which is hardly covered by not-for-profit organisations, so any kind of support is more than welcome. Anyone can dedicate some time, some money to our cause.

Our biggest challenge will be to reassure those citizens who are afraid of welcoming migrants, because of the criminalization of solidarity. There are many people in this situation.

“Are you expecting some transnational support through the March?”

This would definitely be great if many organisations from other countries would join us. We understand that it is difficult to bring them to France, for several reasons. Some Italian organizations will join us for the first stage in Vintimille, but with the recent events in the region, it might be complicated to cross borders.

We should have around 15 to 20 people at each stage, but having some European back-up is a very good idea. That could also show that organisations can show solidarity among each other, because this is not an issue confined to the French boundaries. Together with citizens from across the continent, we can show that we are opposed to this unfair Dublin regulation and to the lack of cohesion among Member States on the question of migration.

“Speaking about organisations and solidarity: what kind of organisations will help or support you? How can others join the March?”

We clearly want to gather together individuals, activists and organisations, in order to work better collectively. There are not so many spaces for these different groups to speak and raise their voice together. This March will be one of them. We hope to see many groups of citizens on our way, not only in these places where migration is a burning question, but also in places which do not necessarily face the same situation. We want to involve the local organizations, regardless of their sector of activities.

We will have movies, debates, dinners, with locals at each stage, in order to get to know each other a bit better. Sharing of experience is essential in our approach. There are already several partner organisations for each stage, while we are closely working with La Roya Citoyenne on the overall event. Though, any organization can be helpful and it is up to them to determine how and when they want to help: this is the meaning of solidarity.

Complete information about the Marche Citoyenne can be found on the official website of the Auberge des Migrants: https://www.laubergedesmigrants.fr/fr/la-marche-citoyenne/

The MEGA campaign for a MEGA change in Europe

On 19 February, the European Civic Forum, together with its members, called upon all civil society representatives, activists, decision-makers and citizens to join them for the kick-off event of the transnational civic campaign Make Europe Great for All – MEGA campaign. “With this campaign, we aim at mobilising horizontally all those who want to see a Europe with more solidarity, more inclusiveness, more equality, because we cannot hear their voices in the public debate at the moment.”, said Jean-Marc Roirant, the president of the ECF.

Between risk of disintegration and proposals for reform, Europe today is navigating through murky waters. Democratic representation is confronted to a crisis of legitimacy and a claim for accountability. Civil freedoms and Human rights are downsized in the name of security, as if the latter implies sacrificing the formers. Regressive policies in terms of democracy and social cohesion strengthen regressive forces.This is precisely what supporters of the MEGA campaign want to fix, or at least include the latter into the debate about the Future of Europe: what do  equality and solidarity mean for a quarter of Europeans facing poverty and social exclusion? What do inclusive societies mean when addressing the consequences of migrations from countries hit by war, poverty and dictatorship? How to build a more democratic Europe where social and environmental rights come before the economic interests of a few? How to combine political will, legal instruments and action through civil society to safeguard democratic values and translate them into concrete policies?

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With a wide scope of speakers, from CSOs representatives (Filip Pazderski from the Institute of Public Affairs in Poland, Francesca Chiavacci from ARCI in Italy, etc.) to institutional panelists such as Georges Dassis (president of the EESC), Michal Boni (MEP, Poland) and Philippe Lamberts (co-chair of the Greens group in the European Parliament), the European Civic Forum launched a wide reflection, which will feature multiple events throughout Europe, but also debates to include all these topics into the campaign for the 2019 European elections. This will ultimately enable civil society to put pressure so that political leaders, media representatives and citizens can appropriate the tools and take an active part in the debate.