As Europe and its societies continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic and the Conference on the Future of Europe enters its final phase, the EESC will host its annual Civil Society Days in March 2022. bringing together individual citizens, civil society and the European institutions in an inclusive process aimed at addressing some of the major societal challenges facing the Union today to shape its future.
Under the general themeThe EU as a driver of shared prosperity – civil society for an economy that works for people and the planetparticipants will explore how to make Europe more resilient and how to stimulate the transition to a more social, greener and more digital European economy. Only a just transition can ensure that these processes benefit people as a whole and the environment, while increasing European prosperity. Such a transition should also defend and promote the fundamental rights and principles of the European Union: solidarity and human rights, democracy, social justice and equality.
In their role as spokespersons, agents of change and guardians of the common good, civil society organizations are crucial in defending these values.
A society based on European values, democracy, inclusiveness and solidarity is a precondition for prosperity. For the latter to become a reality for all, cooperation and solidarity must be at the heart of all public policy and all international relations. Increasing inequality within and between countries is paving the way for regressive populism, racism and other forms of discrimination that lead to division and conflict between citizens and groups of citizens. To bring shared and lasting prosperity to Europe, this kind of division and lack of equal opportunities must be eliminated through appropriate public policies, responsible employment and business activities based on openness, inclusion, human rights, fairness and a sense of a shared future and overall good.
Civil society plays a vital role and needs a stimulating environment to act to contribute to the vision of shared prosperity and an economy that works for people and the planet. This can be achieved by participating in the design of fair, sustainable and inclusive public policy actions, and then by complementing this public action, but also by collaborating, where appropriate, with public and other private actors with expertise , knowledge, networks, other resources and good ground connections.
In this context, civil society members of the EESC Liaison Group will organize, in collaboration with the EESC sections, seven interactive workshops addressing, inter alia, the following questions: What does shared prosperity mean for Europeans? What is the role of civil society? How can public policy be made fairer, more sustainable and more inclusive? Can we have a thriving economy for everyone who leaves no one behind? Or again, do European Union policies respond to the need for shared prosperity or are they creating a multi-speed Europe?
These questions and many more will be covered around key topics such as:
- Skills development opportunities for all;
- Intergenerational dialogues between entrepreneurs in the European Union;
- Volunteers and Volunteers for Prosperity;
- A stimulating environment for civil society;
- Building a democratic economy for a just transition;
- A social and environmental market economy for the future of Europe†
- The future of social protection and the European welfare state.
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