European Civil Society: Time for a European Statute for Associations?
The EESC will hold a public hearing “European Civil Society: Time for a European Statute for Associations?” on 10 September to gather views from the institutions and civil society on the proposal and collect ideas to make it stronger.
Since 1984, the European Parliament has called for a Statute for a European association. Has the time now come to finally make this come true? EU institutions are increasingly recognising the social, economic and civic impact of European association networks and national NGOs in the current difficult context with rising social tensions and polarisation. In addition, the EU institutions are also concerned about the shrinking civic space in Europe.
The EFC’s Enabling Environment Manager, Hanna Surmatz, will speak on the first panel exploring “Is a statute for associations needed at European level?” from 10:15 to 11:15.