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June 4, 2013

Inaugural European Citizen’s Summit

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Written by: Politis

The eight networks member of the Civil Society Contact Group, a cross-sectoral coalition of NGO actors, are organizing the first Citizen’s Summit taking place in Brussels from 24 June 13.00 to 25 June  14.00 2013. The event will bring together for the first time professionals, practitioners and activists from across the different sectors of culture, development, education, environment, health, human rights, social affairs and women’s rights to discuss the future of Europe. The intention is to foster an open dialogue amongst a diverse group from across Europe in order to start a genuine participatory process on the future of the European Union, and what this means for people living within its borders, in the belief that by creating a shared understanding and dialogue, one can help move forward common objectives for a common future.

The Summit is being organized to coincide with the European Year for Citizens and the CSCG is gathering high level participants from international organizations, EU institutions, civil society, and other stakeholders from across the EU. At a time of economic and political uncertainties across our continent, our intention is to mark the first of a civil society parallel process to European Summits, and lead to the development of side events to bring the priorities and concerns of citizens to the discussions by European decision-makers.

The EU Civil Society Contact Group brings together eight large rights and value based NGO sectors — culture, environment, education, development, human rights, public health, social and women.

The members of these sectoral platforms are European NGO networks. They bring together the voices of hundreds of thousands of associations across the Union, linking the national with the European level, representing a large range of organised interests.

Jointly the Contact Group aims to represent the views and interests of rights and value based civil society organisations across the European Union on major issues, which affect us across their sectors of activity. The objective is to encourage and promote a transparent and structured civil dialogue that is accessible, properly facilitated, inclusive, fair and respectful of the autonomy of NGOs.


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