Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe – Thematic Clusters Work Initiated

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On 27 May 2021, BCSDN took part in the first meeting of one of the five working groups as per the thematic clusters of the CSO Convention on the Future of Europe, coordinated by Civil Society Europe. Over 75 European networks and platforms have come together to scrutinize the democratic functioning of the Conference of the Future of Europe and ensure a real involvement of citizens and their representative associations in the process.

Each of the thematic clusters of the CSO Convention (The fight against climate change and environmental challenges; Social Europe; Europe’s digital transformation; Our European Life; and The Union’s democratic foundations, and how to strengthen democratic processes governing the European Union – To make Europe a citizens’ project) have its own working group(s) that will meet several times during the year to support the work of the cluster chairs, organize the consultations with the constituencies of the members of the convention and produce the output on the topic.

As part of “The Union’s democratic foundations” cluster, co-chaired by ALDA and ECOLISE, BCSDN will work on developing a framework for consultations with constituencies on the priorities and changes we wish to see in the future European Union. The consultations will feed the cluster’s report, which, together with the other four clusters’ reports and a joint preamble, will be presented and sent to decision-makers, media, and civil society all around Europe. The Civil Society Convention and its broad alliance will work alongside the official process of the Conference and intercept it with its own reflections and contributions.

BCSDN actively participates in the work of the Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe. During the constituent meeting after the official launch of the Convention, held in March 2021, followed by CSO joint declaration, BCSDN advocated for the inclusion of Western Balkans citizens and civil society in the Conference of the Future of Europe.

In respect to the upcoming activities of the process, on 7 June 2021, The Civil Society Convention on the Future of Europe is organizing a public event with a high-level panel debate with the Vice President of the European Commission, Dubravka Šuica, as well as a dialogue with the Conference Secretariat on the Conference Platform and of the citizens’ panels.

If you are interested in taking part in the Convention’s activities and consultations, and in advocating for the inclusion of Western Balkans citizens in the Conference, contact us at executiveoffice@balkancsd.net.

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