EU decides “in absentia” of civil society

Civil Society Day 2013 at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels (EESC photographic library 6-3-2013).

Civil Society Day 2013 at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels (EESC photographic library, 6-3-2013).

The European Economic and Social Committee and other European civil society organisations and networks organised this year’s Civil Society Day on Wednesday 6 March at the EESC premises in Brussels. The main and burning conclusion from this event was that the EU decision-making procedures are taking place “in absentia” of any legitimisation by civil society representatives, who could transfer authentically the will of people, who sweat in the real economy. It’s impossible to set effective and functional rules on the economy, in a democratic vacuum. It never worked in history nor will it now. You hear that Mr Rehn?

According to organisers of this important event that unfortunately didn’t attract the attention of major media, more than, “250 civil society representatives gathered in Brussels to seek ways in which the young and old in Europe could gain better knowledge of their EU rights and become involved in the democratic life of the Union. Participants called on the EU institutions to stop putting procedures before results and involve citizens in actions and campaigns that affect them directly”. Obviously, the people who gathered there were not only interested in the way the EU is influencing their economic daily lives. They have also a strong interest on the way this influence is decided upon.

Democratic legitimisation

In short, democracy was their main concern. This is an instinctive reaction by the average European citizen to what is happening today in the Old Continent. People know deep in their minds that if democracy is functioning well, their personal economic affairs would depend mainly on their own efforts and nobody would dare taking away from them what is rightfully theirs. In short, they know that democracy guarantees everybody the freedom to control one’s own personal economic status and prospects. The question is then do Europeans have any reason to worry for that? Unfortunately, it seems they have.

At least, this is what the more than 250 Europeans, who authentically represent the civil society of the EU, think. Otherwise, it is difficult to explain why in their conclusions, while addressing themselves to the EU authorities, they proclaimed that, “If the EU wants to regain the trust of its citizens and continue to operate, then all governments, EU leaders and civil society stakeholders must make the case for EU reform”. This expression, “if the EU wants to regain…” is an indirect but very clear observation, that presently the EU has lost the trust of the civil society. Unfortunately, this is what the Sting has also concluded during the few months of its existence.

This civil society people gathering in its final communique also stressed that, “European leaders can no longer rely solely on elected politicians to pass on messages from their citizens. They also need civil society to ensure that their policies are more firmly rooted in citizens’ concerns, and to make their decisions more legitimate. Civil society represents millions of Europeans in all walks of life”. Why is that so? Aren’t politicians voted by people?

Obviously,the answer to this question is a straight yes. But politicians do not appear from parthenogenesis. They are being promoted by the party and the wider political, business and media “system”. That is why the civil society representatives underline the need, for “civil society to ensure that their policies are more firmly rooted in citizens’ concerns”.

The opposite direction

It is well established then that, in order to secure a more legitimised system of EU decision-making, civil society representatives need to play an enhanced role. This issue becomes every day even more urgent, because the “economic governance” of the Union has been lately bestowed, to non-elected decision makers in the Commission and the European Central Bank. By the same token, the latest developments in Brussels and Frankfurt are infallible witnesses that the democratic legitimisation of strategic economic policies is non-existent or of play a minor role.

The implication of the European Parliament in the adoption of important measures is restricted, by the very nature of this body. No real civil society implication is foreseen in the Brussels and Frankfurt decision-making procedures. The EESC is a very weak voice not affecting the main decision taking procedures, and unfortunately ,there is evidence indicating that this tendency is not changing. On the contrary, democratic legitimisation is increasingly chased away from where it counts.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

The three biggest challenges for India’s future

Planet’s Health is Our Health and the Reverse is True

EP President at the European Youth Event: “Your ideas are key in shaping EU’s future”

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere break another record, UN report shows

Shifting Tides: Policy Challenges and Opportunities for the G-20

Tunisia wants to change inheritance rules to boost gender equality

Israel @ MWC14: Israel The Start App Nation

European Youth Forum celebrates 20 years of fighting for youth rights

ITU Telecom World 2018 takes place in Durban, South Africa

Scientists can lead the fight against fake news

EU to spend €6 billion on youth employment and training futile schemes

SMEs are driving job growth, but need higher investment in skills, innovation and tech to boost wages and productivity

LETTER FROM AFGHANISTAN: Elections serve up food for thought, for Afghan youth

The refugee crisis brings to light EU’s most horrible flaws and nightmares

GSMA Reveals Shortlist For 2019 Asia Mobile Awards

Three countries losing ground and one new prime minister

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “No other problem has jeopardised the EU as much as the refugee question” Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, cries out from Davos

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for continued action to eradicate trafficking in human beings

India is a latecomer to AI. Here’s how it plans to catch up

What people want – ignore at your peril

COP24 negotiations: Why reaching agreement on climate action is so complex

‘Deteriorating’ human rights in Belarus amounts to ‘wholescale oppression’: UN expert

Wide-ranging reforms needed to ensure Italy’s economic recovery

UN chief appoints Luis Alfonso de Alba as Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Summit

There is no greater sorrow on earth than the loss of one’s native land

Food safety: New rules to boost consumer trust approved by MEPs

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

UN chief condemns deadly attacks in Afghanistan

Women in Iceland have walked out of work to dispute the gender pay gap

Celebrate love, strengthen partnerships to end AIDS epidemic by 2030 says UN agency

Venezuela must guarantee judicial impartiality – UN human rights expert

Energy of African youth ‘propelling’ new development era as UN ties bear fruit

Industrial price dive may lead to point of no return

Sudan: UN chief deplores excessive force used against pro-democracy protesters, calls on military and civilian leaders to ‘stay the course’ in negotiations

3 ways blockchain can revolutionize global supply chains

We can decide to live within the limits of our planet

China-EU Special Report: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang endorses China’s big investment on Juncker’s plan at 10th China-EU Business Summit

Idlib deal could save three million ‘from catastrophe’ says UN chief, as militants are urged to lay down arms

The ECB still protects the banks at the expense of the EU taxpayers

Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary ‘deliberately deprived of food’: UN human rights office

This is how Middle Eastern retailers can keep up with e-commerce

‘Global sisterhood’ tells perpetrators ‘time is up’ for pandemic of violence

“We need to accelerate our negotiation on the China-EU Investment Treaty”, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang highlights from the 21st EU-China summit in Brussels

These are the next big products in consumer technology

Will Cameron succeed in keeping UK inside the EU and reverse the present economic downturn?

Seize the opportunities of digital technology to improve well-being but also address the risks

A European young student shares his thoughts on Quality Education

EU elections: The louder the threats and the doomsaying the heavier the weight of the vote

3 things the G20 can do to save the World Trade Organization

Why a cash-free future might not be as close as you think

35th ACP-EU Assembly: migration and demographics will dominate the debate

Retirees will outlive their savings by a decade

Halting spread of drug resistance from animals to humans: deal with Council

Where does our food come from? Here’s why we need to know

European Investment Bank to borrow €70 billion in 2013

4 steps towards wiping out cervical cancer

Finland has giant supermarkets that only stock second-hand goods

Financial transactions tax gets go ahead

Parliament adopts its position on digital copyright rules

The European Union and the United States reach an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s