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EYCA: meeting with president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz

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The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) brings together more than 60 organisations including EUCIS-LLL. Representatives of  EYCA met with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on 3rd April to discuss the EYCA recommendations aimed at enhancing European citizenship. During this meeting, EYCA called for the recognition of associations and NGOs in their capacity of gathering together millions of citizens across Europe and for their involvement in the policy dialogue and democratic processes. Convinced that “Europe can no longer survive without a social pillar”, President Schulz pointed out the real risk of Europe’s failure, as highlighted by the lead in opinion polls from Eurosceptic and regressive forces, even in some founding Member States. Aware that civil society organisations can be “valuable allies” for the institutions in working to bring about more solidarity, equality and democracy in Europe, and paying due attention to the EYCA recommendations, Mr. Schulz undertook to “seriously consider the issue and leave a strong legacy for his successor to integrate civil society organisations in a dialogue process with the European Parliament”. See full press release

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