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EUCIS-LLL communication “Citizenship is more than communication!”

Citizenship & civil dialogue -

EUCIS-LLL regularly reminds the Commission about the need to implement article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty, to ensure that organised civil society and their representative associations are actively involved in the formulation of European policies. Rules must be established. EUCIS-LLL was also worried about the decision to move the “Citizenship Unit” under DG Communication. Indeed, it is not by “communicating Europe” that citizens will feel part of the political project. It is rather by providing proper information, by offering proper modules in schools and continuing training to teachers, by involving civil society representatives actively in the process of decision-making and by proposing policies that correspond to citizens’ needs. With processes of participatory democracy, with listening and respecting citizens’ voice, representative democracy will be strengthened.

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