ALDA and the EESC: building a stronger European Union ahead of the EU elections

Oct 13, 2023

EU values and Enlargement

The collaboration between ALDA and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) grows stronger! 

On October 12, 2023, the President of the EESC, Mr. Oliver Röpke, warmly welcomed ALDA Secretary General, Mrs. Antonella Valmorbida, and the ALDA team in Brussels (Belgium) to discuss the cooperation of the two entities for a stronger European Union.

During the meeting, ALDA reinforced its commitment to fostering democratic values, inclusion, and civil society engagement, particularly in EU candidate countries. The organisation showcased its wealth of experience in candidate countries, particularly in the Balkans and the Eastern Partnership region (EaP), underlining the importance of these regions in shaping the European Union’s future.

ALDA’s expertise in participatory democracy was also a focal point of discussion, emphasising the critical role civil society plays in shaping the direction of the EU.

ALDA’s mission centres on promoting local democracy and encouraging active citizen participation at the grassroots level, principles that are extremely dear to the EESC. 

The collaboration between ALDA and EESC underscores their shared vision of a stronger, more engaged EU leading up to the European Parliament elections

As part of its ongoing engagement, ALDA actively participates as a member of the EESC Liaison Group, a strategic forum facilitating communication and collaboration between EESC and civil society organisations. ALDA is gearing up for the exciting event of the Civil Society Week, which will take place from 4 to 8 March 2024, reinforcing its role in shaping the future of the EU.

Two workshops are set to take centre stage during this event, emphasising ALDA’s commitment to Europeanisation and informed citizenship. The first workshop, a collaboration with the Union of European Federalists (UEF) and Young European Federalists (JEF), builds on the success of the previous year’s workshop on breaking out of the EU bubble. The upcoming session will focus on providing essential insights and practical tips for Europeanizing the debate in the lead-up to the EU elections, thus encouraging broader participation and dialogue.

Concerning the second workshop, in a climate marked by an increased trend in citizen participation, ALDA is joining forces with the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) to address the emerging issue of “citizens washing.” This term pertains to the misuse of participatory practices in a manner that dilutes the genuine engagement of citizens. By raising awareness about this phenomenon, ALDA aims to ensure that citizens’ voices are heard and respected, contributing to more authentic democracy.

ALDA’s dedication to democracy, inclusivity, and civil society engagement is at the heart of its mission. As Europe looks forward to the future, the organisation remains steadfast in its endeavour to empower citizens and drive positive change through active participation.