“Reshaping Europe” together in Brussels
On 23 and 24 June, ALDA has participated in the large-scale conference on „Reshaping Europe: Civil Society’s Perspective on the Europe of Tomorrow“ organized by Various Interests Group III of the EECS in Brussels.
The objective of the conference was to examine and review the work of the Group over the last five years and provide space for discussion with the representatives of civil society on the future challenges and developments.
The seminar “The Europe of Today and Tomorrow: What Challenges? What Perspectives” was an occasion to reflect topics such as the role of culture and European identities in the civil society, social innovation and social economy, need for restructuration of European education systems or innovative approaches to measures of the economic growth. In the afternoon, ALDA contributed to the outcomes of the working group Participative Democracy and Active Citizenship and of its sub-group on volunteering. Three recommendations were produced: strengthening the motivation of volunteers by promoting the values and benefits of voluntary work; improving the infrastructure for volunteering by setting and upgrading national legislations, focusing on quality of the work and ensuring sustainable and accessible funding; and setting up the measurement of voluntary work in order to improve the statistical data on organizations and improve the recognition of voluntary work by European employers.
In the morning of 24 June, the recommendation of each group were presented and discussed. The session was also an opportunity to reflect on the future perspectives of the EU in relation to the civil society, summarizing the main challenges and opportunities Europe faces today.