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Empowering citizens for the future of Europe: 42 CSOs join forces to make civil society's voice heard

On January 8th, 2020 in Milan, Italy, a group of 42 Civil Society Organizations signed a Declaration on the Rule of Law, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the European Conference on the Future of Europe and an Empower Roadmap; and decided to send it to the attention of some of the most important European institutions in order to make civil society's voice heard on a variety of crucial topics.

ALDA is one of these CSOs and joined the discussion on what to include in the documents, which have now been received by the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Council, the Council of the Union, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

The group deems in fact necessary and urgent that an update of the European Union take place for many reasons, such as the planetary instability; the financial and subsequent economic and social crisis with the increasing gap between the rich and the poor; the follow-up of Brexit as a result of lies and fake news; the rise of nationalism; the manipulation of information; recent phenomena in terms of migrations and human rights; the challenges of climate change; and more.

It hence believes that the EU needs to adapt its governance and make a leap towards higher resilience, solidarity, justice and trust, suggesting that a public debate on the future of Europe should be opened and a discussion held on the need to (1) protect and enhance European values; (2) secure coherence between EU values, objectives and actions; and (3) adopt a democratic and efficient method to change the course of the EU and build a united, fair and resilient Europe where citizens are empowered and involved in a truly participatory democracy.

ALDA and its 41 parters in the Declaration therefore pledge a series of priorities and next steps for the EU with regards to the following areas:

  1. The respect of the Rule of Law and the European democracy
  2. The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) from 2021 to 2025 and from 2026 to 2030
  3. The Conference on the Future of Europe (and the Citizens’ Agora)
  4. An Empower Roadmap

Please find HERE the full text of the Declaration and a list of all signatories.

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