The seminar „New EC Policies: What is the Role of Civil Society?“

Event date: 27th of November
Time: 16:30–17:30
Venue: Atviros Lietuvos Fondas, Didžioji str. 5, Vilnius
Event language: English.

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The event is organized by Open Lithuania Foundation as part of the project “European Solutions LAB” in partnership with Foundation for an Open Society DOTS (Latvia), Jubel – European Conversation Festival (Belgium), Open Estonia Foundation (Estonia). The project is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme.
The event will be held on the 11th of November at Atviros Lietuvos Fondas, Didžioji str. 5, Vilnius, in English.

Arnoldas Pranckevičius, Head of Representation of the European Commission in Lithuania (Lithuania)

Sven Lenaerts, General Secretary of European discussion festival “JUBEL” (Belgium)

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Ms. Ursula von der Leyen was running for the President of the European Commission with a slogan “A Union that strives for more”. She expects to strengthen the links between people, nations and institutions and to rediscover unity and inner strength to realize European vision. Ms. Ursula proposed 6 headline ambitions for Europe as part of her agenda: A European Green Deal; an economy that works for people; a Europe fit for the digital age; protecting our European way of life; a stronger Europe in the world; a new push for European democracy.

Ms. Ursula von der Leyen expects to achieve a new push for European democracy by giving more power to citizens: “I want Europeans to build the future of our Union. They should play a leading and active part in setting our priorities and our level of ambition.” It is an important message and at the same time an obligation for civil society.

The seminar „New EC Policies: What is the Role of Civil Society?“ is aimed at discussing the priorities outlined by new EC, especially focusing on the envisaged role of civil society. During seminar we will discuss: what are actual opportunities for NGOs to participate in deliberations of European issues and decision-making? Do we seize current opportunities for participation? What is lacking for effective participation? We will learn about NGOs‘ experiences and lessons learnt about participation in European issues deliberations.

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