Welcomeurope accounts for ECAS in the framework of its 20th anniversary on 1st of September!

Welcomeurope accounts for Structural funds and the non-profit sector. What is the balance sheet of social economy access to structural funds? Is
partnership strengthened? Will there be new opportunities for the non-profit sector and if so in what areas linked to Europe 2020?

20 years ago in September 1991, when ECAS was initially established as an international
non-profit organisation, its first success was a citizens’ week of conferences from which several new European civil society networks and associations sprang. Since then, ECAS has achieved 20 concrete steps in promoting civil society development, defending European citizens’ rights and advocating more citizen participation in governance.
By accentuating the citizen dimension in civil society, this event marks the next step: to create a home for a genuine and more inclusive European citizenship.
The event will build on a first dialogue with Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental rights and citizenship, held in November 2010, when the Commission published its citizenship report and action plan to eliminate obstacles to free movement in Europe. For a long time, ECAS has campaigned for a Commissioner responsible for the citizen. The creation of this post coincides with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty which makes the Charter of Fundamental Rights legally binding. Under article 11.4 of the Lisbon Treaty the regulation on European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECIs) has now been adopted and will enter into force on 1 April 2012. An ECi is an agenda-setting instrument whereby over 1 million citizens from a minimum 7 EU member states can request the Commission to propose a legislative initiative.

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