Civil society plays a key role in our democracies. We promote and protect fundamental rights, we ensure underrepresented voices are heard, and we support governments and institutions to respond to people needs. Yet, we face an increasing list of barriers that limit our potential.
Ahead of the 2024 EU elections, we call on future EU leaders and representatives to fully unlock this potential by better recognising, supporting and engaging with civil society, so that we can meaningfully contribute to a better Europe. Find out how Civil Society for EU plans to make this change a reality!
Civil society is an essential part of European societies. Discover the ways civil society actors work on a daily basis to provide for people needs, uphold fundamental rights and support communities.
“The European Students’ Union (ESU) represents almost 20 million students from 40 different countries. The main aim of the organisation is to represent the interests of the students at the European level. ESU also aims to strengthen the student participation and input on local, national and European level. This all creates a wide student community. For me it’s vital that there’s coordination between all the student unions in Europe to make our voice heard during the elections and also afterwards.”
Katariina Järve, President of EÜL (Estonian National Union of Students)
“Effective civic participation means being able to shape decisions that affect our lives. This ability, however, is not given: it has to be built, then translated into action. Inter Alia’s Heart Point of Civic Intervention is the space where collective needs, concerns and demands are articulated and voiced in public. It is a cross-border activism and organising hub where public actions and campaigns on heart-felt issues are designed and collective capacities, as well as individual skills, are developed and tried out.”
Martina Tresca, Advocacy Officer
“I joined Europiamo in 2020 when it was little more than an idea. Over the course of this time, I had a chance to witness first-hand the impact we had in Italy. We are a community that brings together youth and youth organisations in order to develop synergies and allow young people to realise their full potential and bring about a change in society. We give hope and empower a generation that has been neglected. It takes time and patience but one person at the time we will change the world!”
Federica Nestola, Board Member