Civil Society Europe members gathered yesterday to engage in dialogue with the European Parliament on the EU financial framework after 2020 just after the European Commission high level conference. Ms Isabelle Thomas, as co-rapporteur gave insight into the draft initiative European Parliament report prepared with Jan Olbrycht, and responded to questions and comments from NGOs from the youth, cultural, education, environmental, development, human rights, and social sector. CSE and its members presented their views on key issues for debate such as the volume of the future budget, the EU added value of future intiatives, achieving a balance between flexibility and predictability, promoting fundamental rights and democracy through specific instruments in external and internal policies, ensuring a holistic vision of security with adequate investements in social inclusion, education, and culture, sustainability and environment protection as a cross cutting issues . CSE position paper will be soon available.
The meeting was also the opportunity to review progress on work in the area of civic space and civil dialogue, and to have a first exchange on work towards the upcoming EU elections and common actions.
Seamus Jeffreson from Concord Europe was also elected to join Civil Society Europe Steering Committee.