The EU Civil Society Contact Group (CSCG) brings together eight large NGO sectors - culture,
environment, education, development, human rights, public health, social and women. The
members of these sectoral platforms are European NGO networks. They speak for hundreds of
thousands of associations across the Union, linking the national with the European level,
representing a large range of organised interests. Our objective is to
encourage and promote a transparent and structured civil dialogue that is accessible, properly
facilitated, inclusive, fair, and respectful of the autonomy of NGOs.
We have called for and support the Citizens' Initiative which is now enshrined in the Lisbon
Treaty. In our view, this is an important new step to increase public participation in EU
decision-making. We welcome the fact that the European Commission acting now to implement
this provision, and that it begins this work with a public consultation on the modalities for
Attached are our answers to the questions raised in the Green Paper. We reserve the right
throughout the rule-making process to adjust our positions in light of the concrete proposals
that the Commission will put forward.
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