IGO has already twice successfully organized a dialogue in and with Austrian civil society in Vienna: in 2016 it was about charitable law, and in 2017 it was about the future of democracy. In 2018, during the Austrian EU Presidency, the event will focus on the role and conditions of civil society in the European Union.

The event will take place this year on two (half) days, on the 21st and 22nd of November, at the House of the EU, each addressing a different audience:

Wednesday, 21st November, 13.30 – 18.00

“Relationship Status: It’s complicated. Civil Society Organisations and the EU.”

On the 1st day we will:

  • create a common view of the current situation and framework conditions of civil society in the Member States, and
  • identify entry points for improved participation of civil society organisations in EU policy development and design.

Above all, the invitation is addressed to those responsible, members or employees of civil society organizations.

Thursday, 22nd November, 9.00 – 13.30

“Is the EU still to be saved? And what does that concern us.”

On the second day we will try to give answers to the following questions:

  • What contribution can civil society organisations make to tackling current challenges in the EU?
  • How can the interaction and cooperation between civil society organisations and European institutions be improved?

In addition to those attending on day one, representatives of Austrian and European institutions as well as all interested citizens are invited to this event.

On both days, we expect the participation of 30-40 colleagues from other European member states and from Brussels, who will come to Vienna as part of an EU-funded project. For simultaneous translation English – German will be taken care of.

The names of the guests and the exact program on the two days will be announced in September. Registration for the two events is already possible here. Participation is free. Limited space!

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