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ECI workshop series 2011/2012 organised by the Austrian Institute for European Law and Policy

13 Oct 2011

The Austrian Institute for European Law and Policy is now organising, from this fall to spring 2012, a series of workshops regarding “dialogue” within the context of Article 11 (2) European Union Treaty (TEU; Lisbon version), aiming at discussing


  • the new elements and the added value of this provision

  • how this "vertical dialogue" could be rendered feasible and meaningful   

"Open Dialogue Between Institutions and Citizens - Chances en Challenges"

Workshop Series I-III 

October 4th, 2011 - November 29, 2011 - January 31, 2012 - March 14th, 2012

Thematic Introduction

According to Article 11 (2) TEU in the current version of the Treaty of Lisbon, „the institutions shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society.“

  • Which are the „representative associations" and the members of „ivil society" referred to?
  • Which are the means and tools that are needed to realise such a dialogue?

In addition, already in the past, and without this specific provision, some sort of dialogue had been maintained between at least the main institutions and some representative associations of civil society. In particular, already from the very beginning of the (now) European Union the „Economic and Social Committee" and, some decades later, also the Committee of Regions had been established. So the crucial question is now: 

  •   Which specific value is added by this provision?

This added value could be a legal one (realising that the content of the said provisions is going beyond what had been mandatory in the past), but also a more political   one, calling the partners of the improve their communication.This project aims to get answers to those questions with the clear goal to contribute, if necessary, to an improvement of communication between principle of subsidiarity   (leaving to the Union only those principle of proportionality (respecting as far as ever possible the autonomy of the individual).

 General Methodology  

In the three workshops representatives of the main Union institutions shall deliberate together with representatives of the different sectors of "civil society". To this end, the relevant stakeholders („senior participants"), after delivering short initial statements, shall be given opportunity to discuss the issue among themselves as well as with participants of the general public. Therefore, the intention is to stimulate interactivity on a broader basis of participants.The three workshops will be followed by a final presentation. The initial statements as well as the results of the discussions and an independent scientific analysis shall be published afterwards.

External scientific input will be provided by Piotr Maciej Kaczyński, Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) and Stéphane Carrara, Centre Européen de Sociologie et de Science Politique, Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne)/Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (Brussels), as well as by Dr. Klemens H. Fischer, Minister plenipotentiary at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU and adjunct Professor at the Institute for International and Foreign Politics at the University of Cologne, and Dr. Christine Leitner , Head of Center for European Public Administration (CEPA), Danube University, Krems.

 More information and Program here 

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