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Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy: EU launched consultation on future of ENP

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The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini launched a consultation on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) on Wednesday 4 March. Following this consultation, a joint Communication setting out proposals for the future direction of the ENP will follow in the autumn.

The purpose of this joint consultation paper, 'Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy'is to frame a policy debate on the future direction of the ENP. The aim is to consult as widely as possible both with partners in neighbouring countries and with stakeholders across the EU until the end of June.

The targeted group are public authorities, civil society, think tanks, social partners, business and academic communities, other relevant stakeholders and interested members of the public.

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What support services do social enterprises need in your country?

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The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day. As part of their Global Social Enterprise programme, the British Council promote the development of social enterprise and social investment to help foster a more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for us all. They have therefore commissioned a survey to understand what support services are offered to social enterprises in the UK and around the world. 

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Digital Single Market - Share your ideas!

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Europe needs a connected Digital Single Market. In May 2015, the European Commission will propose a new strategy to make this a reality.

While preparing the strategy, Digital4EU from the European Commission's DG CONNECT want to know:

  • what you need;
  • what your experiences are;
  • what problems you have encountered,
  • what your ideas are.

A first discussion within the European Commission will take place on 25 March, so get your views in quickly! On Digital4EU, you can post your ideas and experience; upload studies or surveys to support your views under Evidence; post short videos; submit a blog post; and create a poll or answer existing polls.

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Mapping women's social entrepreneurship in Europe!

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The European Women's Lobby (EWL) is the largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the European Union (EU), working to promote women’s rights and equality between women and men.

They have launched the WEstart project, a year-long, first of its kind research project that looks at the state of women's social entrepreneurship in 10 countries in Europe. A key component of this work is a short survey looking to gain a better understanding of the situation and state of play of women’s social entrepreneurship in Europe. Your feedback will help the EWL ensure that national and EU level policy makers understand more about women's social entrepreneurship, in order to better support women social entrepreneurs throughout Europe. 

The survey takes 8 to 10 minutes to complete, and upon completion, you will be entered into a raffle to win a trip to Brussels to attend the WEstart launch conference in September (hotel, airfare and conference participation included!) All responses will be kept confidential.

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Women advocacy organisations invited to share expertise for EU project

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In the framework of an EU-funded project, the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) is seeking civil society organizations working in the promotion of the role of women in society in Europe and in the Mediterranean, wishing to share their advocacy experience with others in the region.
 
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Ombudsman calls on Commission to make European Citizens’ Initiative politically relevant

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The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has made proposals to strengthen the role that European Citizens' Initiatives (ECIs) play in democratic political debate at the European level. The Ombudsman calls for better guidance for ECI organisers, a stronger involvement of the European Parliament and the Council and increased pressure on the Member States to make sure that all EU citizens can sign an ECI, regardless of where they reside.

Emily O'Reilly explained: "The Commission has done a lot to give effect to the ECI right in a citizen-friendly way. However, more can be done to ensure that ECI organisers feel that their efforts to mobilise one million signatures are worthwhile and that political debate at the European level takes account of their initiatives, even if specific initiatives do not lead to new EU legislation. We need a more effective dialogue with ECI organisers at different stages of an initiative as well as more transparent decision-making as regards what action the Commission takes on ECIs."

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