Towards a more open Europe: recommendations for the European elections 22 May 2014

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations (Great Britain)
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7 March 2014
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This  manifesto sets out NCVO's vision for reform and renewal in Europe. Following extensive engagement with members and partners through the European Funding Network, NCVO is setting out a range of practical recommendations that would allow for a more open and accountable European Union. These recommendations will be promoted to all candidates for the European elections and will provide a basis for members to identify specific changes.

The European Union (EU) elections on 22 May 2014 present an opportunity to reshape Europe for the better, making it closer and more responsive to those it is intended to serve: its citizens. European countries are now emerging from a major economic crisis; the financial crash of 2008 and the subsequent challenges in the Eurozone have led to a major re-appraisal of the role of the EU and its key institutions. Alongside the economic situation, major environmental and demographic changes require cross-border solutions. Volunteers, voluntary organisations and wider civil society have the answers to many of the problems that face the UK and countries in the rest of Europe. 

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