Egypt: Success of transformation depends also on active civil society
‘Let me start by addressing three fundamental questions: Why does civil society matter?; Where does it matter?; What needs to be done so that it can perform its role for the benefit of society? I think the role of the Civil Society lies in generating ideas, being a bridge between society and the authorities, having an important role in monitoring and delivering on the reform process.
We in the European Union have tried to find certain answers, not saying that the EU is able to give all the answers to all the challenges of the historical changes in the region. But we have offered two things which we hope will deliver on transformation and change relations between our partner countries and the European Union:
1. Clear commitment to have a partnership not only with the authorities but also with the people, citizens, particularly through the Civil Society
2. The principle of more for more, delivering more support for more reform efforts.’