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Development of a transeuropean political/civil society

Provided the European Union survives the current crisis, and in order for it to survive, a European civil society has to emerge. Such civil society can't be rooted exclusively in the Brussels bubble. It has to converge in Brussels but it has to live outside, where Europeans live, work, study, travel, interact, debate, etc..

Such civil society should include not only the usual federations of national organisations (umbrella organisations) but unified European organisations may appear, or organisations allowing double membership (by national organisations and individuals).

That is also true for European political parties. European parties could not only include national parties, but also accept individuals as direct members, though with a different status of that of the member parties.
This is something that already exists in some of them.

This will allow individual European citizens to conceive themselves ALSO as European citizens, and not only as Belgian, Dutch, German, Polish, etc..


- How to balance in a fair way the (potentially excessive) power that individual members may have vis à vis national organisations that represent hundreds or thousands of individuals


- How/where to register such members and organisations, which legal system to follow? In the present, what often happens is that pan-European NGO's are registered in Belgium and follow Belgian law. Nevertheless, it could be better to have a European transnational registry submitted to specific legislation for organisations dealing exclusively with EU-related matters.


- The existence of some organisations with individual membership may serve a test for others that are interested in following the same path.




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