Brussels, 23 June 2006
EESC Hearing on the
11 July 2006, 10 a.m.
99, rue Belliard - 1040 Brussels
As part of the public consultation by the European Commission which
started with the publication, on 3 May 2006, of a Green Paper on the European
Transparency Initiative, the European Economic and Social Committee is
organising, at the request of and in close cooperation with, the Commission a
hearing of the parties concerned; European civil society organisations,
consultancies, business sector lobby groups, law firms and think tanks.
The debates will focus on two key questions related to enhancing transparency
in the activities of civil society organisations and other interest groups:
creating a system for registering civil society organisations and other interest
groups, and drawing up a joint code of conduct.
The results of this hearing, as well as those of the public consultation,
will be fed into the Commission's work on the specific measures, which will
follow the Green Paper, to improve transparency in the European Union.
For more details about this consultation, please contact the EESC's Unit for
Relations with civil society organisations and constitutional matters: Patrick
Fève, tel.: +32.(0)2.546.96.16, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The European Transparency Initiative was launched by the Commission on 9
November 2005 with the aim of strengthening the legitimacy of the policy- and
decision-making processes of the European institutions.
In publishing this Green Paper, the Commission intended to stimulate a
public debate with all the parties involved on means of improving transparency
in terms of the need to establish a more structured framework for the activities
of interest groups, feedback on minimum standards for Commission consultation of
civil society, and disclosure of information about the beneficiaries of
The period of public consultation will run until 31 August
For more details, please
Karel Govaert or Christian Weger, EESC
Rue Belliard 99, B-1040;
Tel.: +32 2 546 9396/9586; Mobile: +32 475 75 32
The European Economic and Social Committee represents the various
economic and social components of organised civil society. It is an
institutional consultative body established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome. Its
consultative role enables its members, and hence the organisations they
represent, to participate in the Community decision-making process. The
Committee has 317 members. Its members are appointed by the