On Wednesday May 30, the Social Platform launched a six-month-long campaign to make Social Europe a priority in the discussions currently taking place on the revision of the EU Constitutional Treaty.
The campaign takes place in the member states where members' member organizations at all level will lobby their leaders to make sure that the advances reached by the Constitutional Treaty are not wiped out during the revision process. To launch the campaign, the Platform sent an open letter to EU leaders ahead of the June Council to spell out its concerns and noted that "As much as peace, prosperity and climate change, the achievement of a Social Europe has to be a priority for the EU."
This is very much in line with the result of the Europe Citizen Consultation, kickastarted last year by the Plan D initiative, the brainchild of Commissioner Margot Wallström. Following the perceieved democratic gap in the union a massive consultation process swept though all the 27 member states, with randomly selected citizens invited to moderated discussions on three key areas, Energy, Family, and Immigration. This first ever direct talks where policymakers and politicians were put in the backseat, and the worries and hopes of citizens were aired, proved an astounding success.
As concerns for a decent life were very visible in the discussions, the demands by the citizens that EU gets increasingly involved in social issues were raised.