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Organized Civil Society and European Governance - CIVGOV, Final Report, EUR 23135

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00114


The project's goal was to provide an answer to the compelling question: To what extent do the activities of public-interest associations, activist coalitions, and movement-parties bridge the large gap between the European citizenry and European level policymaking?
The project studied the modalities and outcomes of participation of civil society organisations in three sectors: environmental, regional and anti-racist policy. In each sector two distinct policy issues were considered which corresponded to a different mix of civil society organisations. In the environmental sector the sub-sectors were the GMO issue and transport related issues. It was useful to compare these two sectors as one - transport - was an older policy area which many observers perceive mainly in its technical and economic dimension while GMO is a newer area that is currently highly salient in European media.

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