The compendium brings together all the opinions and reports which, over the last thirty years, have enabled the EESC and CSOs to strengthen participatory democracy and become a necessary part of the European decision-making process. EESC has played a crucial role in creating a European public forum, growing stronger during the years. Significantly, it has contributed to the drafting of Article 11 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which gives civil society a crucial part to play in the process of European public policymaking. EESC also serves as a permanent forum for civil dialogue and consultation. Civil society’s involvement through the structure provided by the EESC is crucial in efforts to address the lack of public confidence in Europe. Read more here.