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The EU Civil Society Contact Group was founded by four of its current eight members - CONCORD, Green8, HRDN and Social Platform - in 2002 with the aims of

  • promoting the Future of Europe debate within national level civil society organisations throughout Europe
  • allowing input form the national level into the work of the Convention drafting a new treaty for the EU
  • developing a structured relationship with the Praesidium of the Convention.

To achieve this aims the Civil Society Contact Group in autumn 2002 launched the act4europe campaign. The act4europe campaign brought together national activists from within all of the Contact Group member networks, as a direct means of engaging with a wide range of associations, organisations and trade unions across Europe, taking the debate outside of Brussels.