Today Oonagh Aitken, President of Volonteurope and Chief Executive of Volunteering Matters, was elected to the Steering Committee of Civil Society Europe.

Civil Society Europe is the European Coordination of Civil Society Organisations. The initiative was launched in Rome in December 2014 as a response to the lack of genuine civil dialogue at EU level (as enshrined in Article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty) and the success of the European Year of Citizens 2013.

Civil Society Europe aims to facilitate horizontal exchanges between civil society and decision makers in Europe, and shape the European agenda on issues of common interest.

Joining Oonagh on the Steering Committee are Paul Smits, AEGEE-Europe; Luca Bergamo, Culture Action Europe (CAE); Niccolo Milanese, European Alternatives (Euro Alter); Assya Kavrakova, European Citizen Action Service (ECAS); Jean-Marc Roirant, European Civic Forum (ECF); Katja Tuokko, European Movement International (EMI); Gabriella Civico, European Volunteer Centre (CEV); and Conny Reuter, SOLIDAR.