Tunisia: civil society a source of inspiration for other countries

February 25, 2016
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In the February 2016 edition of its newsletter, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) published the tribute it paid to Tunisian civil society, five years after the ‘Jasmine Revolution’ which gave the starting signal for huge upheaval in a region that was seeking democracy.
The tribute included an invitation to Brussels on 21 February 2016 to representatives of the ‘Tunisian Quartet’ (the two unions – employers and workers, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the bar association) who forced political parties into a national agreement and also to complete the drafting of a Constitution. They were awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for their commitment.
EESC President Georges Dassis, said that “We, the representatives of European civil society, not only want to pay tribute today to your success in a region that is going through difficult times, but also take inspiration for our work from your achievements and support you in your ongoing and future activities, as we must support all civil society actors in other countries of the region, committed to the establishment of pluralist and participatory democratic systems.”
Source: EESC Newsletter – February 2016

Countries covered:

  • Tunisia