Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party said that representation on the European Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC), the EU’s consultative body on civil society, should be elected in a democratic manner.
Michael Briguglio, Alternattiva Demokratika Chairperson, said, “It seems that two representatives in the European Economic and Social Committee, one representing employers and one representing civil society, have been appointed directly by Government. Irrespective of whom the representatives are, AD totally disagrees with this method and believes that all such representative should be elected from the respective members in each sector (Employers, Workers, Civil Society).”
Prof. Arnold Cassola, AD Spokesperson on EU and International affairs, stated, “In this day and age active participation by civil society implies a more open attitude by the government, that must release its control on issues which do not fall under the government’s direct responsibility. Hand picking by government is unacceptable.”