The modern day civil society that is.
So what will we get? Bankers talking to bankers and saying stakeholders want what bankers want.
The EU / EC should:
a) Allocate seats to stakeholder groups
b) Fund them
c) Make clear they can issue minority reports if need be
d) Provide them with technical support.
There was a time when civil society meant what was done outside government. Now it seems to have morphed into what those with bees in their bonnet can get government to pay for. This is how we end up with Friends of the Earth Europe getting 50% of their funds from the European Union for advising the European Union.
And yes, that is our favourite retired accountant making a pitch for a cushy seat on an unaccountable tax funded quango.
You may have noticed that I\’ve got opinions on lots of things. I\’ve never quite had the effrontery though to demand that those who aren\’t interested in them pay for the privilege of being forced to listen to them.
Others seem less reticent.