Nasc is the Irish word for connection. NasCSO seeks to build a greater connection between civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ireland and the European Parliament. As the only directly elected European Union (EU) institution, the European Parliament acts as a voice for European citizens and encourages debate and engagement on issues at the heart of the EU and its future. Debate is at its core and NasCSO wants Irish CSOs’ voices to be heard when it comes to the future of Europe, the EU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Green Deal, digitalisation, economic recovery, health care, and other key areas.
CSOs play an active role in the daily lives of citizens in Ireland by encouraging them to be active and engaged in debate and discussion, which impacts public discourse. To help CSOs’ voices be heard at EU level, NasCSO wants to make that connection easier and connect different CSOs in Ireland with the work of the European Parliament and its Members of European Parliament (MEPs). Our goal is to see CSOs in Ireland being geared with the knowledge and knowhow on how to be involved in Parliamentary democracy and influence debate on key issues at EU level.
NasCSO provides information for CSOs wishing to develop connections with the European Parliament through online resources and networks, and at a series of thematic roundtable meetings of CSOs in a variety of sectors and regions of Ireland with European Parliament representatives. These meetings will offer CSO representatives an opportunity to engage directly with Irish MEPs and other European Parliament representatives on issues of importance to their organisation. NasCSO also provides a network of CSOs in Ireland, to allow organisations to connect with others in their sector and/or region for collaboration and support.
For more information or to attend a relevant meeting on behalf of your organisation, register to join our database using the form below. Tá eolas trí Ghaeilge le fail thíos.