The mission of the European Citizens’ House (ECH) is to help restore to citizens a sense of participation and ownership of the European project.
Since the financial crisis the gap between the EU Institutions and the citizens has become ever wider. Nationalism of a kind spilling over into extreme right wing populism and xenophobia is on the increase. Moreover, among all the prestigious institutional buildings and offices in Brussels, citizens and civil society lack their own space. Civil society organizations see themselves as missing out in terms of access to European funding, sharing of best practices and networking. Commercial and producer interests still make up 85% of the estimated 2,600 associations and 15,000 lobbyists around the EU.