(Brussels) Volunteering, social and civil commitment take time; but, if there’s no time, is ”hashtag activism” a real replacement for traditional ways of committing oneself? This will be discussed at the European Parliament in Brussels on February 22nd at a meeting organised by the Commission of the EU Bishops Conferences (Comece) along with the European Sunday Alliance. “A matter of time: volunteering, social and civil commitment in a connected society” is actually the title of that afternoon that is going to discuss the disappearance of traditional ways of committing oneself and the appearance of new forms of participation through the social networks. Are they a real replacement? Are they a help or a threat to commitment? The debate, sponsored by MEPs Thomas Mann and Evelyn Regner, will be opened by the speeches of Paul-Stefan Ross (Cooperative State University Stuttgart), Gabriella Civico (director of the European Volunteer Centre) and Chris Van Droogenbroeck (of the Belgian trade union Lbc-Nvk).