Europe+: Open Letter to MEPs

The European Parliament election results demonstrate a strong desire for change. From today you, as a new representative of the European people, have theopportunity to turn a new page, make daring political choices and propose institutional changes that will bring the EU closer to its citizens. If you don’t act now, others will take the opportunity to instigate negative reform.

Successive EU treaties have granted increasing powers to the European Parliament, consolidating its role as co‐legislator. Despite this, for many citizens, a “democratic deficit” remains, which you are there to fill. Given the European Parliament’s status as the centre of decision‐making we believe you can do just that, by taking the lead in ensuring citizens’ concerns remain at the heart of EU decision‐making.

Europe+ (Civil Society for the Renewal of European Democracy) is willing and ready to engage with MEPs in a constructive dialogue to ensure civil society participates fully in this new legislative term. Decisions made by the European Parliament will affect the daily lives of millions of citizens in Europe; citizens whose concerns we represent and whose rights we defend. Moreover, we believe that civic participation strengthens the scrutiny of policy and ensures a better articulation of the economic, social and democratic components of policy decisions.

Europe+ builds on the recommendations of the 2013 European Year of Citizens Alliance that developed a policy agenda to ensure a vibrant European democracy where decisions are made in line with citizens’ needs, aspirations and visions for society. We call on you to make sure that these recommendations are followed up on and that the provisions on civil dialogue of Article 11 of the Treaty of Lisbon are implemented.

Many improvements can be made to how the EU works, and future legislation needs to be made more transparent and open to input from civil society. Moreover, we believe all MEPs should be working to acknowledge and support the role of civil society organisations in bridging the gap between the European Parliament and European citizens.

The European Parliament election results demonstrate a strong desire for change. From today you, as a new representative of the European people, have theopportunity to turn a new page, make daring political choices and propose institutional changes that will bring the EU closer to its citizens. If you don’t act now, others will take the opportunity to instigate negative reform.

Successive EU treaties have granted increasing powers to the European Parliament, consolidating its role as co‐legislator. Despite this, for many citizens, a “democratic deficit” remains, which you are there to fill. Given the European Parliament’s status as the centre of decision‐making we believe you can do just that, by taking the lead in ensuring citizens’ concerns remain at the heart of EU decision‐making.

Europe+ (Civil Society for the Renewal of European Democracy) is willing and ready to engage with MEPs in a constructive dialogue to ensure civil society participates fully in this new legislative term. Decisions made by the European Parliament will affect the daily lives of millions of citizens in Europe; citizens whose concerns we represent and whose rights we defend. Moreover, we believe that civic participation strengthens the scrutiny of policy and ensures a better articulation of the economic, social and democratic components of policy decisions.

Europe+ builds on the recommendations of the 2013 European Year of Citizens Alliance that developed a policy agenda to ensure a vibrant European democracy where decisions are made in line with citizens’ needs, aspirations and visions for society. We call on you to make sure that these recommendations are followed up on and that the provisions on civil dialogue of Article 11 of the Treaty of Lisbon are implemented.

Many improvements can be made to how the EU works, and future legislation needs to be made more transparent and open to input from civil society. Moreover, we believe all MEPs should be working to acknowledge and support the role of civil society organisations in bridging the gap between the European Parliament and European citizens.


ALDA on the final steering committee of the France-Balkans programme: Remembrance on the table

In its role of France-Balkans programme coordinator, Biljana Zasova took part in the France-Balkans final steering committee for year 2012-2013, which took place Thursday 26th June in Paris.

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The meeting had the objective to synchronise the partners’ policies and contributions on the topic of WW1 remembrance and the 100th commemoration in Europe. A specific emphasis was put on the forthcoming seminar “on Albert Londres’ steps” which will gather young journalists from France, Belgium and Germany and take them for their documentaries and investigations to the renowned WW1 battlefields.

The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and gathered representatives of Pays Vichy Auvergne (lead), CIFEDE, Region Lower-Normandy, Municipality of Saint Denis, Conseil general de l’Allier and the theater troupe Procédé Zébre.

In its role of France-Balkans programme coordinator, Biljana Zasova took part in the France-Balkans final steering committee for year 2012-2013, which took place Thursday 26th June in Paris.

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The meeting had the objective to synchronise the partners’ policies and contributions on the topic of WW1 remembrance and the 100th commemoration in Europe. A specific emphasis was put on the forthcoming seminar “on Albert Londres’ steps” which will gather young journalists from France, Belgium and Germany and take them for their documentaries and investigations to the renowned WW1 battlefields.

The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and gathered representatives of Pays Vichy Auvergne (lead), CIFEDE, Region Lower-Normandy, Municipality of Saint Denis, Conseil general de l’Allier and the theater troupe Procédé Zébre.


100 years since the WWI commemorated in Sarajevo

Together with many organisations, visitors and locals, ALDA commemorated the beginning of the First World War in Sarajevo, on 28 June, 2014.

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100 years ago, on the same date, at the same place, the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, local 19 year old boy. This event is considered to be the catalyst of the First World War, also known as the “Great War”, which changed the map of the Europe and the World forever.

The streets of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina gathered many local and international guests who attended the cultural, sports and educational events. Commemorating the centennial, the locals were sharing the stories about this historic event, but inevitably they were also referring to the recent history, related to the war in the Balkans, that took place just 20 years ago.

Sarajevo, also called the heart of Europe, indeed gave its heart for freedom in the past, all the more reason to celebrate the peace, earned the hard way in this part of Europe. Our conversations with the visitors reminded us once again to continue remembering the harsh times, and share the message of peace, solidarity and dialogue, in memory of those who gave their lives for freedom.

Together with many organisations, visitors and locals, ALDA commemorated the beginning of the First World War in Sarajevo, on 28 June, 2014.

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100 years ago, on the same date, at the same place, the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, local 19 year old boy. This event is considered to be the catalyst of the First World War, also known as the “Great War”, which changed the map of the Europe and the World forever.

The streets of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina gathered many local and international guests who attended the cultural, sports and educational events. Commemorating the centennial, the locals were sharing the stories about this historic event, but inevitably they were also referring to the recent history, related to the war in the Balkans, that took place just 20 years ago.

Sarajevo, also called the heart of Europe, indeed gave its heart for freedom in the past, all the more reason to celebrate the peace, earned the hard way in this part of Europe. Our conversations with the visitors reminded us once again to continue remembering the harsh times, and share the message of peace, solidarity and dialogue, in memory of those who gave their lives for freedom.


Seminar of TIE project in Paris on 9-10 July

European Alternatives, in strong cooperation with ALDA, Libera and other eight European organisations from across Europe, launch the Seminar on “Tax evasion and financial criminality in Europe”.

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The event will be taking place next 9-10 July 2014 in Paris at Maison des Associations de Solidarité. It will bring together representatives of national institutions, civil society associations, academics, magistrates and journalists to discuss and exchange best practices on the fight against financial and economic crime and the reuse of illicit assets.

The seminar will be a further step in the fight against crime within the framework of the project TIE – Tackling Illegal Economies. supported by the EU Prevention of and Fight against Organised Crime Programme (ISEC). The aim of the project is to create grounds for cooperation between the judiciary, media, civil society and academia in Europe in identifying and promoting ways to undermine the profitability of crime by means of the aggression to criminal assets.

The seminar is open to all and free of charge. Places are limited and reservation is highly recommended, before July 8th. To register, please write to paris@euroalter.com

Check here the agenda and logistical information

European Alternatives, in strong cooperation with ALDA, Libera and other eight European organisations from across Europe, launch the Seminar on “Tax evasion and financial criminality in Europe”.

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The event will be taking place next 9-10 July 2014 in Paris at Maison des Associations de Solidarité. It will bring together representatives of national institutions, civil society associations, academics, magistrates and journalists to discuss and exchange best practices on the fight against financial and economic crime and the reuse of illicit assets.

The seminar will be a further step in the fight against crime within the framework of the project TIE – Tackling Illegal Economies. supported by the EU Prevention of and Fight against Organised Crime Programme (ISEC). The aim of the project is to create grounds for cooperation between the judiciary, media, civil society and academia in Europe in identifying and promoting ways to undermine the profitability of crime by means of the aggression to criminal assets.

The seminar is open to all and free of charge. Places are limited and reservation is highly recommended, before July 8th. To register, please write to paris@euroalter.com

Check here the agenda and logistical information