EBD Newsletter CW 45|2020: Highlights of EM Germany’s General Assembly
In good times or pandemics, the European Movement (EM) Germany is a workshop of democracy, as our General Assembly proves: After great preliminary work by the member organisations and the Board, the General Assembly set the course for EM Germany until the Bundestag elections 2021. Thus, the keynotes by EM Germany President Linn Selle, Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Minister of Defence and CDU Chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer were all about making Germany fit and future-proof for Europe. Germany needs a plan for Europe – an #Europaplan, as Selle put it – as well as the competiton of ideas with regard to EU policies by its democratic and social forces. Our new political priorities (European values, democracy, transparency, EU budget, less frontiers, German EU politics) form a good political mandate for the newly elected Board and the secretariat. This is also true for the adopted work plan which also takes into account the more controversial topics and debates among the 259 member organisations. The first online elections in the history of EM Germany saw an impressive re-election of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the treasurer of EM Germany, who are supported by a more diverse Board.
We are all hoping for an end to the painful restrictions. In the meantime, please count on us: our policies, projects, and the organisation of Germany’s biggets EU policy network will focus on what’s feasible in pandemic times. pushed by the tail wind of our members, we are working for the European future of Germany. In doing so, we are counting on you, too.
Have a nice week – and stay safe!
Secretary General of the European Movement Germany
#EBDFokus: Highlights of EM Germany’s General Assembly
The highest statutory meeting of European Movement Germany took place on 30 October, and for the first time in a hybrid format: The delegates participated via videoconference and cast their votes online. The meeting’s chair and a part of the keynote speakers were broadcasted from the „European House“ in Berlin. The Board of EM Germany had decided on the new format (as well as the new date – initially the general assembly was to take place in June) in March with regard to COVID-19. +++ The General Assembly adopted EM Germany’s Policies and Work Plan 2020/21 and, for the first time, decided to make six topics political priorities of EM Germany. +++ Re-elections at the top: The Board elections brought about a new two-year mandate for EM Germany President Linn Selle, her Vice-Presidents and the Treasurer by a broad majority. Among the 29 Board members, there are many new faces. +++ In her speech at the General Assembly, the old and new President claimed the need for a new plan for Europe. +++ Crisis management under #EU2020DE, the future governance of the EU, the German general elections 2021 and the role of civil society organisations in all that were pivotal topics in the keynote addresses and discussions by Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Federal Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth, EMI president Eva Maydell and the head of the German EU Commission representation Dr. Jörg Wojahn. +++ Have a look at all resolutions that the General Assembly adopted on our website.
EM Germany news
With a strong „German Europaplan“ into the general elections 2021: Europe is a question of national interest in Germany. And the European Movement Germany is – also under pandemic circumstances – an incubator of democracy. These are the two main conclusions of this year’s General Assembly of European Movement Germany which set the course of Germany’s biggest network for EU policies in the year to come , and a leitmotiv throughout the keynotes of, among others, Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. | More (in German)
A new compass for EM Germany’s lobbying until the Bundestag elections: General Assembly adopts EM Germany Policy 2020/21 and priorities for autum 2020. | More (in German)
General Assembly elects new Board of EM Germany in online elections: While President Linn Selle, Vice-Presidents Michael Gahler MEP, Christian Petry MP and Manuel Sarrazin MP as well as Treasurer Peter Hahn got their mandate confirmed, the Board sees a third of its 29 positions changed after this General Assembly. | More (in German)
Events to come
All EM Germany events take place via videoconference. Participation is free, but registration required. Conference language is German unless indicated otherwise. +++ 05.11.2020: EBD De-Briefing ECOFIN und Euro-Gruppe +++ 06.11.2020: Meeting of the Board of EM Germany +++ 10.11.2020: College of Europe Career Lunch +++ 16.11.2020: EP Rapporteur in Dialogue: Marion Walsmann +++ 19./20.11.2020: European Movement International Federal Assembly +++ 23.11.2020: EBD De-Briefing COMPET +++ Our Presidency Calendar on the German EU Council Presidency is online – in the traditional six-month format (scroll to page 2), but also for 2020. We’re continuously updating this new monthly format with events as they evolve – the A4 size allows for easy printing at your office (wherever it’s situated). The November edition of the calendar is available here.
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