EM Germany newsletter CW 34/2020 | EM Germany’s political demands 2020/21
After several intensive months, marked by the COVID-19 crisis, the EU budget negotiations and the start of the German EU Council Presidency, the political summer break offers some time to take a breath and prepare for the challenges ahead.
We have used the quieter days in August to finalise the draft texts for EM Germany’s future political demands and work priorities. We sent these to our member organisations on Wednesday and will discuss the texts with them at the end of this month within the context of three EM Germany Exclusive events.
The two drafts by the Secretary General are based on a wealth of feedback from the first round of consultations with member organisations, continuous dialogue within the board, external reviews and the current political demands. The current proposal aims to make EM Germany’s political demands more coherent by re-organising them into three thematic areas. Thus, the proposal follows the board’s decision in March, which, in light of the COVID-19-related postponement of the General Assembly to autumn, had suggested that the additional time be used for a general revision of EM Germany’s political demands.
In dialogue with our members, we would like to sharpen this consensus in the coming weeks so that we can lay a strong common foundation for our future work at the General Assembly in October.
Stay save and have a good week!
Dr. Linn Selle
#EBDFokus: EM Germany’s political demands 2020/21
As the biggest network for European politics in Germany, the voices and discourse of its member organisations are vital for European Movement (EM) Germany. This exchange results in its political demands, which are the keystones for political action by EM Germany. They result out of the statute and the resolutions of the general meeting and the board. +++ To get EM Germany’s political demands 2020/2021 going, the consultation process was started earlier this year. For this, the 250+ member organisations consult on what is important to them in order to promote European politics in Germany. This process leads to the annual General Assembly’s resolution concerning EM Germany’s political demands 2020/2021. +++ The postponement of this year’s General Assembly from June to the 30th of October confounded this process. At the same time, the new schedule allows to re-evaluate the texts and to adjust them. +++ Next to the political demands 2019/20 the substantive basis of the consultation process consists of the vision Europe 2049 by the youth associations within the network of EM Germany and the strategic agendas of the European Commission and of the Council of the European Union. +++ The process’ status quo? The secretary general’s draft texts on EM Germany’s political demands and the work priorities 2020/2021 were sent to the membership last week. Experts from the board and the member organisations will discuss these drafts within the framework of three EM Germany Exclusive events at the end of August.
#EBDGrafik of the week: EM Germany’s political demands 2020/21
EM Germany news
Network meeting of the winners of „Preis Frauen Europas“ (engl. Women of Europe Award by EM Germany): For a long time it was unclear whether the annual Bayreuth Festival of Young Artists would take place this year due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, festival director Sissy Thammer made every effort to ensure that the tradition, which has existed since 1950, could also take place this year, under special hygiene measures. After months of primarily digital exchange, some of the winners from the network of the Women of Europe Award met again in person for the first time in Bayreuth from August 6 to 8. In the best summer weather, this could be easily implemented with plenty of fresh air and sufficient distance. | More (in German) +++ REMINDER: Candidates for the Women of Europe Awards 2020 wanted! The international counterpart to the „Preis Frauen Europas“ are entering the next round. The awards are presented jointly by European Movement International (EMI) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) to women who are involved in the European project on a full-time or voluntary basis. Until 1 September member organisations of EM Germany can suggest candidates for the awards. | 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. +++ 25./27./31.08.2020: EBD Exklusiv: Consultation on EM Germany’s political demands 2020/21 +++ 27.08.2020: EBD Dialogue: the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council 2021 in the field of Defence +++ 09.09.2020: EBD Briefing with Werner Hoyer +++ 09.09. 2020: EP Rapporteur in Dialogue: MEP Hannah Neumann +++ Our Presidency Calendar on the German EU Council Presidency is online – in the traditional six-month format (scroll to page 2), but also for August 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).
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