Over a period of three yearshas worked to facilitate dialogue and contact between diverse groups of people living in Europe. Through the use of citizens’ panels, we have encountered large groups of people, including migrants, Roma people, LGBT people, unemployed or precarious young people and many EU citizens living in Members States they are not citizens of. Their concerns and proposals have been gathered in the Citizens Manifesto that was published in 2013 and presented to the public for the first time in Berlin in October 2013 as well as the European Parliament in December 2013. This idea of a pan-European dialogue of citizens that emerged from this process of the Citizens Pact is now taken to a different level: we leverage on the experience of drafting the Citizens Manifesto to produce tangible impact ahead of one of the key moments in European politics, the elections for the European Parliament in May 2014.
The Autumn Campus of EA takes place from Oct 21 - Oct 24 Schloss Wartin (Brandenburg). It is followed by a public conference on Saturday Oct 25 taking place at Böll Foundation in centre of Berlin with attendance of Saskia Sassen as confirmed key note speaker and more to come.
The Autumn Campus will be divided into three strands looking at how to influence policy making/building up a citizens lobby, how to bring grassroots practices and local change initiatives to a transnational dimension and we will be looking at network building and how to connect (online and offline) communities. The type of formats will range from expert-led discussions and workshops, to peer-to-peer trainings and time for exchange and building up own project ideas. We are also inviting members of our Advisory Board for specific "Master Classes".
The event is both the closing event of the Transeuropa Caravans project and the starting point for building up EA's work programme for the next years by including new and old members of EA and a selection of innovative civil society actors from across Europe. The participation will be based on an open call for applications which will be published on this site by mid-August!
From 25th of April to May 4th - with the exception of the Southern Caravan travelling from May 2nd to May 10th - Transeuropa Caravans embarked on their journeys from six different cities travelling throughout Europe and passing through more than 30 spots identified in the previous research and mapping phase of the project. The transnational caravans’ teams were made up of a coordinator, a communication and a logistics officers, a video-maker and a cartoonist and engaged with people involved on the ground in political struggles or initiatives for democracy, solidarity and equality, on topics ranging from the defence of minorities’ rights to the environment, the fight for common goods or the resistance to the power of financial markets... These grass roots initiatives often take place locally but gather knowledge and information that ought to be spread across Europe and be connected to similar initiatives at the other corner of the continent. This journey connected all of these initiatives and amplified their voices through the platform we – European Alternatives - provide and through the engagement in the next edition of the Citizens Manifesto and subsequent presentations.
The aim of the tour was to deepen the interaction with the Citizens Manifesto and its policy proposals, discussing and finding concrete ways of putting proposals into action. Along the route, the caravans engaged with MEPs and candidates bridging the connection to decision makers and those closer to policy making in Brussels. The Transeuropa Caravans are both a political and playful journey organised with a series of participatory activities and artistic public interventions inviting people to take part and ensure a wide European audience is involved in the trip offline and online through this interactive website.