• Share
  • Email
  • Embed
  • Like
  • Save
  • Private Content
Online course on eu   20120619
 

Online course on eu 20120619

on

  • 740 views

Powerpoint presentation Plan EU: introduction to the EU institutions and what you can do in the lobby trajectory.

Powerpoint presentation Plan EU: introduction to the EU institutions and what you can do in the lobby trajectory.

Statistics

Views

Total Views
740
Views on SlideShare
740
Embed Views
0

Actions

Likes
0
Downloads
5
Comments
0

0 Embeds 0

No embeds

Accessibility

Categories

Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment

    Online course on eu   20120619 Online course on eu 20120619 Presentation Transcript

    • Youth in Action
    • AGENDA Introduction to the European Union  European institutions EU’s role in development  The Cotonou Partnership How to advocate in the EU
    • Candidate CountriesCroatiaFormer Yugoslav Republic ofMacedoniaTurkeyPotential CandidateCountriesAlbaniaBosnia & HerzegovinaMontenegroSerbia including Kosovo underUN Security CouncilResolution 1244
    • Introduction to the EuropeanUnion The EU in a nutshell 27 member states (MS) and a population of over 500 million (USA = 312 million) In 2007, around 96 million young people aged between 15 and 29 years Young people represent about 20% of the EU population This means the EU is also YOU
    • What is the Motto of the EuropeanUnion? a) United in prosperity (wealth) b) United in austerity (saving) c) United in diversity
    • The institutions of the EU The The European European Parliament Commisson (EP) (EC) The Council of The the European European Union (The Council Council)
    • The European Parliament Directly elected by the citizens of Europe in elections every 5 years 753 Members (MEPs): www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/search.html MEPs sit in the plenary according to political groups not national groups 20 committees + extra sub-committees in Brussels prepare the work of the plenary sessions Vote in Plenary in Strasburg and Brussels
    • The European Parliament EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT POWERS BUDGETARY SUPERVISORY POWER POWER LEGISLATIVE POWER
    • An MEP can help you put your topic on the EU agenda!
    • The European Parliament Which committees work on your issue? Development; Chaired by Ms. Eva Jolyhttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/performsearch.h tml Woman’s rights and gender equality; Chaired by Mr. Mikael Gustafssonhttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/performsearch.h tml Employment and social affairs; Chaired by Ms. Pervenche Berèshttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/performsearch.h tml
    • When will the next EuropeanParliament elections take place? a) 2013 b) 2014 c) 2015
    • The European Commission The main executive body of the EU Led by a President nominated by the European Council every 5 years 25 EU Commissioners  Each is responsible for a specific area (e.g. Development Cooperation, Trade)  Selected by the president , but must be approved by the Council and the EP José Manuel Barosso (Portugal) is the current President (2009-2014)
    • The European Commission GUARDIAN RIGHT OF OF THE INITIATIVE TREATIES EUROPEAN COMMISSION FUNCTIONS MANAGES RESPONSIBLE FOR EU IMPLEMENTATION RESOURCES OF EC LAW REPRESENTS THE EU ON INTERNATIONAL STAGE
    • The European Commission Who works on development? EuropeAid Development and Cooperation (DEVCO)  Responsible for designing EU development policies and delivering aid through programmes and projects across the world  Commissioner Andris Piebalgs (Latvia) Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO)  Responsible for providing emergency assistance and relief to the victims of natural disasters or armed conflict outside the EU  Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva (Bulgaria)
    •  European Commission’s page for the Youth:http://ec.europa.eu/youth/index_en.htm Barroso calls for using 82 billion euro unspent funds to help job creationhttp://www.europeanvoice.com/article/imported/barroso- calls-for-unspent-funds-to-help-job-creation-/73437.aspx Youth opportunities initiative (video on youth employment):http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I073435 &sitelang=en
    • Questions?
    • How many stars does the Europeanflag have? a) 12 b) 15 c) 25
    • EU’s role in Development The fundamental principles guiding EC development effort Poverty reduction Coordination and complementarily between the EU and member states Coherence between the EU’s development objectives and its external policies which would affect developing countries like Ghana or Cameroon
    • The Cotonou PartnershipAgreement Is an agreement between the EU and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, including Ghana, Sierra Leone and Cameroon Main aims:  Reduce poverty  Include non state actors (NGOs like Plan) in aid policy  Reinforce economic- and trade partnerships Aid to the ACP countries is funded through the European Development Fund (EDF) Is important for you: you write to your government to remind them of the objectives of this agreement and their responsibilities!
    • The Cotonou PartnershipAgreement Article 26 …cooperation shall support policies, measures and operations aimed at:b) promoting the skills, energy, innovation and potential of youth in order to enhance theireconomic, social and cultural opportunities and enlarge their employment opportunities in the productive sector;
    • How many Europeans participate personally inhelping poor countries either by donating moneyor volunteering in relevant organisations? a) 22 % b) 30% c) 41%
    • How to Advocate in the EU What is the problem you want to address? How is the problem relevant to you? How is the EU part of the solution to your problem? Which concrete changes in policy and/or practice do you want to achieve?
    • How to influence EU Policy and Practice Raising your issues with EU Lawmakers Other advocacy opportunities
    • Influencing EU Legislation Legislation concerning cooperation with third countries is adopted through the ordinary legislative procedure (Co-decision):  Starts with a legislative proposal from the Commission to the Council and the EP  The proposal is debated, amended and eventually adopted by the EP and the Council
    • Influencing the Commission? Identify who will be responsible for drafting the legislative proposal in the Commission(which Directorate General (DG), which Unit and what officials)  For youth employment within Europe: DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (Directorate C Europe 2020: Employment policies , Unit C3, M. Uebe)  For employment in development cooperation: Directorate General for Development and Cooperation (EuropeAid, DEVCO D. Human and Society development, Unit D3, H. Bourgade) Build alliances with other likeminded NGOs and network with established NGO networks in Brussels to raise awareness of your issues  e.g. Youth Employment Action (YEA): www.youthemploymentaction.org/
    • Influencing the EuropeanParliamentMake a mapping of important MEPs for The Netherlands and Lithuania (see link to relevant committees above)Network with influential MEPs and your national Permanent Representation to the EU
    • Influencing the EuropeanParliament Who else to target at the EP Rapporteur: The MEP responsible for drafting a committee’s report  E.g. Dutch MEP Marije Cornelissen was rapporteur for the report on employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2012, which also stresses the need to tackle youth unemployment Shadow Rapporteurs: MEPs from a different political group who shadow the drafting of the report Political advisers
    • Influencing MEPs Target your national MEPs Find out their interests (search for their parliamentary questions and reports) Meet them face to face Use clear messages and impressive facts and statistics Share the newest relevant research/reports Establish yourself as the expert Try to win over their assistant Provide, concise, relevant and to the point information about your project and goals with clear advice on what you want them to do
    • Other Advocacy opportunities Outside of the EU, you can contact the EU through the EU Delegation in your country: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/web_en.htm Written Declaration (WD)  A WD is a text of a maximum of 200 words on a matter falling within the European Union’s sphere of activities.  Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) can use WDs to launch or re-launch a debate on a subject that comes within the EU’s remit.  378 out of 756 signatures are required to adopt the text.  During plenary sessions, MEPs can sign WDs in front of the chamber
    • Other Advocacy opportunities Regional and Country Strategy Papers  Based on strategy papers and annual action programmes, EU funding is delivered through budget support, grants and contracts  You can assist your partners in the south to influence the programming of aid through influencing Regional and Country Strategy Papers e.g. under the Cotonou Partnership
    • TIPS Have clear objectives, messages and outcomes Identify the institution in charge and your key targets Establish your organisation as “youth on the field” Use your own government as first contact Network for collective influencing Use MEPs friendly to your cause Build key contacts in Brussels institutions and among the NGOs
    • How many official languages arethere in the EU? a) 20 b) 23 c) 27
    • Q&A