The European Union: where exactly is it? A few examples of European NGOs activities that led to a change Marcela Wasilewska Federation of the Non-Governmental Organisations Centrum Szpitalna
<ul><li>– support for NGOs: </li></ul><ul><li>information services, legal and accounting advice, trainings on association/foundation management, “ Inkubator”: a programme for new/young NGOs; </li></ul><ul><li>European Programme: continuation of activities of the Polish NGO Office in Brussels (2001-2005). </li></ul>Federation Centrum Szpitalna
Our European Programme <ul><li>– NGO-tailored information on European matters: </li></ul><ul><li>publications: “ EUlotka” magazine (published together with the bimonthly gazeta.ngo.pl), EU funding for NGOs Guide, </li></ul><ul><li>newsletter covering European matters, </li></ul><ul><li>press review (EU funding), </li></ul><ul><li>websites: ue.ngo.pl i fs.ngo.pl, </li></ul><ul><li>European NGOs and networks database. </li></ul>
The European Union: where exactly is it? In Brussels?
The European Council for Non-Profit Organisations (CEDAG) and its lobbying campaign for the creation of a Social Economy Intergroup in the European Parliament
European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH) & European Cultural Foundation (ECF): the “70 cents for culture” campaign
European Women’s Lobby (EWL) work on the European Roadmap for equality between women and men (2006-2010)
European Roma Information Office (ERIO): how did they encourage the European Parliament to adopt the Resolution on Roma in Europe
European Volunteer Centre (CEV): campaign “ Towards a European Year of Volunteering 2011”
How did it happen that the European Commission has launched the public consultation on reforming the rules governing EU funding (end of 2009)
“ A Soul for Europe” Initiative – a model of cooperation between civil society and policy-makers
Will the Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision-Making Process elaborated by NGOs be adapted in Europe?
<ul><li>We are in a particular moment (1): </li></ul><ul><li>new Treaty for the EU; </li></ul><ul><li>new composition of the European Parliament; </li></ul><ul><li>new composition of the European Commission; </li></ul><ul><li>new economic strategy “ Europe 2020”; </li></ul>
<ul><li>We are in a particular moment (2): </li></ul><ul><li>work continues on: new budget 2014-2020 (possible EU funding reform), new Social Agenda 2011-2015, implementation of the citizens' initiative; </li></ul><ul><li>preparations for Poland's Presidency in the EU Council (2 nd half of 2011). </li></ul>
Article 8B of the new EU Treaty 1. The institutions shall, by appropriate means, give citizens and representative associations the opportunity to make known and publicly exchange their views in all areas of Union action. 2. The institutions shall maintain an open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society. 3. The European Commission shall carry out broad consultations with parties concerned in order to ensure that the Union's actions are coherent and transparent. 4. Not less than one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States may take the initiative of inviting the European Commission, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties.