The European civic Forum, of which AEDH is a member, congratulates itself on the withdrawal of the citizenship from Tibor Navracsics’ portfolio, but considers that M. Juncker’s choice to give this responsibility to Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration and Home affairs, is provocative and even dangerous.
7 October 2014 – AEDH, who had alerted the wider public and mobilised MEPs to vote against Mr Navracsics’ designation as Commissioner for culture, education and citizenship, warmly welcomes the vote of the Culture Committee and will continue to closely follow the reshuffling of the European Commission.
The campaign “Europe of rights: here, now, for all !” is conducted by the European Association for the Defence of Human Rights and its 31 member associations, which promote human rights, democracy and citizenship across 22 member states of the European Union.
The magazine “Diasporiques” has devoted its December 2013 issue to Europe. Therefore, it has transcribed a debate that has brought together Catherine Teule, Charles Conte, Bernard Delemotte Philippe Lazar and Gilles Manceron about the formal recognition of a “European citizenship based on residence”.
On 12th and 13th December 2013, the Closing Conference of the European Year of Citizens 2013 took place at the Lithuanian Parliament “Seimas” in Vilnius. During this event, the chair of European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) officially handed over EYCA Policy Document:
“It’s about Us, it’s about Europe! Towards Democratic European Citizenship” to EU Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding.
Following new laws adopted by the Hungarian parliament over the last weeks, concerning for example the criminalisation of homelessness or the extension of the length of pre-trial detention, AEDH and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee call on the Hungarian Parliament and Government to respect the principle of the rule of law and Human rights.
In an article on the successes and challenges posed by the European Year of Citizens, published on September 3rd 2013 in the daily newspaper « La Libre Belgique », Serge Kollwelter, the AEDH’s honorary chairman, comments on the irony of reducing the funds allocated to the « Europe for Citizens » programme during the European Year of Citizens.
Pierre Barge, the AEDH’s honorary chairman, was invited to give a presentation as the co-president of the working group « An inclusive citizenship for all EU residents » within the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA 2013): he gave a speech at the EESC about his working group’s position.
The Alliance of the civil society organisations for the European Year of Citizens (EYCA) met up on July 8th and 9th in Zagreb. The AEDH, which is represented in the Steering Committee by its Honorary Chairman Pierre Barge (who also co-chairs the third working group) attended this meeting.
With this open letter, the AEDH joins European and national organisations to reaffirm the need for a well-financed ‘Europe for Citizens’ programme, properly monitored and implemented with respect to good governance, transparency regulations and frameworks. We further ask the Council to reverse the proposed budget reductions.