The European Movement International in 2019
With the year coming to an end, we would like to share with you our key activities, from our events and communications to our policy output and lobbying work. Aside from changes in the EU leadership, 2019 has seen civil activism drive social and political change, whether in the context of defending democratic rights, enhancing social equality or calling for stronger climate protection.
2019 was marked by the European Elections and our network’s efforts in mobilising citizens to vote. With many European countries raising their voter turnout, millions of citizens across Europe used the occasion to defend the issues that they care about, cast their vote in the elections and encouraged others to do the same. Tied in closely with the European Parliament’s ‘This Time I’m Voting’ campaign, we organised a range of activities and streamlined our network’s communications to strengthen the voice of citizens at a time when nationalistic and populist ideas are gaining ground.
This Time I’m Voting – #TTIV
In 2019, we contributed to the European Parliament’s campaign ’This Time I’m Voting’ as an official partner, to encourage citizens to engage and vote in the EP elections. As part of this campaign and in support of the European Parliament, we kicked off preparations for our flagship event ‘Democracy Alive’ which took place from 11-13 April 2019 on the Dutch island of Texel.
Ahead of the European Parliament elections, we organised a European Democracy Festival to bring citizens, stakeholders and politicians together to engage on the important issues of today. After the European elections, we transformed Democracy Alive into a community where activists from across Europe can come together and take action to defend, strengthen and promote European democracy. The platform now serves as a space where people can find support for their initiatives, can take part in weekly campaigns, and where we promote the various activities of our members throughout Europe.
Listen to Europe
Ahead of the European elections, together with a group of researchers led by Matthew MacWilliams and with the support of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, we conducted a poll that was fielded by YouGov, on the drivers of behaviours and attitudes of citizens in 13 European Union Member States towards democracy and authoritarianism. The results of the poll, disseminated across Europe, now provide useful campaigning tools and outreach strategies that can be tailored towards the different Member States but also a wider European audience.
On Our Watch
Together with the European Youth Forum, Citizens for Europe and the broad range of partnering civil society organisations, we transformed the On Our Watch website to highlight organisations’ election manifestos and pledge campaigns ahead of the European Elections. On top of this, we included an integrated Vote Comparator developed specifically for the elections. Now, with the European Parliament in full swing and the Commission in place, we will continue to use the website to showcase civil society’s demands vis-à-vis policymakers and to use the platform as a resource hub for those interested in the various issues that civil society is working on.
Women of Europe Awards
For the fourth year running, the 2019 edition of the Women of Europe Awards, organised with the support of the European Women’s Lobby, featured four inspiring winners from Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Czechia: Laura Codruța Kövesi, Chief EU Public Prosecutor Elect (Woman in Power), Milena Kadieva, Human Rights Lawyer (Woman in Action), Eleonora Azzaoui & Vera Günther, Founders of Mimycri (Women in Business) and Johanna Nejedlová, Co-Founder of KONSENT (Woman in Youth Activism). See more on our social media campaign here.
European Democracy Group
The European Democracy Group is organised by Carnegie Europe and the European Movement International, involving regular discussions between analysts, civil society representatives, and policymakers in Brussels to explore ways to improve democratic participation in the EU. In 2019 we organised discussions around the future of civic participation in Europe as well as the impact of digital technology on European democracy.
Investing in the Future of Europe
As part of the ‘Investing in the Future of Europe‘ series, a partnership between the European Movement and European Investment Bank, we organised events in Budapest, Helsinki, Prague and on Texel this year. The debates offer the chance to highlight the benefits of European integration and to discuss how to best invest in the European Union and the well-being of its citizens.
In 2019, members of the European Movement International network celebrated Europe Day by holding events, discussions and activities throughout Europe in May, ahead of the European elections. From Finland to Croatia, and from Ireland to Turkey, celebrations and events of all kinds took place in EU member as well as non–member states.
Our policy and influencing
The 2019 European elections saw a large number of Europeans go to the polls to make their voice heard. These citizens now want to see their concerns and aspirations taken seriously and their priorities turned into actions. Only through working together can we provide common solutions to the challenges Europe faces and ensure that Europeans’ wishes are reflected in the EU’s work throughout the next 5 years and beyond.
Take a look at our main policy proposals that guide our current activities and get in touch if you want to join forces for any of the issues.
Protecting EU values
- Publication of a position on engaging citizens ahead of the Sibiu Summit inviting leaders to commit to a transparent, representative and consistent consultation tool
- Presentation our network’s experience on the European Citizens Consultations at the Committee of the Regions’ public event
- Contribution to Committee of the Regions’ report on the future of the European Citizens’ Consultations
- Two meetings of the European Democracy Group
Protecting EU values
- Publication of a policy position on ‘Moving Towards a Sustainable Europe’, by addressing environmental, economic and social aspects
- Public event on ‘Citizens for Change | The Role of Civil Society in Environmental Policies’ as part of the EU Green Week
Foreign and Security Policy
- Publication of a policy position on ‘Strengthening the European Union’s Position on the Global Stage’
- Breakfast briefing ahead of the European Council summit to discuss the state of play and future challenges of EU security and defence cooperation.
Enlargement and Western Balkans
- Letter to the European Parliament President David Sassoli, inviting him to visit the Western Balkans and show support for accession candidate countries
- Event on ‘Making a success of Europe | Expectations from & Opportunities for Central Europe and the Balkans‘
This year, the European Movement International put particular emphasis on communications due to the European elections, with social media outreach being central to our communications campaigns. We have reached millions of people with our posts on Twitter alone. Hashtags from events such as the Democracy Alive festival and the Women of Europe Awards had a particularly wide reach.
With our focus being on Twitter and Facebook, we currently have:
Over 26.600 followers on Twitter
Over 14.600 followers on Facebook
So far in 2019, we have reached 4.305.362 total impressions on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn combined.
Our EP election communication campaigns on social media were particularly popular.
3.620.000 people reached throughout our communications campaign.
300.000 people watched on Twitter our promotional video for the Democracy Festival
300.000 people watched on Twitter our post-festival video
Social media campaigns
Listen to Europe campaign
Women of Europe Awards campaign
Our network gatherings
On 11 April our members met on the Dutch island of Texel where the European Democracy Festival took place. Gathering around 75 delegates coming from all over Europe, the Members Council allowed for our members to discuss key policy issues and share views on the European elections campaigns from the EMI and other topics such Europe Day.
On 8 November, members of the European Movement International met in Helsinki to discuss the state of the network, debate the big issues that face Europe and set out priorities for the coming year. Ahead of the Federal Assembly, hosted by the European Movement Finland, members participated in a ‘Fringe Event: The Future of Europe: Legacy of the Finnish EU-Presidency’. Guest speakers on both days included representatives from civil society, members of European Parliament, Finnish Minister for European Affairs Tytti Tuppurainen and Vice-President of the European Investment Bank Alexander Stubb.
National Councils’ meeting
On 2 October, representatives of the European Movement National Councils met in Brussels to plan joint activities and strategies for the coming year and to discuss the theme of the 2020 Europe Day celebrations.
Our events in 2019
- 11 December 2019: EU Security and Defence: State of play & Future Challenges
- 4 December 2019: Women of Europe Awards 2019
- 13 November 2019: Wednesday Social | Climate Change and Business
- 7-8 November 2019: European Movement Federal Assembly 2019 Finland
- 5 November 2019: Making a success of Europe | Expectations from & Opportunities for Central Europe and the Balkans
- 8 October 2019: Investing in the Future of Europe | Budapest
- 26 June 2019: Investing in the Future of Europe | Helsinki
- 5 June 2019: The Role of Civil Society in Environmental Policies
- 23 May 2019: What Will the Next European Parliament Look Like? | European Greens
- 15 May 2019: On Our Watch Re-Launch
- 14 May 2019: What Will the Next European Parliament Look Like ? |S&D
- 10 May 2019: Democracy Table, Copenhagen – Listen to Europe
- 9 May 2019: Democracy Table, Warsaw – Listen to Europe
- 8 May 2019: Democracy Table, Berlin – Listen to Europe
- 7 May 2019: What Will the Next European Parliament Look Like ? |EPP
- 2 May 2019: Democracy Table, Tallinn – Listen to Europe
- 29 April 2019: What Will the Next European Parliament Look Like? | ALDE
- 15 April 2019: Democracy Table, Paris – Listen to Europe
- 10-13 April 2019: DEMOCRACY ALIVE, the first European democracy festival
- 12 April 2019: Investing in the Future of Europe – Texel
- 11 April 2019: Democracy Table, Texel – Listen to Europe
- 10 April 2019: Wednesday Social | Plastics…Not so fantastic!
- 8 April 2019: Democracy Table, Brussels – Listen to Europe
- 5 April 2019: Democracy Table, Barcelona – Listen to Europe
- 4 April 2019: Democracy Table, Madrid – Listen to Europe
- 2 April 2019: Democracy Table, Vienna – Listen to Europe
- 27 March 2019: Democracy Table, Rome – Listen to Europe
- 20 March 2019: Brexit Briefing with Stefaan De Rynck
- 6 March 2019: Investing in the Future of Europe – Pragu