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  • 1st December 2014 - 09:43 GMT

European Movement International elects new Board and decides political future

1 December 2014: Members of the European Movement International met together in Rome for an important Federal Assembly on Friday 28 November and Saturday 29 November, to elect a new Board and agree on future political commitments.Reelected to the positions of President and Treasurer were incumbents Jo Leinen andDries Callens respectively.The Assembly also chose 6 new Vice Presidents – 3 each to represent the National Councils and International Associations.New Vice Presidents from the National Councils are: Jean-Marie Cavada (EM France);Bernd Hüttemann (EM Germany); Nataša Owens (EM Croatia).

New Vice Presidents for the International Associations are: Ugo Ferruta (AIACE); Eva Paunova (EPP); Frédéric Vallier (CEMR).

The further 12 Board positions were elected to 6 women and 6 men: Jean Marie Baupuy; Maja Bobić; Noel Clehane; Daniel Correa; Olivier Hinnekens; Christof-Sebastian Klitz; Aleksandra Kluczka; Roselyne Lefrançois; Claudia Muttin;Federica Sabbati; Katja Tuokko; Christian Wenning.

Going forwards, the Movement will focus on 3 key areas. These are: More Democracy, Citizens’ Rights and Freedom; Jobs, Competitiveness and Sustainable Growth; and Europe in the World.

Setting its future in motion, the Assembly adopted political resolutions on several topics, including: TTIP and Europe’s economic future; Party political systems and the European project; the European year of development and Enlargement. (Full texts available here.)

Diogo Pinto, Secretary General, European Movement International, said: “Those who took part in the EMI Federal Assembly in Rome – participants and guests alike – witnessed the vitality of our old Movement. With ever more civil society organisations choosing to join the network, a rejuvenated Board and clear policy commitments, we are ready to show the way forward in re-launching the European project.

Notes to the Editors

1. The European Movement International (EMI) is one of the largest pan and pro-European civil society organisations with currently more than 70 Member Organisations, bringing together representatives from European associations, political parties, enterprises and trade unions.


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