Overview
Lobbyists and policy professionals aim to play a large role in influencing European policy in Brussels. Alongside policy work though, a number of mechanisms also exist to enable civil society and citizen voices to be heard at the European level, from consultations to European Citizen Initiatives.

A number of networks have been developed to amplify the voices of civil society, and a number of European Citizen Initiatives have already taken place, but there is much scope for a strengthened activist and civil society voice on the European level.

This session focuses on effective advocacy towards European institutions, citizen lobbying, and using European level tools to influence policy for rights protection. It also looks forward to how civil society can develop better communication channels with the EU, particularly in light of Article 11 TEU.

Core Topics

Participation rights

Building links to policy makers

Networking for policy change

Developing policy and using EU tools

Competences developed
Relationship building with the EC and EP, understanding of existing networks, the use of the ECI, understanding of EU policy input mechanisms, understanding of participation rights in the EU

Target audience
Civil society organisations looking to build their capacity to engage in EU policy discussions.

Speakers

Alexandrina Najmowicz, Director, European Civic Forum

Anne-Marie Perret, ECI Right2water

Paul Nemitz, European Commission, DG Justice

Tomislav Domes, activist, political scientist

Marta Pardavi, Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Valentin Dupouey, European Civic Forum

Pierre-Arnaud Perrouty, ECI Wake up Europe

Livia Hentschel, Better Regulation Watchdog

Waltraud Heller, Fundamental Rights Agency

Barbara Grabowska-Moroz, Polish Helsinki Human Rights Foundation

Pierluigi Brombo, EESC

Carlotta Besozzi, Civil Society Europe

Allan Pall, European Youth Forum

Pierre Baussand, Social Platform

Israel Butler, European Liberties Platform

Serap Altinisik, European Women’s Lobby

Julie  Ward, MEP

Tanja FAJON, MEP, Vice-President S&D

Audrey Frith, LLL Platform

Adrienne Charmet-Alix, La Quadrature du Net

Agenda

Agenda

Agenda

Activists

  • Zuzana Stevulova
    Zuzana Stevulova
    Human Rights League
  • Pedro Ponte e Sousa
    Pedro Ponte e Sousa
  • Theresa Gessler
    Theresa Gessler
    MigSzol
  • Sérgio Pedro
    Sérgio Pedro
    PLATAFORMA NÃO AO TRATADO TRANSATLÂNTICO/ HABITA65
  • Olga Lenczewska
    Olga Lenczewska
    New East Platform
  • Nazanin	Sepehri
    Nazanin Sepehri
    Borders of Mobility
  • Matija Sinković
    Matija Sinković
    Institute for the Development of Education
  • Gyorgy Folk
    Gyorgy Folk
    European Liberties Platform
  • Federico	Guerrieri
    Federico Guerrieri
  • Claudio Tocchi
    Claudio Tocchi
    Associazione Trepuntozero
  • Bistra Ivanova
    Bistra Ivanova
    Multi Kulti Collective
  • Alexandra Karpova
    Alexandra Karpova
  • Barbara Joannon
    Barbara Joannon
  • Leonie Jegen
    Leonie Jegen
    Alignment for Dignity
  • George-Konstantinos Charonis
    George-Konstantinos Charonis
    European Youth Forum
  • Cristian Gherasim
    Cristian Gherasim
    European Roma Rights Center
Zuzana Stevulova
Human Rights League

Slovak Human Rights League is a non-profit and non-governmental organization established in 2005 by lawyers and advocates involved in the legal counselling provided to refugees, asylum seekers and foreigners from non-EU countries in Slovakia. Our aspiration is to support building of transparent and responsible immigration, asylum and integration policies respecting human rights and dignity. Our initiatives aim to support self-empowerment of foreigners and refugees.

www.hrl.sk

Pedro Ponte e Sousa

Pedro is an MA student in International Relations, at the moment writing a thesis on 21st century Portuguese Foreign Policy, its party cleavages and the lack of its democratic accountability. A great deal of his academic background was focused on intercultural communication and civic and political participation; he was President of NERI-FLUP [International Relations Student Group, part of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto] until last year. He now holds the following positions: students representative in several managerial bodies of the Faculty; he is also a Young Global Advocate for justice and citizenship being a member of the project “Challenging the Crisis” – Promoting Global Justice and citizens’ engagement in a time of uncertainty, run by the NGO IDEA and financed by the EU. Pedro is or has participated in projects, intensive courses and summer schools on the European integration process, democracy, civic and political participation, global education, development cooperation, both in Portugal and abroad.

 

Theresa Gessler
MigSzol
Sérgio Pedro
PLATAFORMA NÃO AO TRATADO TRANSATLÂNTICO/ HABITA65
Olga Lenczewska
New East Platform

Originally from Poland, Olga Lenczewska is currently studying Philosophy and Italian at the University of Oxford. Her academic interests include the philosophy of Kant, aesthetics, international relations, and social justice. She has conducted research for the Italian National Research Council’s Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies. She is the editor of New East Platform, an organisation that provides commentaries on the Eastern European affairs, and of The Culture Trip, a digital platform for global culture and travel.

Nazanin Sepehri
Borders of Mobility
Matija Sinković
Institute for the Development of Education
Gyorgy Folk
European Liberties Platform
Federico Guerrieri
Claudio Tocchi
Associazione Trepuntozero
Bistra Ivanova
Multi Kulti Collective
Bistra Ivanova has been working passionately in the field of integration of migrants and refugees in Bulgaria (co-founder and deputy chair of Multi Kulti Collective) and building volunteering culture in developing societies (chair of TimeHeroes.org) in the last 5 years.
BA in Media Studies (Sofia University), MA in Financial Management and Marketing (University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship, Sofia), Migration Policy in a European Context course (Central European University, Hungary).
Awarded Volunteer of the Year 2011 (Astika Foundation, Bulgaria), 40 under 40 2014 (Darik Radio, Bulgaria), nominated Human of the Year 2014 (Bulgarian Helsinki Committee). Incoming Curator of the Sofia Hub of Global Shapers of World Economic Forum in 2016.
multikulti.bg
timeheroes.org/en/
Alexandra Karpova
Barbara Joannon

Barbara is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow from the 2013 French Programme and the 2014 Pat Cox Fellowship where she has been assistant of a MEP. She is currently working as European Project and Advocacy Officer in a French NGO supporting asylum seekers and refugees. Promoting migrants’ and asylum seekers’ rights as well as welcoming societies is her main target, both as a young professional and as an activist. She graduated with a Master degree in International relations and development from the Institute of Political Sciences in Lyon in October 2014. She loves travelling, initiating new projects and meeting people from around the world.

Leonie Jegen
Alignment for Dignity

During the last years Leonie’s main field of political work has been immigration policy with a special focus on EU and national refugee and asylum policy. She has been active in several groups in multiple places. Having worked and studied in France, the Netherlands, Greece and Morocco has broadened her horizons and made her value transnational links in activist work.

George-Konstantinos Charonis
European Youth Forum

The vision of the European Youth Forum is to be the voice of young people in Europe, where young people are equal citizens and are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens.

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. Representing 99 youth organisations, both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations, we believe youth organisations are the tool through which we empower, encourage, involve, represent, reach out and support young people. The Youth Forum brings together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe, organised in order to represent their common interests.

The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interest and those of their organisations. In the current uncertain political and social context that affects young people, they can be powerful catalysts for positive change and contributors of innovative solutions to Europe’s problems.

www.youthforum.org

Cristian Gherasim
European Roma Rights Center

Cristian Gherasim is the editor for The Week in Europe section of Katoikos.eu. He did his postgraduate studies in Political Science and Public Administration, and has been working as public affairs consultant, communications officer and social media expert in his native Romania, as well as in Hungary and Poland. Cristian has also contributed articles to the EU Reporter and Half Tidy Ltd.

www.katoikos.eu