The 2009 European elections were held from 4 – 7 June in the 27 member states of the European Union. 736 MEPs were elected to the European Parliament which will meet for its first plenary session in July 2009.
Having written to the EU Parliament elections candidates, Emmaus Europe received around fifteen responses by post and email.
We are planning to follow these new MEPs throughout their period in office to keep them up to date with the movement’s campaigns and to make the voice of Emmaus Europe heard.
Two meetings were held in France
Tuesday 26 May 2009: meeting with Dominique Riquet, mayor of Valenciennes, France. UMP leading candidate (the party has a majority in the French parliament) for the North electoral region.
Thursday 29 May 2009: Meeting with Christophe Bechu, president of the Maine and Loire regional council, leading candidate on the UMP list (the majority party in the French Parliament) for the North-west electoral region.
A meeting was also held in Poland
Emmaus Lublin welcomed a Polish candidate, Lena Kolarska-Bobinska, to the community on 9 May. Thirty people – members and friends of Emmaus Lublin – took part in the meeting.
Kolarska-Bobinska is a sociology professor and a European Parliament candidate (representing the liberal Civic Platform party which is in power in Poland). The representatives of this party are members of the EPP in the European Parliament. Kolarska-Bobinska was elected to the European Parliament.
The new makeup of the European Parliament can be seen below. A lot of blue, less red and more green – the European elections have changed the look of the parliament without actually affecting the political balance.
We are planning to meet these new MEPs and particularly those who will work on the following commissions:
Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities commission.
Environment, public health and food safety commission.
Civil liberties, justice and home affairs commission.
Indeed, Emmaus Europe’s campaign is continuing beyond the elections. We will be focusing our efforts on these three commissions in particular, as they study and work on issues that are closely linked to Emmaus Europe’s key themes (migration policy and the right to asylum, poor housing and the solidarity economy).
The Regional Assembly of Emmaus Europe (to be held in Brussels from 16-18 October 2009) will also discuss these themes. We hope to obtain concrete answers from the MEPs on these issues before the assembly. This is why our campaign targeting the MEPs must not and cannot stop here.
It is important to remember that our roadmap and commitments for the coming years will be designed at the Regional Assembly.
Let’s all get ready for Brussels, where we can build a Europe based on the values of Emmaus!