Since the 2009 Regional Assembly, Emmaus Europe has followed the mandate given to it by the groups:
1. Build knowledge of European groups’ practices and ideas about the environment and degrowth. The most wide-ranging and representative possible review of environmentally friendly practices was carried out to meet the European groups’ expectations (2010). This snapshot now enables us to promote and reinforce the role of the Emmaus groups as champions of alternatives in response to the crises and in a difficult world.
2. Lobby political decision-makers and civil society, specifically in 2010 about defending the right of asylum in order to become involved in lobbying on the local, national and European political scene. RAEE participants took part in political lobbying based on the Emmaus Movement’s fundamental principles at the European Parliament in Brussels in October 2009, with this being one of the region’s work areas for 2010-2011. At the beginning of a long-term initiative, Emmaus Europe has made monitoring the asylum package its core theme by meeting with MEPs in order to pass on recommendations on the directives included on the European political agenda.
A review, albeit rather premature, shows that a number of key phases have been completed.
What kind of initiatives could Emmaus Europe implement in order to keep working dynamically on environmental issues and to keep up its political lobbying, while actively involving those living in communities in the life of the Movement? How can these ideas be pooled and developed? These questions need a well-thought out and level-headed response in 2011.
A day-and-a-half long European gathering bringing together 260 European Emmaus groups will be the opportunity to:
- Take stock of progress made on the commitments approved by the 2009 Brussels assembly.
- Decide on Emmaus Europe’s strategic areas for 2011-2013 in order to bring alive and develop the region.
- Elect the region’s future representatives.
Combating extreme poverty and respect for migrants’ rights have become European issues and it is vital that everyone is actively involved! We will only be able to continue our work if everyone participates.
Emmaus Europe is inviting you to join in the development of the region. All the groups are asked to send us recommendations which could be used as discussion areas at the assembly and for the future.
Take a look in your letterboxes: you will find the programme and the registration form for the 4th Regional Assembly of Emmaus Europe.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on 11-12 May 2011 in Paris!