To all the European groups
Montreuil, 8 June 2011
Each of our assemblies invites us to showcase Emmaus Europe’s actions and analyse its future. The news in recent times has been particularly stimulating. Current affairs have been marked by debates on migration policy and at the same time sustainable development is proving to be a social issue; both are Emmaus Europe work areas. Emmaus Europe acts, reacts and adapts, and its member organisations met to take stock in 2011.
After over a year and a half of work, numerous meetings with various Movement stakeholders and high-profile guests, the RAEE took place in spring 2011 in Paris, bringing together 144 member organisations.
None of this would have been possible without the participation of all 230 of you from different European countries (Germany, Belgium, Bosnia, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Italy, France, UK, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Sweden, Ukraine and Albania – invited by the Emmaus Paris Association).
The extraordinary assembly on 11 May also enabled us, with everyone’s support, to update and make more effective the Emmaus Europe statutes.New elected representatives were also chosen at the start of the morning session on 12 May. They will take up their positions in March 2012 at the World Assembly.
None of this would have been possible without membership fees being paid, without the remarkable work done by the Emmaus Paris community, without your positive response to the various requests to participate in the preparatory meetings, the presence of the director of Illégal, and without the friendly and warm welcome from Emmaus Rouen and those in charge of Esteville on 13 May in France. A big thank you also for the jam carefully prepared in Rhone-Alps by the Comité d’Amis de Roanne!
The Regional Executive of Emmaus Europe now wishes to warmly thank you for taking part in this European meeting. We want to convey to you our commitment to take on board the proposals from the workshops and to organise meetings between all the Movement’s stakeholders about the issues debated.
We must now take charge of this joint work and interact with those involved in our member organisations – companions, friends and leaders. The continuity of our work has been ensured. Some of the fundamentals of the work to be continued and that is a common basis for all are listed below.
The issue of sustainable development and its many facets: the positive aspect of our contribution to recycling and recovery and the less glorious nature of our everyday behaviour, although it is, however, becoming increasingly responsible. An exchange of good practice will enrich our expertise and fuel our discussion process, supported by resources. European current affairs are guiding our thinking towards new areas: happy degrowth, water being public property and local development challenge us and will direct our actions. These issues must not be disconnected from the subject of human development.
This sometimes untranslatable word involves enabling everyone to feel at ease and not suffer, and has been worked on, with concrete initiatives being put in place: training oneself and companions, leaders and friends having to question their own behaviour towards others: does it enable people to grow? It has also been stated that the group phenomenon is important and that there are groups that foster empowerment. Exchanges should further enable us to progress and identify good examples and good practice, which can then be encouraged.
Finally, the creativity workshop stressed our need for human contact and the need for ambassadors to visit the groups, discuss and progress together.
The Assembly minutes and the new version of the Emmaus Europe statutes will be made available on our website* over the coming weeks. Let’s tirelessly continue to make Emmaus Europe flourish! The more of us champion its policy areas, the better they will be developed and shaped by us all.
The Regional Executive of Emmaus Europe
Julio de la Granja, Alain Capmas, Xavier Vandromme, Silvana Nogarole and Gianni Belletti.
Calendar Just like every summer, between 15 June and 15 September, a number of member organisations are opening their doors to young volunteers to enable them to discover the Emmaus values and to share the companions’ daily life. For more information please go to The summer volunteer programme section.
- A national salon will be held in Italy on 10-11 September in Turin. In France, a salon will be held on 3 September in Haguenau. The PACA / Languedoc Roussillon Region is organising the first ever salon in Nice on 9 October.
- The Regional Council of Emmaus Europe will be held on 14-16 October in Cologne (Germany). The council will be tasked with working on the proposals for action from the RAEE.
*Emmaus Europe’s annual accounts can be accessed on its website