Caritas Europa is the regional network of 49 members in 46 countries, which makes it one of the major social actors in Europe. Their activities vary among countries but all share the heartfelt commitment to fight poverty and social exclusion. Caritas Europa promotes true integral human development, social justice and sustainable social systems in Europe and throughout the world. Ahead of the European Parliament elections in May, the organisation has put together an invitation for citizens to recognise the power of their vote on its website. Their call for the next EU institutions is for the leaders to live up to the founding values of the EU: solidarity, democracy, equality, social justice, respect of human dignity and human rights. Some European Parliament candidates have already committed “to leave no one behind” and are now part of the dedicated to the cause photo gallery, which can be viewed at epelections.caritas.eu/sharedvalues/. Caritas Europa wants a social Europe where future EU leaders adopt the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development as the guiding framework for all policies. You can view Caritas Europa website here.
EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy is a non-proﬁt, non-partisan, and independent think-tank focusing on European integration and cohesion. It contributes to democracy, security, stability, freedom, and solidarity across Europe as well as to active engagement of the Czech Republic in the European Union. Each year, EUROPEUM and its partner, the Institute of International Relations, organise the Prague European Summit (PES), an international conference which was established in 2013 to trigger a strategic and open debate on the future of the European Union among high-level political representatives, government officials, business representatives, academicians and journalists from the Czech Republic, EU countries, V4 countries and others. PES will celebrate in 2019 its fifth edition, to be held between the 27th and 29th of May, immediately following the European Parliamentary elections. You can find out more information on EUROPEAN by visiting their website at here.
MEMBERS' WEEK: Profile - Meet Partners Albania for Change and Development ! Partners Albania for Change and Development (PA) is an independent Albanian NGO established in 2001, working to support civil society and facilitate inter-sector cooperation in order to strengthen democratic institutions and advance economic development. The organization has developed extensive capacity in the area of capacity building, research, provision of assistance in personal and institutional development across the sectors including civil society sector, business and governmental sector. The organization’s work is shaped around five programmatic areas: Enabling Environment and Sustainable Development of CSOs; Women and Youth Employment and Increasing Representation in Decision-making; Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility; Transparent and accountable government. For more information visit their website here.
SciFY is an IT SME and a not-for-profit organization that develops cutting-edge information technology systems and freely offers them to all, including the design, implementation details, and the support needed, in order to solve real-life problems. SciFY use their expertise in artificial intelligence and other technologies, and a strong network of collaborators (universities, research institutes, NGOs and companies) to collaboratively produce new solutions. They employ agile development methodologies (scrum) to effectively produce results in a cost-effective manner. Founded in 2012, in crisis-stricken Greece, SciFY has already reached a personnel of 6, a volunteer base of more than 10 people, and some awards, including one from the President of the Hellenic Republic. SciFY’s current Areas of Interest and expertise are: 1. Supporting the civil society 2. eDemocracy 3. Assistive technologies for people with disabilities 4. Artificial intelligence 5. Education and skills development The impact achieved so far is twofold: SciFY’s direct impact has exceeded 50,000 beneficiaries. Yet, since they offer IT solutions, create networks and spread knowledge, the indirect impact is difficult to assess, but it is many times more than the direct impact, since usually a user of our solutions serves hundreds or even thousands of end users. For more…
ECAS' Members Week: meet Democracy International! Democracy International's goals are to give citizens a direct say in political decision-making and to make governments more accountable. We support democracy activists in building their campaigns and share knowledge and expertise on direct democracy. We also campaign for more democracy at the local, national, regional and transnational level. Democracy International is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that was formally established in June 2011 as a registered membership association in Germany but has existed as a loose network of democracy activists since 2002. The headquarters is based in Cologne, Germany. Find more information here! http://democracyinternational.com/
With the aim of reducing the gap between Brussels and its citizens, the newly established HomeParliaments, a project by Pulse of Europe and Democracy International, enables exchanges of information in the privacy of one’s home, and especially an exchange with politics. As of 27 July, one simply has to register via homeparliaments.eu, and become a host of their own HomeParliament. During each round, every host must invite several acquaintances at his/her own house, debate and discuss specific issues, and the results will be delivered to decision-makers! Find more information about the initiative here.
Y Vote aims to encourage young people to make informed choices at the European Parliament elections while increasing their knowledge about topics that are relevant for young Europeans. To reach this goal, seven conventions, corresponding to the topics of the EU Youth Agenda, are organised. Yvote is supported by the following partner organisations: European Youth Forum, Erasmus Student Network, Young European Federalists, MEGA campaign, Polis 180 and European Movement International Participants will learn about the functioning of the EU and discuss how to become active in society. This year, Yvote be in Cluj-Napoca in November on Employment & Entrepreneurship, in Passau in December on Creativity & Culture and in Warsaw on Education & Training. Applications are open - feel free to spread the word!