Joining forces - solidarity and cooperation as the way forward
NGOs and civil movement groups are the backbone of our democratic society. When people come together they organically influence their surroundings, their society, their neighborhood and can produce powerful transformative influence to change Europe for the better.Sustainable change can only grow from collaborative action from grassroots social movements to change in policies at the top (bottom-up).
Looking towards the future, we must ask ourselves: how can we build a Europe based on tolerance and respect, where diversity is cherished? How should Europe take care of its citizens, especially the most vulnerable members of the society? What determined actions should Europe take to lead the way towards the green transformation and fight against climate change?
In the closing plenary of the 29th EGP Council, the newly elected Leading Candidates will take the floor with the representatives of civil society to engage in a dialogue on how our cooperation and mutual support can build a better today, not just tomorrow.
Helmut Asche, Professor University of Mainz, Department of Anthropology and African Studies
Prof Dr Helmut Asche is an economist and sociologist. Career development:
Inter alia, he sits on the scientific advisory board of the German-African business association.
Member of the German Green Party since 1981.
Fieke Jansen, PhD candidate at the Data Justice Lab, Cardiff University
Fieke Jansen is a PhD candidate at the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University. She is interested in re-politicizing data and technology, by understanding it’s historical, social, cultural and political context in Europe. Her research focuses on the impact of implementing data driven decision making in European police forces on marginalized communities. Prior to starting her PhD, Fieke worked at Tactical Tech, a Berlin based NGO, as the project lead for their Politics of Data programme. At the Dutch Development organization, Hivos, the intersection of human rights, internet and freedom of expression
Jay Tompt, Coordinator, Totnes REconomy Project and associate lecturer in Economics, Plymouth University
Jay is a co-founder, Totnes REconomy Project and associate lecturer in economics at Plymouth University. Jay co-developed the Transition Network REconomy Project’s Local Economic Blueprint course and handbook, co-founded the REconomy Centre, developed the Local Entrepreneur Forum model. He also developed a university module on ‘Citizen-led Economics’. He also helped establish the international REconomy Community of Practice, speaking and leading workshops in Europe, USA and Asia. Jay holds an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA in Philosophy from San José State University. He’s also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Evgenia Giakoumopoulou, Board member of EL*C and co-founder of ACCESS
Evgenia Giakoumopoulou is human rights lawyer, Board member of the European Lesbian* Conference and a co-founder of ACCESS. Evgenia was the programme advisor of the Council of Europe’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity until July 2018, and currently works on the monitoring of the Council of Europe’s Anti-trafficking Convention. She has previous experience with Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists on their Europe-oriented advocacy and litigation work, and served in 2013-2014 as an Appeals Committee member with the Greek Asylum Service carrying out refugee status determination. She has researched and co-authored several publications on migrants’ rights, internal displacement and torture prevention, including for the Council of Europe. Evgenia has been actively involved in national human rights movements in France and Greece since 2013. She holds a Masters in Criminal Law from Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) and LL.M. in the International Law of Human Rights and Criminal Justice from the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM).
Johan Langerock, Oxfam International, EU Policy Advisor
Johan Langerock has been following EU and OECD tax policies and processes for the last 4 years, focusing on corporate tax avoidance, tax havens, harmful tax practices and the BEPS process.
Since 2017, Johan has been working for Oxfam as a tax and inequality policy advisor. He has led work on fighting tax evasion and avoidance, with the aim of increasing financial resources for public services in developing countries, such as health and education, to tackle inequality. In particular he has done research on tax havens, co-authoring the latest Oxfam report on this topic Blacklist or Whitewash. Johan is currently also working on specific projects to mobilise domestic resources in West-Africa.
Prior to Oxfam, Johan gained experience at the EU Delegation in Laos and as an International Tax and Transfer Pricing consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has a Masters in Law and a postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy.
- Elected Leading Candidate
- Elected Leading Candidate
Evelyne Huytebroeck, Committee Member of the European Green Party (Belgium)
Evelyne is member of the Brussels Parlement and local councillor in Forest one of the 19 municipality in the Brussels region. She is member of the environment and urban planning commissions in the Parlement.
- Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, Committee Member of the European Green Party (France)