Candidate: Dániel Fehér
Committee position: Member
Nominating party: LMP, Hungary
Supported by the Green parties of: Albania**, Austria, Belgium-GROEN, France, Poland
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LMP letter of support here.
In the following lines, I would like to present my main ideas for the next EGP Committee. You can read more in detail about them, about me, and my background in my letter of motivation.
Being part of the LMP-story has been a unique, exciting, and inspiring life experience for me. It has proven to all sceptics that even in a country that has generally been regarded as lost cause for the Green movement, it is indeed possible to set up a successful Green party from practically nothing. Given the solidarity and support we experienced from our European Green friends, both the party and I feel the obligation to feed back our success as a learning experience to the European Green family.
As a member of the EGP Committee, I want to support the EGP's transformation towards a real pan-European political party – in particular by helping it to develop a much stronger standing in Central and South Eastern Europe. I truly believe that European Greens need to find solutions equally appealing to voters across the continent. Only when there are strong, serious, and committed Green parties covering regions across all of Europe can we have a chance in impacting local policy, and transforming the European Union and its neighbours into a more likeable, sustainable, and democratic society.
The European dream has been severely disturbed. European integration has lost momentum, and the path towards the “Promised Land” is in question. We, as Greens, will have to work on a new pact with the European citizens. Our job is to force Europe's elites into an open debate with citizens to rethink the ways we deal with each other, the ways we use to do business, the way we exploit our natural resources.
The renewal of Europe has to begin with a learning process. We need an open discussion that allows us to understand each other's situations and interests. We need this discussion in Europe, but first we need this discussion within the European Green Party.
What does this mainly mean for the direction of the EGP in the coming years?
- We have to continue and speed up efforts of transforming what started as a loose network of likely minded national parties into a truly united European Party. We also need to maintain our ability to bring in new, progressive, transformative ideas into the political debate.
- We should build a stronger connection between the policy-making bodies of our member parties and the EGP working groups. We should focus resources by improving the cooperation with the Green Group in the EP, including its MEPs and policy advisors.
- We have to improve our internal communication system, ensuring that the responsible experts within the member parties are always up to date on the discussion within the EGP on their respective policy fields.
- We need a transformation of the EGP’s internal communication system: from the existing predominantly vertical layout towards a more horizontal connection system.
- Regional cooperations deserve much more attention, encouragement, and resources from the EGP's side than presently.
Enabling a process that allows us learning from and helping each other requires rethinking the EGP's communication strategy and directing most of the resources available into developing internal communications. It is important for member parties to know what kind of activities and developments are of transnational interest, and most notably who are the right contact points for policy and organisational issues.
I see my role in the next Committee as a facilitator of this learning process, and on the other hand as a credible voice for Europe's periphery, especially of the Central-East European region. Given my excellent contacts to Central-Eastern and South-Eastern European Greens, and my intensive involvement in LMP's activities, I will ensure that those issues and strategies that can make Greens successful in European countries with mixed occidental and oriental cultural heritages, as well as with the still influential legacy of Soviet economies are taken into account in developing the Green vision and strategies for Europe.
All in all, I would like to work in a proactive, imaginative EGP Committee in order to make the Green family more united and more visible on the European level, as well as more credible on Europe's Eastern and Southern periphery. I am convinced that this is the only path towards a more united, more sustainable, and more democratic Europe.
With humble greetings,