EGP Activities Plan 2015

 

Activities Plan 2015

Adopted as amended at the 21st EGP Council, Istanbul, 7-9 November, 2014

 

Introduction

After the successful election campaign in 2014 the Committee will direct its attention to the following priorities in 2015: membership relations, strengthening exchange between member parties, promotion of transnational activities, initiate projects on key topics and for networks and in follow up of the evaluation of the elections a plan that looks into the future with a perspective for 2019, an outlook that combines the development of our policies, strengthening our parties, open up for movements and supporting our politicians.

The draft budget for 2015 has taken into account the planned activities and initiatives you find below.

 

Perspectives for 2019

After the Istanbul Council the Committee will start to work on a strategy for the years leading up to the European Elections in r 2019. The strategy will include an analysis of the election results, a mapping of actors in our political vicinity, an assessment of our strengths, weaknesses and strategic challenges and a work programme to realise the way to the next elections. We will describe ways to strengthen our member parties, to build alliances and develop our political agenda for the future.

 

Political Priorities

The Common Green Manifesto stands as our common cohesive political base for the upcoming years.

Trade will continue to be one of our priorities, we will work on trade issues, most prominently on TTIP (plus CETA plus TISA) with the clear goal of first of all creating transparency, of defeating the corporate agendas and of protecting our values and our standards and defending the democratic right to legislate against investor privileges (ISDS) as we have unanimously agreed in our February Electoral Council. Following the discussions around the EGP Manifesto we will deepen our general orientation with the goal of developing a green trade policy. We will invite member parties to present their input, and on that basis organise a working group that should report back about the results of its work to the Council in 2015. We will cooperate with the Green Group in the European Parliament, the Federation of Young European Greens and civic movements to that end. The EGP will join and actively support the European Citizens’ Initiative “Stop TTIP” that the European Commission is trying to suppress.

We will take up the following new political priorities in the upcoming year (also see annexes):

-  Populism and Right-Wing Extremism

A Working Group will focus on analysing the political situation in those countries that are confronted with Anti-Democratic, anti-European populism. We need to understand and evaluate how these movements are developing and why are successful. The WG will aim to produce a tool box to exchange best practices to successfully counter them and challenge populistic rhetoric and they will prepare a political resolution with the outcome for the spring Council.


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Inclusion

Levels of discrimination, direct or indirect, in European countries towards different groups of people are still too high despite international treaties and legislation approved by most of the countries. We Greens believe that improving and developing different positive measures and actions is the key to make society more inclusive and thus more equal. We should therefore take the lead on positive inclusion measures, and ensure that our structures and processes are as accessible and inclusive as possible.

 

-  Climate Change in view of COP21

As Greens we want to play a vital and visible role in the public discussion around and in the run up towards COP 21 end of 2015 in Paris. The EGP Committee would like to work on a common climate change campaign, to communicate a strong, coherent and united Green message on COP21 and to put Climate Change back on top of the European agenda.

 

-    Better Integration of the EU

Based on an initiative by our member parties LMP and ICV, the Committee proposes an additional new EGP working group on "Better integration" of the EU. The WG will be open to all member parties and is expected to report back to the EGP Council about its work before the end of 2015. The WG will be tasked with trying to analyze the short-comings of the present model of EU integration, taking into account particularly the experience of Southern and Eastern member states, and with proposing ideas regarding an integration approach that would suit EU member states better. The WG will also consider the issue of long-term postponement of debt repayment and a possible European Marshall-Plan supporting green growth in Southern and Eastern Europe. The EGP committee will accept the responsibility of managing the WG, while the work will be based on contributions from member parties. As far as the WG comes up with proposals for new EGP decisions on economic and social policies, these shall be presented to the vote in a Council together with proposals from the GND WG; as far as proposals for new EU decision making processes or new institutional structures are concerned, these will be presented to the vote in a Council together with eventual proposals from the Future of Europe WG.
 

-  The Green New Deal

We want to get the messages that have been produced in the EGP policy papers on the Green New Deal across to the public the EGP member parties. A Working Group would update the policies where necessary and develop concrete tools to spread our common proposals to transform EU policies to a Green economy.

 

-   Gender

The Committee proposes to develop three events until the end of 2015. Following the recent developments in Spain and France, which show that established reproductive rights are not set in stone, the Gender Network would discuss and compare the different legislative realities in Europe. At an event on 8 March, Womens’ Day, co-organised with GGEP, we would like to present the Gender Equality Index (European Institute for Gender Equality), a tool that will help concretely to define further political demands and positions. A workshop at the spring Council will focus on the Gender priorities at the GGEP for this mandate. And we would like to explore the connection between Climate Change and Gender linked to the Climate Change campaign.

 

-   Local Councillors

The EGP Committee would like to plan a Conference on “Green Cities” in 2015; How we act locally to change Europe. We propose a small working group to coordinate the planning of the conference and the development of a resolution on “Green Cities” paper for the Autumn Council.
 

Next to this the Committee will continue the discussion on the future of Europe.

The EGP will facilitate cooperation between the Green Group in the European Parliament and experts from the member parties in order to produce a position paper to assist the member parties in their efforts to raise awareness about and create political pressure in their respective countries regarding the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

To help coordinating common priorities the Committee intends to continue the Green Leaders meetings.

 

Working groups and networks


Further development of key networks

On top of the list is the Local Councillors’ network, a valuable network and a potentially great resource for party support and -building. As mentioned above, the Committee plans a major conference in 2015. Next to this the Committee will engage in discussion with all the networks to develop mid term strategies for the further work and development of the networks.

 

Partners

 

Global Greens

The Committee has proposed a plan for the organisation of the next Global Greens Congress to be decided in the Spring Council of 2015.


FYEG

We continue to work in cooperation with our youth partner. We appreciate the intense level of activities they manage to organise with relative low resources.  The Committee intends to continue efforts for youth participation and keep this as a high political priority for the next year.


GEF

With part of the GEF General Assembly composed of representatives of the Member parties we hope to strengthen the ties between the member parties and the GEF. The Committee particularly welcomes the intention of the GEF to continue its work with the Journal and next to that focus on the Green Academy and is looking forward to cooperate on some of the Committee priorities, like the project on populism and to make use of the valuable research capacity of the GEF when it comes to analysis of Green parties and movements.


Green Group in the European Parliament

The Committee will strive to continue and expand the ever-growing working relationship. In the upcoming year one of the fields of cooperation lies in the campaign for COP21.  The Green Group will decide on its priorities in November. Following these we will further define our fields of cooperation.

 

Membership

 

 

Relations with our Members

The Committee intends to continue to visit member parties. Visits are helpful for getting a better understanding of each party and the political situation, and helping to form a better understanding of the state of play of Green parties in general.


Exchange

The Committee would like to initiate an exchange project for interns and make it possible that people can learn and acquire experiences in other member parties.


Transnational activities and continuing common campaigning

To continue to build upon successful experiences in the campaign the Committee has reserved funding in its budget to be able to contribute to cross border and transnational activities. The Campaign manager, supported by the EGP Office Staff will drive the process an initiate common activities.


Applications

In some countries Green parties have a strong and secured position. In other countries Green parties are subject to new developments and change. Sometimes our partners are surpassed by younger and electorally more attractive parties. The Green brand, our European Green family, needs to strengthen further and the fact that we keep receiving membership applications shows that we are a popular brand to belong to. After the campaign the Committee has taken up the requests that are pending for membership, will continue to do so in 2015 and will allocate more time to actively pursue relations with the Member Parties.


Membership fees and allocation of delegates and votes

The 2009 Autumn Council decided upon a multi-annual framework for membership fees for the period 2009 – 2014. In 2015 we will propose a multi-annual framework for the period 2015 – 2019 on the membership fees, including the build up of the funds at the Spring Council 2015. Within the Fit for the Future project we decided not to discuss the reimbursement rules and the criteria for the membership fees in view of this multi-annual agreement. A working group has been installed by the Committee, consisting of Committee members and the Financial advisors who will prepare a draft proposal for revision for the Spring Council 2015.

 

Organisation

 

Grant application and revision regulation

We expect the revision of the regulation of the financing of European political parties and foundations to be adopted by end 2014. As a consequence new Statutes have to be produced and adopted. Since we have recently adopted new Statutes and are adapting them where necessary at our Councils, this is more a formality then a content change, but nevertheless requires our prompt attention.


EGP Office: Support and communication

Thanks to the EGP Grant the office can remain staffed as proposed and adopted by the Madrid Council. For the purpose of making the best possible use of the experiences in the campaign the Committee would like to continue the engagement with campaign manager Johannes Hillje in the form of a consultancy agreement. The Office will, next, to the support for the Committee and the organisation of the Council, reinforce efforts for common campaigning and transnational activities and will work on the improvement of a common Greens’ identity. The office will continue its efforts towards social media presence and continue the professional support towards this principle.

 

Committee and Council meetings

The Committee proposes a Council on 24-26 April and on 13-15 November 2015. 

In between 8 Committee meetings are organised to manage the party, execute the priorities and prepare the Council. The Committee meetings are scheduled for: 

    • 30-31 January
    • 27-28 February
    • 27-28 March
    • 29-30 May
    • 3-4 July
    • 4-5 September
    • 9-10 October
    • 11-12 December 


The agendas and the minutes are posted on the internal Delegates platform. 

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