The first time I represented my party at an EGP event was in 2001. I was hooked immediately and have been active in our international relations committee, dealing with EGP issues ever since. My experiences with FYEG were even closer, having served as the FYEG fundraiser for two consecutive terms.
In the newly joined Eastern-European nations, including Hungary, green politics have not managed to become a major player in the political debate. To overcome this we need to allow and even encourage diverse ways of articulating the core values and objectives of the Green project. The Green voice needs to be multiple, there needs to be a firm basis of ideology with different ways to communicate it. What works in Amsterdam, may not work in rural Poland. The way we can convince people in Kreuzberg is not the way in which we must attempt to do the same in Istria.
1. Who am I?
- Born in 1958, mother of 3 (23, 25 and 27), I studied and worked as journalist from 1980 to 1989, a native French speaker and fluent in Dutch and English, with notions of German and Spanish.
20 years of Green politics: I have been involved in Green Party politics for nearly 20 years. I first ran for the city council in 1996 as an 18 year old high school student. I was elected then as a deputy city councillor on a platform of doing politics differently. Four years later I became the youngest city council member.
Together with our Green environmental core issues my working fields are defining some major political questions for Europe's future. Find below my core competences
Today, I want to put my experience at the service of the European Green Party and the green movement in Europe. The Green New Deal and the manifesto for the European elections of 2014 are important foundations from where we must now further develop our common green movement.
As your EGP Committee member, I will focus my attention along these following priorities.
I am convinced that the Green struggle needs cooperation at the European and global levels since there are no borders to neither economic nor ecological problems in today’s world. Local, regional and national politics are crucial, but cross-border cooperation strengthens politicians and politics. I think the EGP needs to further enhance and promote the cooperation between politicians at all levels.
More information from Mar Garcia, candidate Secretary General for the EGP Committee 2015-2019.