Wednesday 27 September 2017 , 16.00 – 19.00, Commission Room 2.
The Citizens Lobbying workshop: organised by Alberto Alemanno and The Good Lobby Team
Do you want to make a difference in your community? Join the Citizen Lobbying Workshops to learn how to bring systemic change to your community, be it at the local or transnational level!
If you are an activist, a professional, an academic, or just a concerned citizen, the Workshop will provide you with a unique opportunity to learn how to lobby for good and discover the lobby tools available to you to make meaningful changes in society. If you want to participate your resume to email@example.com and a one-page letter explaining your motivation, past experience in public interest work, and how you intend to use your new skills once back in office.
Friday 1 September 2017 , 13.00 – 15.00, Washington Room.
Lunch-time with Task Force Art.50: The State of Play in Negotiations on European Rights between the EU and the UK
By chance, the second edition of the Summer University on European Citizenship organised by ECIT Foundation in collaboration with the MAI (3o August – 1 Septemeber 2017), has coincided with a new round of negotiations between the EU and the UK, which focused on recognition of professional qualifications, social security and frontier workers.
On this occasion, participants and a wider audience have the opportunity to hear from the Article 50 Task Force where matters stand – Marie Simenson has kindly accepted this invitation. The Position paper transmitted to the UK: essential principles on citizens’ rights by the European Commission (12 June 2017) and the Policy Paper on Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU by the UK Government (26 June 2017) will form the background to the discussion. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the next steps, moderated by Suzana Carp, Board Member of The New Europeans AISBL. The report of the event will be ready soon on ECIT website.
Friday 1 September 2017 , 9.00 – 11.00, Club.
Partner meeting: Optimism – building for Europe! A European House of Citizens?
The invisibility of the European Union in Brussels epitomizes the difficulty of the EU to create a strong identity for its citizens to identify with and be proud of. But the turmoil currently agitating the EU can be seen as an opportunity for a shift in posture: now could be the time for Europe to become visible. European citizenship is not just about law and politics, it also needs symbols – which is where the architects must come in. Just like other professionals they may well have concerns about the state Europe is in and how to bridge the gap between a still grey, distant and institutional seeming Brussels and the citizen. Among all the prestigious buildings for Eurocrats, lobbies and “stakeholders”, where do citizens find their own home? The architects, An Fonteyne, Galaad Van Daele and Priscilla Moreira, propose their different ideas and try to respond to many questions such as how create a citizens house for citizens by citizens? Should such a welcoming structure be available only in Brussels or from anywhere across Europe?
Thurday, 31 August 2017, 18.30 – 20.30, Magistrat Room.
PUBLIC DEBATE – Brexit: Decoupling European Rights from EU Citizenship?
The event BREXIT: Decoupling European Rights from EU Citizenship? takes place at MAI within a three-day Summer University on European Citizenship “Countering threats to European citizenship across borders, reconfiguring its future” organized by the ECIT Foundation (30 August – 1 September 2017). The main focus of this event is to discuss the impact of Brexit on European rights. The panellists are: Rosita Hickey (Head of Strategic Inquiries Unit, European Ombudsman), Richard Corbett, British MEP, S&D; Andrew Duff, Visiting Fellow at European Policy Centre, Jérémie Charles, Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills/ Advisor at The Good Lobby, Delphine Bourgeois, President of the Consultative Council on European Affairs of Ixelles. The debate is moderated by Tony Venables, MAI Director/ECIT Founder.
One year after the UK’s referendum, uncertainty still prevails and there are many questions about how to keep European rights. How many UK citizens are applying for Belgian citizenship? What is going on with demands for naturalisation increasing in other EU countries and in the UK? Are we any wiser about the future of European rights post-BREXIT? What is going on with the European citizens’ initiatives (ECIs) and all the petitions? What about the future of European Citizenship?