EFP Newsletter: March 2014 – Get ready to vote!
Coming to an election booth near you…
If you can, please help us succeed in our electoral campaigns throughout Europe by donating through this link. As Harry Stamelos, president of the Greek chapter of the EFP stated: “to unite Europe, we must first join our forces”.
At your doorstep
In cooperation with the liberal and federalist movement NEOS, we will present Bengt Beier as an independent candidate for the European elections in Salzburg.
Our Belgian chapter is running under a joint list with Stand Up for the United States of Europe. 3 EFP candidates currently stand on the list: Pietro De Matteis
Pietro De Matteis, EFP co-president, and Sophie also made appearances on “Radio X”, “Radio BXFM” and “Ligue des Optimistes” to talk about the European elections. You can download their intervention as a podcast here. ?You can also follow Pietro’s campaign here.
Our campaign in Belgium alone has drawn close to 10000 signatures in Wallonia! The launching event is scheduled for April 2nd, and everyone is welcome! If you’d like to learn how you can participate and help us in the elections in Belgium, please get in touch with our national coordinator Roberto Mongiovi!
On February 2nd and 3rd, the French chapter of the EFP announced in Strasbourg that it will present candidates both to the municipal elections on March 23rd and to the European Parliament elections in May, across all regional constituencies. For more information, please see the press release here.
For more details and day-to-day updates on our local activities in Italy, please check our Italian Facebook page.
Our German chapter is supporting Stimme für Europa (SfE) in the coming elections. The EFP is also running a campaign entitled “Europe, mon amour: say yes to Europe, because Europe is our future.” Counterbalancing the growing danger of right-wing populists, it aims at encouraging citizens to show their commitment to a common European goal with heart and passion, above party boundaries, outside of politics and independently of any institution and administration. A tolerant, modern and solidary Europe!
Upon the holding of its first extraordinary convention on February 15th in Xylokastro, our Greek chapter announced its participation in an election coalition with Drassi. The President of Drassi – Theodoros Skylakakis (MEP) – stated:
The Portuguese section will be presenting candidates under a joint list with Paulo Casaca (PDA, former MEP) entitled “A Nossa Europa”. You can see the video of the presentation of our list this past week here.
As of January 7th, José Almeida was elected as new coordinator for the chapter. We have also started a new series of “Café Europa” open fora to discuss the development of a federal state and European issues at large. The first session was held in Lisbon on February 20th, and the second in Porto on March 10th. There will be another meeting in Coimbra on March 27th.
In other campaigns
On February 19th, the campaign “Europeans for Fair Roaming” initiated by Bengt Beier, one of the co-founders of the EFP and our candidate for the upcoming elections in Austria, won the European Public Affairs Award as “Best campaign of the year”.
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