A group of organisations representing civil society, trade unions, business, local authorities and companies presented a new multi-stakeholder alliance named ALL at a conference today in Brussels. The alliance has been established to campaign in favour of European cooperation and democracy at a time when both are challenged.
ALL is bringing together different sides of European society as part of a diverse and inclusive campaign in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in 2019. Through a network of national partners, ALL will endevour to offer millions of Europeans a better chance to discuss and influence politics through democratic dialogue.
ALL was initiated by the European Movement International, working in partnership with the following organisations:
Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, an ALL partner, explains: “The European Union is built on the values of democracy and freedom. BusinessEurope has supported the European project since the very beginning. There is no freedom of enterprise without free thinking and true democracy. Engaging in the debate on the future of Europe and working in partnership with ALL reflects this conviction”.
Mr. Luca Vincentini, Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation, says he is convinced that there is a profound need for a new kind of cooperation between all sides of society to defend and strengthen the great values on which Europe is built: democracy, human rights, freedom of speech and the rule of law: “We have joined the alliance because we want to engage our members in a debate on the future of Europe, which is open, inclusive and transcends sectoral lines and national interests.”
The Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau, Mr. Jeremy Watts, has chosen to become a member of ALL because of the difficulties Europe is facing:
“Europe is faced with a multitude of challenges so this is the time to defend European democracy and cooperation. There is no other way than working closely together. We want to make Europe more connected and empower Europeans to take part in the debate on Europe’s future”.
Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General of the European Movement International, says:
“There is most certainly a need for Europeans from all walks of life to come together and stand up for democracy right now. Just a month ago, an online survey showed that fewer than half of 6,000 young people aged between 16 and 26 from seven EU countries – all home to large populist movements — believed that democracy was the best form of government. This clearly demonstrates the need to talk with people about why Europe, and European democracy, is more needed than ever.”
“We have come together to build a campaign that will foster democracy in action. We want to give people across Europe a chance to engage. We believe that by fostering democratic debate on the issues that matter to our fellow Europeans, we can make them part of the decisions that affect them ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections.”
Christoph Neumayer, Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV), partner of ALL:
“Austrian industry has always been a pioneer of European integration. Especially since 1995, when Austria joined the European Union, our country has written a remarkable success story: United Europe worked und still works as driving force for more prosperity, more jobs and a higher social level. However, Europe is much more: Its core values, democracy, human rights and freedom, are the base for economic success and should be seen as a global role model. But it must be clear that we have to improve our Europe every single day – for this we need an intensified debate on the future of Europe.”
For more details (including our mission statement) please go to www.allfordemocracy.eu