Our 15th General Assembly gathered our members in Brussels for 2 days on June 13th and 14th. The 2018’s edition marked several important milestones for our constituency: new statutes, renewal of half the board and new financial guidelines, without forgetting the sessions on the EU elections 2019 and the future EU budget (MFF). The discussions were intense but rewarded by a festive celebration moment at the end of the first day.
The statutory sessions
1. NEW BOARD MEMBERS:
Five board members were elected by our General Assembly: Paola Berbeglia from CONCORD Italy (Italian NP), Claire Godfrey from Bond (UK NP), Celine Mias from CARE International, Sigrid Solnik from AKU (Estonian NP) and Els Hertogen from 11.11.11. (CONCORD Belgium – Belgian NP). We are happy to have you on board and we look forward to working together with you!
Five new board members means that some of them were leaving. We would like to thank Farah Nazeer from Bond (UK NP), Rudy de Meyer from 11.11.11. (Belgian NP), Marina Sarli from Hellenic Platform for Development (Greek NP), and Laura Sullivan from ActionAid. Your involvement, contribution and dedication were appreciated. We wish you all the best for your future projects.
2. NEW MEMBERS:
The General Assembly approved the membership of 3 new organisations: HelpAge and Light for the World with full membership and the European Partnership for Democracy as an associate member. Welcome to our family!
3. ANNUAL REPORT 2017:
On the first day of our General Assembly, the General Assembly adopted the CONCORD Annual Report 2017. Inside, you can find an overview of CONCORD activities and successes over 2017, financial information, membership updates and statutory documents.
4. NEW STATUTES FOR OUR CONFEDERATION:
The confederation approved new statutes which will be published soon on the Moniteur Belge. The main changes concern membership and a lot of clarification.
5. FINANCIAL PRINCIPLES:
The confederation also agreed on financial principles to better align our finances with our current strategy.
The family picture 2018
The thematic sessions
1. EUROPE WE WANT:
At the end of the first day, Laura Sullivan, CONCORD leaving Vice-President, moderated an inspiring session on the #EuropeWeWant. During this session, national platforms were invited to present their vision of Europe, coming with a symbolic object. Find out more in the Facebook album where all the pictures of the symbolic objects have been compiled.
2. EUROPEAN ELECTIONS:
The morning of the second day was focusing on the next elections of the European Parliament taking place in May 2019.
The session started with an inspiring panel discussion moderated by Lars Bosselmann, CONCORD Board member, and the following panellists: Stefan Grasgruper-Kerl, co-chair of Hub 4, Magda Stoczkiewicz, from WeMove.eu and Elly Schlein, from the European Parliament. After that, the participants were invited to join working group sessions to discuss specific aspects of a joint CONCORD action ahead of the European Parliament’s elections, analysing more specifically the Communication, Advocacy and Campaign aspects as well as linking EU & national realities.
3. FUTURE EU BUDGET:
As the legal framework of the external instruments of the future EU budget was launched on the exact same day of the General Assembly (see CONCORD’s reaction), we wanted to use this opportunity to raise awareness on the topic among the membership and ask for a collective action.
A breakfast was organised on the second day in the morning allowing all the members to be updated on the MFF process. This was an important moment to collect intelligence and exchange on the different national realities.
Another specific session was also dedicated to the budget focusing on the next steps and ensuring coordination between the different members. This session was concluded with a collective action calling for #Budget4Solidarity.
Twenty eighteen marks the 15th anniversary of our confederation and we celebrated it duly together at the end of the first day. The party started with a Q&A interview with previous Presidents, Director and CONCORD allies, remembering the old days and inspiring us by looking forward into the future (so said our hashtag #TackleTheFuture).
This was followed by a quiz “How well do you know CONCORD?” and we finished the evening with an “hora loca”, dancing and partying. Don’t miss the pictures of this entertaining evening!