Our 16th General Assembly gathered our members in Brussels for 2 days on June 12th and 13th. In a challenging global context where inequalities are constantly increasing, our members jointly exchanged on political priorities and decided on the fair way forward for our confederation.
The statutory sessions
1. NEW BOARD MEMBERS:
Our General Assembly elected 4 board members. Delphine Moralis from Terre des Hommes International Federation and Javier Garcia from ActionAid International were newly elected. Stefan Cibian from FOND Romania (Romanian National Platform) was elected after being coopted in the board as treasurer for a year. Floris Faber from ACT Alliance EU was re-elected for a second mandate. We are happy to welcome you and we look forward to working together with you!
We would like to thank Lars Bosselman from CBM International whose mandate has finished and Sigrid Solnik from AKÜ (Estonian National Platform) who stepped down. 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: Women in Europe for a Common Future (known as WECF) and Sightsavers with full membership as well as the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as associate member. Welcome to our family!
3. ANNUAL REPORT 2018:
On the first day of our General Assembly, the General Assembly adopted the CONCORD Annual Report 2018. The report includes our biggest achievements and reports on the main statutory elements needed for a transparent and accountable constituency (financial information, membership updates and statutory documents).
The thematic sessions
The General Assembly is a yearly opportunity for our members to exchange and reinforce each other’s expertise on specific topics. This time, we asked them to reflect on our 6-year strategy, being exactly halfway through its implementation, and examine where we stand with our change objectives. To get prepared, we organised an inspiring workshop on the current political context of Europe and the world. Eamonn Noonan from the European Parliament was invited to share his thoughts on “the role of Europe in a changing global context”. This session was followed by an analysis of the EP elections’s results and our confederation’s next steps. This reflection was enhanced with the input of Tim Jackson, economist and expert on prosperity without growth, sharing his view on power structures and inequalities (video coming soon).
Only one thing can stop growing inequality, he said, changing the structure of the economy. Government regulation is vital to give us back social justice.
Members were then invited to a walking dinner focusing on the future EU budget (MFF) during which CONCORD’s leading group presented its successes and revealed the crucial next steps for our confederation for what concerns the NDICI.
The second day was entirely dedicated to examining what impact and relevance mean for our confederation in the framework of the mid-term review of our strategy. By collecting ideas and opinions on the implementation of our strategy, this 2-day GA gave us a sense on what our members want to focus on next, what we have to prioritise and what is the “Fair Way Forward”.