Action's plan 2004 by WesleyL


									                                      Action's plan 2004
                                                                                       PRESIDENCY GROUP

European Elections
Topic : A strong Europe for the development cooperation
        Sub topics : quantity of aid, quality of aid, coherence of aid

Means and calendar
The Presidency group works closely with the members and the Working Group FfD (Millenium goals), FDR
(financial perspectives/EDF), Future of Europe (Constitution), and Enlargement while choosing the themes to
be defended.
     Phase 1 (December 2003 - March 2004): intensive advocacy at EU and national levels (Adhesion
      countries included) on the structure of the Commission and the European Parliament's committees.
      Contact with the candidates running for the elections that might be interest in development or external
      affairs, meetings with governments and parties regarding IGC, choice of the Commissioners and

    Phase 2 (March - June 2004) Conclusion of IGC work and run-up to the elections. Analyse of the
     impact of the IGC on development issues and EU institutions. Participation at the Act4Europe
     campaign and first tool kit. Lobbying of the governments concerning the first proposal of nomination of
     the Commissioners, contact with the candidates running for the elections that might be interest in
     development or external affairs by sending the manifesto, using the tool kits and bi-lateral meetings.
     Public campaign targeting the programmes of the candidates MEPs at the national level (Press
     releases and conference). Media/public work to supplement the manifesto on the theme of "human
     security / democratic and 'developmental' accountability of ESDP/CFSP as well as EC dev co-
     operation". This would complement the Irish platform's human security theme and event on conflict
     resolution. It could take the form of a CONCORD media briefing and press conference

    Phase 3 (June-December 2004) Post-elections: analyse of the results of the elections, lobbying of the
     governments concerning the final nomination of the Commissioners, lobbying of the MEP to make them
     register in Development, Trade, Agriculture, Budget or Foreign Affairs Committees + in-depth
     information on what the civil society stands for (with Act4 Europe). Analyse of the constitution of the
     new Commission and the cabinets. Awareness raising and education activities primarily targeted at
     new representatives of the EU institutions. Analyse of the work program of the Commission and
     building up of a NGO strategy for 2005.

The steering group of the Presidency group will prepare draft letters, press releases, etc where appropriate,
as a resource for other platforms and networks.

The aim is to link the 4 forthcoming Presidencies (Irish, Dutch, Luxembourg, UK) together by taking over key
topics from one Presidency to another one. Apart from the national issues, European issues interesting most
of the NGOs will be identified by the consultation of CONCORD members. Once done, these issues will be
add to the program of the NP Presidency that will try to have it put on the Agenda of the European Council
with the help of all CONCORD members (lobbying national governments).

The Presidency' national platform will prepare draft letters, press releases, etc where appropriate, as a
resource for other platforms and networks.

Irish Presidency
Topic : Human Security :
    Concerned with safeguarding and expanding people's fundamental freedoms.
    Focused as much on protecting people from risks and pervasive threats, as well as growth with
    Focused on individuals and communities, not just states.
    Built on globally accepted Human Rights concepts
            Concerned with the linkages between domestic Human Rights violations and (inter)national

    The six priority lobby areas are:
     Human Rights
     Right to Income: Trade
     Right to Health: HIV/AIDS
     Right to Participate: Participation
     Right to Develop: Financing for Development
     Rule of Law: EU commitment to Multilateralism

Means :
    Letters to the National Government and the Irish Presidency: before the EU meeting. Individual
       platforms and networks may be in a position to engage their member organisations in such action.

            Press Release: raising public awareness of the problem, and strengthening the mandate.

            Press advertisement: Those platforms or networks who are in a position to do so are invited to
             engage their members in taking out a joint newspaper advertisement on the day of the Informal
             GAERC in Tullamore, Ireland.

February 23-24 : „Dublin Declaration on Partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia‟ to
                   emanate from the conference on same.
                   The aim is to introduce specific measures and elements of global solidarity to the
April 16-17 :            Informal GAERC: Barcelona Commitments To take place in Tullamore, Ireland.
                         The objective is that each member state would specify a policy by which it will reach the
                         imminent Barcelona Commitments.

April 22                 Dutch platform conference on the impact of enlargement on EU development policy.
                         Den Hague.
May 30 :                 Dóchas Enlargement seminar to welcome the New States members, Dublin
June 1                   Informal Development Ministers Meeting
                         „Make Trade work for Development‟ that Ministers look beyond aid programmes and
                         projects to wider cooperation measures.
                         This will be the first Development Ministers meeting post Enlargement. The Irish
                         Presidency has expressed openness to what issues will be considered at the meeting.
                         Our aim is that the meeting will include a declaration which emphasises that
                         development cooperation is not just about aid projects, but also introduces New Member
                         States (and old) to coherence principles.

Dutch Presidency
    Topics :

                   EU development policy in general
                   Social and cultural rights
                   Impact of enlargement
                   EU and Nepad
                   EU and health reproductive rights
                   Coherency of EU policy
                   EU representation at GATS
                   EU-Child rights
                   Corporate Social Responsibility &EU

                  A series of public conferences in 2004 with NGO-representatives, partners from the South,
                   politicians, academics and EU-representatives. Each conference will be organised by a “lead
                   agency” NGDO from the network.
                  Co-operation with NGDO‟s in other EU countries
                  Establishment of an NGDO troika (Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxemburg)
                  A Dutch NGDO-EU Presidency Development website
                  A NGO-EU a mailing list
                  Organisation of a Development Education Forum
                  Publicity campaign in various newspapers
                  Folders and other publications including the EU-NGO logo as well as the names of the
                   participating NGDO‟s and networks.
                  An external PR advisory bureau to ensure media attention for each event.

    Calendar 2004

                    jan     feb        march april may june   july    aug     sept       okt.       nov       dec

conferences                        1             2       3                           4          5         6         7

publications        x       x                x       x                        x          x          x         x

public event

local activities

 Conference 1: Common campaign launch in Maastricht: European Development policy and human rights,
  18 March 2004

 Conference 2: The impact of the enlargement on the development cooperation policy.
  22 April, 2004, The Hague

 Conference 3: EU and the New Partnership for Africa‟s Development (NePAD) - 19 May 2004,

 Conference 4: Europe and Health Care/Reproductive Rights-9 September 2004, Utrecht

 Conference 5: Coherence of European Policies towards the South-8 October 2004, The Hague

 Conference 6: GATS and Dutch and EU Development Policies -11 November 2004, Amsterdam

 Conference 7: Joint concluding international symposium in Rotterdam - 1-2 December 2004, The Hague.
  It will gather NGO‟s from the South, European Council, CONCORD and DG Development
  representatives as well as MP‟s and MEP‟s . The aim is to summarize the conclusions of the previous
  debates and present a series of recommendations supported by European NGDO‟s on EU development

 The campaign "Stop Child Labour: School is the Best place to Work" is a joint campaign of three
  Alliance 2015 members Hivos (The Netherlands), Concern (Ireland) and DWHH (Germany) in
  cooperation with the Dutch organisation the Dutch Indian Committee, The Dutch Trade Union and the
  Dutch Teachers Union. The campaign seeks to contribute to the eradication of child labour by ensuring
  provision of elementary education for all children working as labourers, by 2015. The theme of child
  labour will be brought into the Irish residency already in the first half of 2004 through Concern (Ireland).

 Public event: EU and Corporate Social Responsibility: The European Multistakeholder Forum on
  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), an initiative of the European Commission, will come to
  conclusions and adopt its report in June/July 2004. The Netherlands ministry of Economic Affairs is
  considering the possibility of organising a conference on CSR during the Dutch presidency. In between
  those events, a public event on CSR will be organized aimed at the wider public. What is corporate
  social responsibility? What should be the role of governments in promoting C
Luxemburg Presidency
   A. Thème Central : Pour une agriculture paysanne en Europe et au delà
   Plateforme nationale des acteurs dans le domaine de l‟agriculture, Réunion entre paysans du Sud, du
   Nord et des responsables politiques, Préparation des Positions Internationales en vue de réunions OMC
   et NU et de documents de travail de l‟UE
    B. Le renforcement de la coopération dans l’UE des 25 : Rencontre entre Est et Ouest, Événement
       inter-gouvernemental et inter-ONG
    C. Thèmes annexes : Selon l‟actualité : Kosovo ?, Réunion à mi-parcours sur les Millenium Goals,
       Réunion Bejing plus 10, perspectives financières ( à compléter par les membres de CONCORD)

Moyens :

A.Thème Central : Pour une agriculture paysanne en Europe et au-delà
 Constituer les réseaux nécessaires pour que tous les acteurs de la société civile puissent mettre en
   place un forum de rencontre et de discussion qui leur permette de se concerter en vue de positions
   communes dans le cadre de la politique agricole européenne. Afin de mettre en place ce forum, il
   faudrait recourir à l‟expertise acquise en France par la plateforme française.
   Réunion entre paysans du Sud, du Nord et des responsables politiques : Au cours des premiers mois de
    l‟année 2005 devrait se tenir une réunion internationale avec quelques représentants de paysans
    d‟Afrique (de l‟ouest), du Brésil et de l‟Inde afin de discuter avec le forum mis en place et des
    responsables politiques du Luxembourg et de l‟UE (commission et parlement) sur l‟avenir de
    l‟agriculture. Cette réunion devrait se faire sur deux jours et prévoir différents ateliers thématiques :
    protection des marchés et accès aux marchés, prix rémunérateurs, financement de l‟économie
    agricole… Afin que cet événement soit bien préparé, nous devrons recourir à l‟expertise et aux contacts
    des réseaux français et belges.
   Préparation des Positions Internationales en vue de réunions OMC et NU et de documents de travail de
    l‟UE : A partir de 2005, un certain nombre de sujets plus particuliers doivent être préparés en commun
    avec les réseaux européens et luxembourgeois afin de pouvoir influencer les politiques européennes.

B. Thème secondaire : Le renforcement de la coopération dans l’UE des 25
 Rencontre entre Est et Ouest : Pour ce faire, l‟idée est née d‟inviter au Luxembourg des représentants
   ONG et gouvernementaux de deux pays des dix nouveaux et de leur faire découvrir les mécanismes de
   la coopération luxembourgeoise.. Un premier contact a été fait avec Trialog afin que celui-ci participe
   très activement à la réalisation de ce projet.
   Événement inter-gouvernemental et inter-ONG : Le cas échéant, il faudrait situer la rencontre B.1. en
    proximité avec un conseil des ministres qui se tiendra au Luxembourg, afin de mettre en relation le volet
    plus technique de la coopération avec le volet politique.

C. Thèmes annexes : Selon l’actualité
   Le Cercle de Coopération luxembourgeois se fera également le messager des réseaux et plateformes
   européennes pour des sujets d‟actualité qui se présentent pendant les 6 mois de la présidence
   luxembourgeoise et qui doivent être transmises aux instances luxembourgeoises, Président du Conseil

    Kosovo : En 2005 devrait voir une décision quant au statut final du Kosovo. Ce sujet sera traité par la
    Caritas luxembourgeoise.

    Réunion à mi-parcours sur les Millenium Goals : En septembre 2005 se tiendra une réunion d‟évaluation
    des efforts entrepris pour atteindre les millenium goals des Nations Unies. Cette réunion se tiendra à
    New York, éventuellement en marge de l‟assemblée générale des Nations Unies. Une préparation devra
    se faire aux niveaux des pays membres et également au niveau de l‟UE (par rapport aux engagements
    pris pour augmenter l‟APD de l‟UE.)
    Ce sujet est également traité par la Caritas, peut-être que d‟autres acteurs vont s‟y joindre.

    Réunion Bejing plus 10 : Le Ministère de la Promotion féminine a prévu d‟organiser en 2005 une réunion
    follow up de la conférence de Bejing sur le rôle des femmes (1995). A voir à quel point, les ONG
    luxembourgeoises et européenne vont s‟impliquer dans ce sujet.

    Sujets selon l‟actualité : perspectives financiers, autres ….

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