"...in order to recreate constantly the world, we need to cooperate, we need to work together. There is no other way." 

Silke Helfrich is an author and independent activist of the Commons and is founding member of Commons Strategies Group as well as the editor of several books on the Commons. On 23 April, she gave the keynote speech at ECF's Towards a European 'Mienskip': A Public Debate about the Future of Citizens in Europe. 

ECF mourns the continuous loss of life at the Mediterranean Sea which has sadly reached another peak last weekend. We commemorate those who have tragically perished at the Southern borders of Europe and express our deepest sympathy with those women, men and children who are still suffering at sea at this very moment. 

On the occasion of the EU emergency summit in Brussels, ECF calls for a courageous leap forward towards taking measures which truly reflect our humanitarian values and solidarity as Europeans.  


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ECF, Kunsten ’92 and Buma Stemra have issued a letter, endorsed by Europa Nostra and European Alternatives that will be discussed at the Tweede Kamer at the Culture Committee on 30 April 2015 as part of the next Council meeting on Culture. 

In addition, in the frame of the Latvian Presidency of the EU, ECF has also signed a letter issued by a European research alliance. You can download both letters from our Library.