Commons Network launches manifesto Democratise Europe Now

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In May, hundreds of millions of Europeans will vote for a new European Parliament. The incoming Members of the European Parliament will move to Brussels during a crucial moment in EU-history. That is why a coalition of organisations that work towards a more democratic society, are making themselves heard.

Commons Network, Democracy International, European Alternatives, European Democracy Lab, Netwerk Democratie, Waag invite everyone to “Let's Democratise Europe!” They write: “This moment in Europe’s history offers many challenges, but it also gives us a chance to make a real difference.”

The manifesto will be updated regularly in order to formulate a set of calls for EU leaders. Find the manifesto here.

Cultural and Creative Sectors' Call to Boost Creative Europe

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Dear Members of the European Parliament,

We are writing as a group of 59 organisations from across the cultural and creative sectors ahead of today's vote of the Budget committee on the next EU Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027.

We welcome the report's proposal to increase the Creative Europe budget to €2.8bn, and call on you to support this much needed boost to the only EU programme dedicated to cultural and creative sectors.

This ambition is shared by MEP Costa in her report on Creative Europe, as well as by MEP Grammatikakis in his report on a New European Agenda for Culture

As it is now well established, culture and creativity are among Europe’s strongest assets. Their contribution to the social, economic and artistic development of Europe fully justifies the added value of an EU investment in culture. 

But these sectors remain structurally underfinanced. As highlighted in the impact assessment accompanying the investEU proposal, the financing gap for creative SMEs and micro organisations across Europe is estimated to be somewhere between €8bn and €13bn.

At 0,16% of the MFF, the Creative Europe budget is by no means proportionate to these sectors' contribution, and the programme has very low success rates. 

We hope we can count on you to support the proposed increased budget for Creative Europe.

Yours sincerely,

The undersigned organisations:

ACCR Europe (Réseau Européen des Centres culturels de rencontre)

AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen)

AER (Association of European Radios)

Circostrada (European Network Circus and Street Arts)

CEPI (European Coordination of Independent Producers)

CEPIC (Centre of the Picture Industry)

Culture Action Europe

EAS (European Association for Music in schools)

ECF (European Cultural Foundation)

Europavox

European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

ECCD (European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity)

ECCO (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers' Organisations)

ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation)

ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance)

EFAITH (European Federation of Associations for Industrial and Technical Heritage)

EFFORTS (European Federation of Fortified Sites)

EHTTA (European Historic Thermal Towns Association)

EIBF (European and International Booksellers Federation)

EJN (Europe Jazz Network)

ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts)

EMC (European Music Council)

EMEE (European Music Exporters Exchange)

EMU (European Music School Union)

ENCATC (European Network on Cultural Management and Policy)

Europa Nostra, coordinator of the European Heritage Alliance 3.3

Eurosonic Noorderslag

Eurozine (European network of cultural journals and online magazine)

ERIH European Route of Industrial Heritage

ETC (European Theatre Convention)

EUYO (European Union Youth Orchestra)

EWC (European Writers' Council)

FEP (Federation of European Publishers)

FIA (International Federation of Actors)

FIAD (International Federation of Film Distributors' Associations)

FIM (Fédération Internationale des Musiciens)

FSE (Federation of Screenwriters in Europe)

GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers)

IAMIC (International Association of Music Information Centres)

IAO (International Artist Organisation)

IFLA Europe (International Federation of Landscape Architects Europe)

IGCAT (International Institute for Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism)

IMMF (International Music Managers Forum)

IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association)

IMPF (Independent Music Publishers International Forum)

INES (Innovation Network of European Showcases)

ISFE (Interactive Software Federation of Europe)

JMI (Jeunesses Musicales International)

Live DMA (European network for music venues and festivals)

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NEMO (Network of European Museum Organisations)

On the Move (Cultural Mobility Information Network)

Pearle* (Live Performance Europe)

Res Artis (Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies)

Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network

SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe)

TEH (Trans Europe Halles)

UNIC (International Union of Cinemas)

UNI MEI (UNI global union - Media and Entertainment International)

A Time to Stand Together

The Central European University, image from their  website

The Central European University, image from their website

Last week the Central European University in Budapest announced it would partially relocate to Vienna given the Hungarian government’s unyielding hostility to civil society and academic freedom.  Around the world, civil society including academics, journalists and philanthropists, courageously pursue their mission, often at great personal cost.

We are a group of leaders of private philanthropic foundations committed to strong and vibrant civil society. A healthy, functioning democracy depends on it.  

 We condemn the violence directed to civil society activists globally. We deplore the growing climate of fear and intolerance in which civil society is publicly demonized, physically threatened and administratively shut down.

 We stand side by side with our civil society peers.

 Civil society is an essential pillar of democracy. Without it, our democracy is diminished.

 We are proud to support it. We stand ready to defend it.

 

Signatories:

1.       Max von Abendroth, Executive Director, Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe DAFNE, EU

2.       Dr. Knut Olav Åmås, Executive Director, The Fritt Ord Foundation, Norway

3.       Antti Arjava, Secretary General, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Finland

4.       Andre Betting, Executive Director, Van Leer Group Foundation, the Netherlands

5.       Göran Blomquist, Executive Director, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, Sweden

6.       Sanne ten Bokkel Huinink, Director, Fonds 1818, the Netherlands

7.       James Chen, Chair, the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, Hong-Kong

8.       Kathleen Cravero, President, Oak Foundation, Switzerland

9.       Dr. Lothar Dittmer, Chairman of the Executive Board, Körber-Stiftung, Germany

10.   Adriana Esmeijer, Director, Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation, the Netherlands

11.   Michael Feigelson, Executive Director, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, the Netherlands

12.   Rosa Gallego, Executive Director, Spanish Association of Foundations, Spain

13.   Carrillo Gantner AO, Chairman, Sidney Myer Fund, Australia

14.   Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment of Democracy, USA

15.   Prof. dr. Michael Göring,  Zeit Foundation, Germany

16.   Sandro Giuliani, Managing Director, Jacobs Foundation, Switzerland

17.   Stephen Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, USA

18.   Mall Hellam, Executive Director, Open Estonia Foundation, Estonia

19.   Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations, South Africa

20.   Dr. Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation, Germany

21.   Massimo Lappuci, General Secretary Fondazione CRT, Italy

22.   Peter Laugharn, President and CE, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, USA

23.   Sara Llewellin, Chief Executive, Barrow Cadbury Trust, United Kingdom

24.   Bharat Mehta CBE,Chief Executive,Trust for London, United Kingdom

25.   Benoît Miribel, General Director,  Fondation Merieux, France

26.   Ieva Morica, Executive director, Foundation for an Open Society DOTS, Latvia

27.   Isabel Mota, President, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal

28.   Anke Pätsch, Association of German Foundations, Germany

29.   Joanna Luberadzka-Gruza, President, Polish Donors Forum, Poland

30.   Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice-President of Programs, Ford Foundation, USA

31.   Nick Perks, Trust Secretary, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, United Kingdom

32.   Sigrid Rausing, President, Sigrid Rausing Trust, United Kingdom

33.   Ebrima Sall, Executive Director, TrustAfrica, Senegal

34.   Dr. Gerry Salole, CEO, European Foundation Center, Belgium

35.   Göran Sandberg,  Executive Director, Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse, Sweden

36.   Teresa Sanjurjo, Director, The Princess of Asturias Foundation, Spain

37.   Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlüter, Secretary General, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Germany

38.   Michael Schwarz, Executive Director, Mercator Foundation, Germany

39.   Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, United Kingdom

40.   Aleksander Smolar, President, Stefan Batory Foundation, Poland

41.   Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Executive Director, Maecenata Foundation, Germany

42.   Luc Tayart de Borms,  Managing Director, King Bauduoin Foundation, Belgium

43.   Roxana Vitan, President, Romanian-American Foundation, Romania

44.   Mr. Dimitris Vlastos, The Bodossaki Foundation, Greece

45.   Katherine Watson, Executive Director, European Cultural Foundation, the Netherlands