New Europeans celebrates its 7th anniversary today
We would like to start by thanking our members, our stakeholders and all the wonderful people and organizations we have worked through over these 7 years to establish New Europeans as a valued and impactful partner in the community of civil society organizations in Europe.
Our mission today is a vital as it was when we started out in 2013: to assert our rights as European citizens and by so doing, defend and extend those rights, to give EU citizens a voice, and to work for a Europe of citizens, a democratic Europe of equality and social justice, anchored in human rights in which each and everyone of us can say "I belong".
Each year we choose a different way to mark the occasion and as this year is a year of great crisis for Europe and the world, we have decided to do so in 2020 in a very special way.
18 June 2020, is also the 80th anniversary of the Appel from London by General de Gaulle.
Two days previously the French Government had capitulated to the Nazi regime but de Gaulle rallied the free French, and saved the honour of France by continuing to prosecute the war and ultimately join the victorious allies on the side of freedom, the right side of history.
Today that Call to Europe must be made again, not just by our leaders but by each and every one of us as citizens.
That is why we have asked 9 of our members to make their Call to Europe in their own language and to tell us what they are working for to make Europe better and what we need to do to help.
Just like de Gaulle on 18 June 1940, they will have 384 words and two minutes to make their speeches and these will be pre-recorded and we will provide them with sub-titles.
We will also hold a panel discussion on the future of Europe.
The event will take place as a live stream from our Facebook page, starting at 18:30 and ending at 19:30 (CSET)
It is taking place as part of our #CallToEurope programme with Ethnos, We Belong and Europe Future Fringe.
Come and join us - join our Call to Europe! (380 words!)