EASEA aims to support the EP Written Declaration 84/2010
European associations have been asking a European Statute of the European Association for more than 30 years!
The European Parliament has launched a written declaration calling on the European Commission to table three proposals for European statutes for foundations, associations and mutuals respectively. It was launched on 10 November 2010 by Marc Tarabella (S&D, B), Regina Bastos (EPP, P), Renate Weber (ALDE, RO), Pascal Canfin (Greens, F) and Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE, F).
On 10th March, the EASEA welcomed Jerzy Buzek's proclamation of the European Parliament's support for a statute for European associations during the plenary session in Strasbourg. The announcement followed the signing of Written Declaration 84/2010 by a majority of MEPs, that was submitted to the European Parliament through cross party support from Regina Bastos (EPP), Marc Tarabella (S&D), Pascal Canfin (Greens-EFA), Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE-NGL) and Renate Weber (ALDE).
Members of European Alliance for the Statute of the European Association (EASEA) celebrate the success of the campaign for the setting up of a European Statute for European Associations, to give institutional recognition to the engagement and activism of millions of citizens who freely and voluntarily join together in associations across Europe.
For EASEA, the successful passing of the Written Declaration is a key step along the road towards building a common political culture that gives citizens from Member States the possibility to gather together within legally recognised transnational organisations.
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Why do we want a Statute of European Association?
We have been campaigning for a long period of time for the setting up of a European Statute for the European Association, giving institutional recognition to the engagement and to the activism of millions of citizens, freely and voluntarily joining together in associations across Europe. The freedom of association at European level is both a fundamental right of the European citizens and an active component in the emergence of a European public sphere.
Along with the deepening of the European single market, the removal of remaining obstacles to the free movement of goods and services and the adoption of European statutes for companies and co-operatives has been contributing to create a certain sense of belonging to a community of goods, capital and services.
The Treaty of Lisbon brings Europe forward towards a community of values and people, reinforcing the social and political citizenship by granting the Charter of Fundamental Rights with binding legal force and by creating the conditions for citizens and representative associations to better voice their opinions “in all areas of Union act”. Therefore, a genuine and longstanding commitment of all EU institutions to engage in “an open, transparent and regular dialogue with representative associations and civil society”, as stated in article 11 of the Lisbon Treaty, is of outmost importance.
With regard to the current communication of the Commission “Towards a single Market Act”, it is highly regrettable that associations are not clearly included in the sphere of social economy, along with foundations, cooperatives and mutual societies. The Commission undertakes for 2011 “to ensure that the rights guaranteed in the Charter, including the right to take collective action, are taken into account.”