Invitation to the TEAM AGM in London on Sunday November 16th
TEAM will have its annual AGM in London Sunday November 16th from 10 a.m. to 12.30 a.m .If there is need for a longer meeting it will continue at the place we choose to eat lunch. The venue for the AGM Sunday: Hotel Russell, 1-8 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5BE - Library Suite. The AGM is only open for representatives from affiliated organizations.* There will be a get-together on Friday November 14th at 8 p.m. (20.00) at The Euston Flyer, 83-87 Euston Road near King’s Cross Station. On Saturday 15th there will a public EUD meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will take place at Hotel Russell, 1-8 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5BE - Library Suite and the theme for that meeting is “The development in the EU and alternatives to the EU”. Everyone is welcome to participate in this meeting. <strong>Draft programme for the TEAM AGM on Sunday November 16th<strong> (affiliated organizations only): 1. Opening - Election of Chair and Secretary - Presentation of participants - Apologies 2. Minutes of the 2013 AGM and matters arising 3. Annual report 2013-14 4. Financial report 2013-14 5. Endorsement of new affiliates 6. Work Plan 2014-2015 7. Budget 2014-15 8. Amendments to the TEAM Constitution 9. Motions from member organisations 10. Election of board 11. Reports from affiliates and delegates Discussion on the future operation of TEAM
The TEAM AGM of 2014 will be in London the 16th of November. There will be other activities for most of the weekend with a get together on Friday and a public EUD meeting on Saturday.
We will start on Friday 14th November with a social get-together at a bar in London (place will be informed later). On Saturday 15th of November the EUD (Europeans United for Democracy) will organise a public meeting.
On Sunday from 10.00 to 14.30 we will meet for Annual General Meeting of TEAM. The draft agenda for the meeting is attached. The documents to be discussed will be sent out early November. As you will notice, we will conclude with a debate on the future operation of TEAM. If you have any thoughts on this issue, we would appreciate if you could pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard J) and send it to the undersigned. who will then circulate it to all affiliated organisations.
We urge you all to pay your membership fees for 2014, please please please. Although, the activities of TEAM have limited we need funds for the web site and to support campaigns in various countries.
If you have any questions, comments and remarks, do not hesitate to contact us.
On behalf of the TEAM Board
Patricia McKenna, coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org Luise Hemmer Pihl, treasurer, email@example.com
The Annual General Meeting of TEAM in Riga, SEptember 20-22, 2013, elected this Board:
Alain Bournazel, firstname.lastname@example.org, Rassemblement pour l’indépendance de la France (RIF), France
Antti Pesonen email@example.com, Independence Party, Finland
Dora Debeljak, firstname.lastname@example.org> June List, Slovenia
Helle Hagenau, email@example.com, No to EU, Norway
Karoline Runestad firstname.lastname@example.org, Youth Against EU, Norway
Lave K. Broch, lave@folkebevaegelsen.DK, The People’s Movement Against the EU, Denmark
Luise Hemmer Pihl, email@example.com, People’s Movement, Denmark,
Normunds Grostins firstname.lastname@example.org, Party of Democratic Action, Latvia
Patricia Mary McKenna, email@example.com, People’s Movement, Ireland/Eire
We will start on Friday 20th September in the evening with a social get-together at the wine bar Check Point (Jeruzalemes iela 10, Central Riga). It is a beautifully decorated and stylish bar situated in the district of Art nouveau (or Jugendstil) architecture.
On Saturday 21st September the EUDemocrats is organising a public meeting from 1 to 4 pm at the Valdo conference centre (www.valdo.lv)
On Sunday 22nd we will meet for Annual General Meeting of TEAM. The meeting will last from 10 am to 3 pm and take place at the Valdo conference centre.
Please choose the section “TEAM MEETINGS” in the right had column for more information
Annual General Meeting TEAM Riga, September 20 to 22, 2013
We will start on Friday 20th September in the evening with a social get-together at the wine bar Check Point (Jeruzalemes iela 10, Central Riga). It is a beautifully decorated and stylish bar situated in the district of Art nouveau (or Jugendstil) architecture. On Saturday 21st September the EUDemocrats is organising a public meeting from 1 to 4 pm at the Valdo conference centre (www.valdo.lv) On Sunday 22nd we will meet for Annual General Meeting of TEAM. The meeting will last from 10 am to 3 pm and take place at the Valdo conference centre. Draft agenda
TEAM AGM 2013
1) Opening - Election of Chair and Secretary - Presentation of participants - Apologies
2) Minutes of the 2012 AGM and matters arising
3) Annual report 2012-13
4) Financial report 2012-13
5) Endorsement of new affiliates
6) Work Plan 2013-2014
7) Budget 2013-14
8) Amendments to the TEAM Constitution
9) Motions from member organisations
10) Election of board
11) Reports from affiliates and delegates
12) Discussion on the future operation of TEAM
The documents to be discussed will be sent out to TEAM member organizations late August. As you will notice, we will conclude with a debate on the future operation of TEAM. If you have any thoughts on this issue, we would appreciate if you could pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard ) and send it to the undersigned. who will then circulate it to all affiliated organisations. If you have any questions, comments and remarks, do not hesitate to contact Patricia McKenna, for general questions about TEAM and the EUD public meeting Normunds Grostins, for questions about Riga, hotel etc. Lave Broch, for questions concerning membership fees and the TEAM finances Helle Hagenau, for general questions about TEAM
Friday the 21st of September
From 18.00 – Get-together at the People’s Movement against the EU office (Tordenskjoldsgade 21, st.th. – close to Kongens Nytorv metro station).
Saturday the 22nd of September
12.30-16.00 – Euro crisis and alternatives for a better European cooperation
TEAM and EUD public meeting at Drop Inn, Kompagnistræde 34 in central Copenhagen.
12.30-12.40 Welcome by Patricia McKenna, coordinator of TEAM (Ireland) and president of the EUD
12.40-12.50 Welcome by Jesper Morville, chairman for the international committee of the People’s Movement against the EU (Denmark)
12.50-13.10 Will Britain have a referendum on the EU membership? Speaker: Representative from People’s Pledge.
14.00-14.45 The euro crises and how European cooperation be built without the European Union
Kjell Dahle, former Secretary general of the Centre Party (Norway) (confirmed) Søren Søndergaard, Member of the EU Parliament for the Danish People’s Movement against the EU (to be confirmed). Another speaker from an EU country (to be confirmed).
14.45-15.35 Debate and questions
15.35- 15.50 Update on current situation regarding Art. 136 Amendment and position of ECJ and status of ESM Treaty (Anthony Coughlan, National Platform - tbc)
15.50-16.00 Closing words by Patricia McKenna, coordinator of TEAM (Ireland) and president of the EUD
City walk in Copenhagen from 16.15 to 18.15 – for those who do not need a rest – we will walk and look at different sights in Copenhagen.
From 18.30 – Dinner at a restaurant in central Copenhagen
Sunday the 23rd of September
9.00-14.00 TEAM AGM probably in the Red Green Alliance office in central Copenhagen (to be confirmed) Only for TEAM affiliated organizations.
Agenda: 1: Apologies 2: Minutes of 2011 AGM and matters arising 3: Financial report 4: Report of work over the past year 5: Endorsement of new affiliates to TEAM 6: Programme of work for 2012/13 7: Report of Nominations Committee - recommendations for board-members and coordinator (chairman) 8: Election of board, treasurer and coordinator 9: Amendments to TEAM-constitution (suggestion to stop having a nomination committee) 10: Election of Nominations Committee 11: Discussion on future operation of TEAM and TEAM board 12: written reports from affiliates and delegates
Minutes of the 2011 Annual General Meeting of TEAM held in Overseas House, Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SWlA ILR on Saturday 1 October 2011.
Guests: Jan A. Johannsson, Sweden; David Wilkinson, UK Apologies: Dora Debeljak, Slovenia; Johannes Rindal, Senterungdommen, Norway; Kjell Dahle, Senterpartiet, Norway; John Mills, Secretary, Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign, UK; Hans Lindqvist, EU-kritiska Centernetvarket, Sweden; Normunds Grostins, Latvia;Poul Ruppen, Europa Magazin, Switzerland; Max Andersson, Miljöpartiet, Sweden; Gorazd Drevensek, Slovenia; Helle Hagenau, Norway; Antti Pesonen, Finland; Mauri Nygaard, Finland.
Coordinator: Patricia McKenna, Ireland The minutes of the last meeting held in 2010 were read. Muriel Saidlear, Ireland, agreed to take the minutes for this year’s AGM. It was agreed that minutes giving such lengthy details of discussions and speakers would not be required in future.
l. Financial Report Lave Broch, Denmark, gave his comments in addition to the report. Under the heading Income/expenditure An entry under Isafold, Iceland: reading l SEK is set to 1,3438 DKK, was corrected to read l DKK is set to l,3438 SEK After this correction was made the Financial Report was passed and the meeting thanked Lave Broch for his work as Treasurer.
Report of work over the past year TEAM helped in relation to the campaign for a referendum on Eurozone membership in Estonia by organizing meetings, opinion polls and data which could be used in the future. This work was recognized as being very useful by the Estonian campaign. It was pointed out that keeping up-to-date lists of TEAM membership was very time-consuming and onerous and it was suggested that one member of the incoming Board should be appointed to take responsibility for this task. The length of time in which to pursue subscriptions in the case of non-payment was decided to be one year after which, having given the affiliate notice, TEAM membership would terminate. UKIP has not paid its subscription for the year 2010-11. It was therefore decided to allow UKIP’s membership to lapse. The TEAM webpage, which Luise Hemmer-Pihl, Denmark, had agreed to operate for the year 2010-11 to replace the Slovenian operator who had stood down, was functioning but not to its full potential. It needed to be up-dated every day if possible to attract a wide audience. It was decided that a website consisting of information from Open Europe, EU Observer, and reports from different affiliates should be posted perhaps in the form of a newsletter which would be controlled and under the auspices of TEAM. The Link with Facebook,Twitter, etc. which would give immediate access with photographic input etc. could be used as a backup but without TEAM being responsible. This latter would be organized and operated by the young Norwegian members. A deadline should be set for entries to this website link inputs.
Work Programme for 2011-12 This overlapped to some extent with Item No.4 on the Agenda, Report on work over the past year. Regarding the website discussion, John Boyd, UK, said he would be willing to help in a small way. The Norwegian Youth group offered to help to operate the Link aspect of the website and in this context it was decided that they should be invited to become members of the Board irrespective of the fact that Norway would have the largest national group on the board. Lave Broch gave a report from the People’s Movement in Denmark on the upcoming Danish referendum. There will be a referendum in 2012 on EU justice policy and EU military policy – the exact date is not yet fixed. There is a Danish court case due to start on 26 March 2012 dealing with the validity of the Danish ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The presidency of the EU will be held by Denmark in the first part of 2012. It was agreed that TEAM should help in every way possible in Denmark’s referendum and in Iceland’s referendum on EU membership. The situation in Croatia needed to be handled with care to avoid TEAM becoming involved with extreme racists campaigners in the upcoming referendum on Croatia’s application for EU membership.
Endorsement of new TEAM affiliates There were no new affiliates.
Nominations Committee It was proposed that this Committee be discontinued. However, because of TEAM’s Constitution this will have to wait until next year’s AGM when a formal proposal to amend the constitution to this effect be put forward. This was agreed. One member of the incoming Board should be appointed to be responsible for this. It was decided that a date for next year’s AGM should be set as soon as possible by the Board so that it could be broadened out into wider areas for debate and discussion involving organisations concerned with environmental, peace issues and such like.
Election of board, treasurer and coordinator The following were elected to the Board: Stuart Coster, UK, Sigrid Heiberg, Norway, Helle Hagenau, Norway, Karoline Runestad. Norway, Dora Debeljak, Slovenia, Alain Bournazel, France, Ingela Mårtensson, Sweden, Patricia McKenna, Ireland – Coordinator, Lave Knud Broch, Denmark – Treasurer, Luise Hemmer Pihl, Denmark, Olli Salin, Finland
Both the Coordinator and Treasurer agreed to continue in these positions for another year. Lea Launakari, Finland, is not going forward this year.
Reports from affiliates for the different European countries were then given by those present.
FRIDAY, September 30th
For TEAM Board members only:
16.00-18.00 - Board meeting at the office of People’s Pledge, 83 Victoria Street, London SW1H OHW
For all participants in the TEAM Annual General Meeting:
19.00: We are invited to a celebration of the Jubilee of Get Britain Out, including a buffet supper. The Venue will be in central London and will be announced as soon as possible.
SATURDAY, October 1st
For all TEAM organisation members:
10.00-13.00 - Official TEAM AGM Venue: Overseas House (Royal Overseas League), London, Park Pl, London SW1A 1 LR
2. Minutes of 2010 AGM and matters arising
3. Financial report
4. Report of work over the past year
5. Endorsement of new TEAM affiliates
6. Work Programme for 2011/12
7. Report of the Nominations Committee – recommendations for Board members and coordinator (chairman)
8. Election of board, treasurer and coordinator
9. Amendments to the TEAM constitution
10. Election of the Nominations Committee
11. Discussion on the futute operation of TEAM and the TEAM board
12. Written reports from affiliates and delegates
13.00-14.00 - Lunch break
Venue:Overseas House (Royal Overseas League), Lomdon, Park Pl, London SW1A 1 LR
Official organizers : TEAM and EUD (Eudemocrats)
14.15-14.30: Welcome by TEAM coordinator Patricia McKenna
14.30-15.00: THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND THE EURO Anthony Coughlan, Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Social Policy of Trinity College, Dublin, and a British Trade Unionist – name not confirmed
IS THERE A FUTURE OUTSIDE THE EU?
16.00-17.00 Edward Spalton, chair of CIB, and Sigrid Heiberg, board member of No to EU, Norway
18.00-18.15 Closing of the meeting
Dear members, observers and friends of TEAM,
at the TEAM Board meeting (on 3rd of March) Board members confirmed the proposal that TEAM AGM 2010 (Annual General Meeting) is to take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 8th and 9th of May 2010.
You may start planning your train, bus, boat or plane tickets.
For further details please turn to: Eli van der Eynden from Nei til EU, Norway and Jan-Erik Gustavsson from Nej til EU, Sweden. Program proposals, ideas, wishes are to be sent to “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com”.
Venue of the AGM will be: ABF-huset, Sveavägen 41, Stockholm.
Please use also Facebook event page.
7th May 2010
20.00_______________Unofficial get-together at Scandic Malmen Hotel (close to subway station Medborgarplatsen).
Draft programme TEAM public meeting
8th May 2010
11.30 - 12.30_______Press conference
12.00 - 12.30_______ Registration
12.30 –13.45________The euro and the EU financial and economic crisis
Speaker one, 25 minutes (Stefan de Vylder, Sweden)
Speaker two, 25 minutes (Hallgrimur Arnasson, Isafold, Iceland)
Discussion, 25 minutes
Swedish moderator (Hans Lindqvist to confirm)
13.45 – 14.15_______coffee and small talk
14.15 – 15.00_______The Lisbon Treaty
Speaker, 25 minutes (Patricia McKenna, People’s Movement Ireland)
Discussion, 20 minutes
Swedish moderator (Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Folkrörelsen Nej till EU)
15.00 -15.15________coffee talk
15.15 – 16.30_______Alternatives to the EU
Speaker one, 25 minutes (Lee Rotherham, UK)
Speaker two, 25 minutes (Tomas Larsson, Sweden)
Discussion, 25 minutes
Swedish moderator (Max Andersson MP)
16.30 – 16.40_______Conclusion of the day
18.30_______________Gathering, Kungsgatan 84
9th May 2010
11.00 to 15.00______TEAM AGM closed session at ABF-huset, Sveavägen 41
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Dear members, observers and friends of TEAM,
at the last TEAM Board meeting (on 21st of January) Board members accepted the proposal that TEAM AGM 2009 (Annual General Meeting) will take place in connection to the planned CIB AGM in London, UK.
Friday April 3rd:
from 17:00…….Get-together and registration.
Venue: “Euston Flyer”, 83 Euston Road (between King’s Cross and Euston stations).
Saturday April 4th:
14:00-17:00……Public Meeting - we are invited to attend the public meeting of Campaign for an Independent Britain, CIB
Venue: Friends House, Euston Road, London (opposite Euston station)
Sunday April 5th:
11:00-16:00…….Official TEAM AGM
Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square (Fenner Brockway Room), close to Holbourn station, a couple of tube stations from King’s Cross)
Please mark the days from Friday, April 3rd ‘till Sunday, April 5th on your calendars and try your best to meet us there.
There is a budget hotel in the Euston and Kings Cross area. It is an old fashioned hotel and is very similar in price to Bed and Breakfast places. Check out the County Hotel for yourself. Through the same link you can find alternative places as well.
Also check out these fine B&Bs close to our venue.
Friday 7th March, from 17.00 on:
Get-together and registration at The People´s Movement (Folkebevaegelsen mod EU) Tordenskjoldsgade 21, Copenhagen K (Centre), close to the Kings New Market (Kongens Nytorv) and The Royal Theatre.
The TEAM Annual General Meeting will be held on 25 March, 2007 at “Zum Turm”, Wil (close to Zurich) in Switzerland. The day before, 24 March, the Swiss organisation Young4FUN are holding what is being described as ‘the largest EU-critical conference that Switzerland has ever had.’
Growing opposition to rejected EU Constitution
“TEAM can show the people in Finland and elsewhere that the opponents of the EU Constitution are neither isolated nor isolationists,” says newly elected TEAM Co-ordinator Jesper Morville, on TEAM’s planned activities in Finland. This follows the Finnish government’s manifest intentions to ratify the EU Constitution before Finland takes over the EU Council Presidency next July.
Austria is currently presiding over the EU Council. Meanwhile, cherry picking of the rejected EU Constitution goes on, an EUarmy is being assembled to go into the Congo, and a mass movement of labour is taking place from east to west within the EU, causing ‘social dumping’ and a ‘race to the bottom’ in working conditions and wages.
On Saturday 9th April hundreds of political activists from across the party-political divide met in London to launch a new campaign called “Europeans for Diversity - No the EU Constitution”. They rallied for a Europe of democratic nation states that trade, enjoy cultural exchange and inter-governmental co-operation. The aim is to reach millions of voters in Britain and other EU countries. On Sunday 10th April, TEAM’s Annual General Meeting was held as usual. Read more below.
Report and photo diary from the rally “Europeans for Diversity - No the EU Constitution”. See the Democracy Movement’s web-page.
This programme gives an outline of the general political priorities and tasks which the AGM recommends to the alliance of TEAM for 2005-2006. The programme will act as guidelines for the TEAM Board over the same period. Affiliated organisations may use the programme as a whole or elements of the programme as inspiration for their own work at national, regional and local levels.
The Board arranges mainly one meeting for the TEAM affiliates and others interested during a working year: The Annual General Meeting (AGM). An internal face-to-face meeting is also arranged every year. Besides these meetings TEAM arranges conferences and seminars.
AGM in London, United Kingdom, 9-10 April 2005
AGM in Copenhagen, Denmark, 28-29 February 2004
AGM in Tallinn, Estonia, 29-30 March 2003
AGM in Prague, Czech Republic, 9-10 March 2002
AGM in Stockholm, Sweden, 24-25 March 2001
Saturday 9th April at the Conway Hall, London, will see the coming together of hundreds of political activists from across the party-political divide to launch a new campaign called “Europeans for Diversity - No the EU Constitution”. The rally will call for a Europe of democratic nation states that trade, enjoy cultural exchange and inter-governmental co-operation. The aim will be to reach millions of voters in Britain and other EU countries. On Sunday 10th April, TEAM’s Annual General Meeting will be held.
The TEAM Working Programme outlines the general political priorities and tasks which this Annual General Meeting will recommend to the TEAM network for the coming year. The programme functions as guidelines for the TEAM Board. The affiliated organisations may use the programme or parts of it as inspiration for their own work.
EU Constitution and Charter of Fundamental Rights
Further develop the broad political alliance, across the continent of Europe, against the planned EU Constitution and Charter of Fundamental Rights. Support the No-side in the coming referendums on the EU Constitution.
Encourage TEAM affiliates to support the petition, through the gathering of signatures, demanding national referendums on the EU Constitution.
Support demands for fair referendums to prevent a repeat of the largely unfair and undemocratic practice used in the Applicant Countries.
Provide high quality material on the draft Constitution and current EU-issues which can be easily used by organisations and campaigns.
Alternatives to the EU State
Elections to the European Parliament in 2004
Support the No-side in the British referendum on the euro, if it should be held during 2004 and 2005, with information and international contacts.
Provide information about the consequences of the single currency in those EU States which have adopted the euro.
This report is presented to TEAM’s Eight Annual General Meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark, February 28-29, 2004, following the AGM in Tallinn, Estonia, March 29-30, 2003, and the meeting of the TEAM Board in Brussels October 11-12, 2003.
The number of TEAM affiliates increases
TEAM at present has 53 affiliated organisations in 20 countries across Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
At the AGM in Tallinn the following new affiliates were agreed to. As TEAM Members: Heimssýn (Iceland), Equal in Europe (Ireland), Movement for Independence (Latvia), Europa Nostra 2000 (Slovakia) and Young 4 FUN (Switzerland). As TEAM Observers: Research Centre Free Europe (Estonia), Polish Alliance (Poland) and Agora (Slovakia).
On 23 April the Board recommended unanimously to TEAM’s current affiliates that the European Foundation, a leading UK-based think-tank, should be admitted into affiliation as an observer organisation with TEAM. This recommendation was accepted by TEAM’s affiliates without objection.
Five of TEAM’s affiliates are represented in the European Parliament. The Green Party of England and Wales and the Green Party of Sweden belong to the Green Group. The UK Independence Party and the June Movement, Denmark, belong to the EDD (Europe of Democracies and Diversities) Group. The People’s Movement against the EU, Denmark, belongs to the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL).
Change of TEAM Coordinator
Sharon Ellul Bonici (Malta) was elected TEAM Coordinator at the AGM in Tallinn 2003. Due to the circumstances of her candidacy for the Malta Labour Party in the European Parliament elections, she felt compelled to resign as Coordinator. On 26 November the Board elected John Boyd as Acting Coordinator in her place. Full members of the Board have been: Jean-Paul Bled (France) as Treasurer, Hans Lindqvist (Sweden), Gorazd Drevensek (Slovenia), Helle Hagenau (Norway), Sharon Bonici (Malta) and Uno Silberg (Estonia). Substitute members have been: Alberto Carosa (Italy), Pelle Geertsen (Denmark) and Normunds Grostins (Latvia).
TEAM Board Meetings
The Board had its first meeting on Sunday March 30, 2003, after the AGM. Since then the Board has had 12 meetings in all, ten of which have been phone conferences. A face-to-face meeting was held in Brussels on October 11-12, 2003, when the draft EU Constitution and TEAM’s campaign against it were discussed.
Unfair accession referendums
Seven EU accession referendums were held from April to September 2003:
Country ————— Date ———— In favour ——- Against ———- Turnout
Hungary ———- 12 April ———— 83.76 % —- 16.24 % ———— 45.62 %
Lithuania ——— 10-11May ——- 91.04 % —— 8.96 % ————- 63.3 %
Slovakia ———— 16-17 May —— 92.46 % ——- 6.20% ————- 52.15 %
Poland —————- 7-8 June ———- 77.45 % —- 22.25 % ———— 58.85 %
Czech Rep. —— 13-14 June —— 77.33 % —- 22.67 % ———- 55.21 %
Estonia ————— 14 Sept ————- 66.92 % —- 33.08 % ———— 64.0 %
Latvia —————— 20 Sept ————- 67.0 % ——- 32.20 % ———- 72.53 %
The figures shows that Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic and Poland have the largest EU-scepticism among its populations. Malta, which was mentioned in the AGM report 2002-2003, had the strongest No-vote among the accession countries. On 8 March 46.35 % voted against EU membership, 53.65 in favour, on a turnout of 91 %. The referendum in Slovenia on 23 March had a different character: 89.91 % in favour, 10.39 % against, on a turnout of 60,29 %.
Voter turnouts were generally low in the accession referendums, but the members of the electorate who did vote generally cast a Yes-ballot. The No-campaigners in the Accession countries not only had to fight against voter apathy and disillusionment, but also against the Yes-side’s huge resources in terms of finances and political backing from parties and media. In some countries also there was significant interference by the EU Commission, by office-holders of the European Parliament, which some legal opinion considers in breach of EU law, and by foreign governments. For these reasons most of the EU Accession referendums cannot be considered to have been fair and democratic.
TEAM questioned the Commission’s financial involvement in the accession referendums, and argued that this was in breach of the relevant Accession treaties, for the Commission is not a party to the treaties and therefore has no proper role in ratifying them. Complaints were sent to the EU Ombudsman, the Commission and the European Parliament. The latter two institutions claimed that no violations had occurred, and that the EU only disseminated “information” in the accession referendum campaigns. Such “information”, financed by EU taxpayers’ money, inevitably affected voter choices and was designed to do so. TEAM’s expressions of concern got good press coverage in the Brussels media.
The TEAM Board has continued the advance the demand for free and fair referendums, based on the criteria which it adopted in early 2003. TEAM took part in initiating and developing the “Referendum Monitoring Project”, which is run by the Initiative and Referendum Institute, Amsterdam. The EU accession referendums were monitored at workshops in Bratislava, Slovakia, in June 2003, and in Tartu, Estonia, in September 2003, in which TEAM Board Members and some of TEAM’s affiliated organisations participated. A “TEAM Referendum Monitoring Report”, which analyses the ten EU referendums during 2003, based on the criteria for fair referendums, was presented at these workshops.
Overwhelming Swedish No to the euro
On 14 September the Swedes electorate voted “Nej” (“No”) to scrapping the krona and adopting the euro by a strong majority: 55.9 % No, 42 % Yes and 2 % blank votes. Voter turnout was high at 82.6 %. This result shows that the Swedes made up their mind independently of the heavy imbalance of propaganda from the major parties, the trade unions, big business and their lobbyists on behalf of a Yes vote. The voters took an informed and rational decision in a dramatic and traumatic moment in Swedish politics. Foreign Minister Anna Lindh had been brutally assassinated just three days before the referendum, which led to a suspension of active campaigning in that time coming up to the poll.
The No-victory was achieved by a politically broad alliance ranging from left to right, which was coordinated in a loose way. The two main reasons for the No-result was that the Social Democratic Party failed to convince their own voters, among whom women constituted a key group. Neither did the centre-right parties manage to convince their voters that the euro was needed to boost economic growth in Sweden or for that country to be a “full” member of the EU. Many of these voters had voted Yes to EU-membership in 1994.
The Swedish “Nej” to the euro reveals an increase in the opposition to the centralising structures of the EU, and a reaction against the notion that an EU Member State has to accept all aspects of EU integration. A further indication of growing EU-critical sentiment in Sweden has been the emergence of a new party, The June List, which will stand for elections in the European Parliament on 13 June 2004. TEAM supported the Swedish No-campaign in various ways. Its Swedish affiliates were very active during the campaign. They were also supported by activists from TEAM affiliates in other countries, such as Denmark, Norway and Ireland.
TEAM’s campaign against an EU Constitution
The Summit meeting in Thessaloniki in June 2003 concluded that “the Draft Constitutional Treaty is a good basis for starting in the Intergovernmental Conference”. But it did not prove to be such a “good basis” for further discussions. Quite soon it became clear that Spain and Poland did not want to lose the voting strength in the Council which the Nice Treaty had guaranteed them. Consequently, the Summit in Brussels in December failed to reach an agreement on the Constitution. In media reports Poland and Spain were blamed for the Summit’s failure, but France’s objections to the Constitution - which shifts voting strength in the EU against Paris and towards Berlin may also have been a factor.
The conference “Visions for a Democratic Europe” in Brussels 11-12 December 2003, was organised by the TEAM secretariat together with several other European NGOs (Europe 2020 in Paris, IRI Europe in Amsterdam, European Referendum Campaign in Frankfurt and More Democracy in Berlin). At a press conference at this event TEAM’s campaign against the EU Constitution was launched. The campaign slogan “No to the EU State Constitution - Yes to Democracy” was presented, along with a campaign folder outlining the main arguments against the Draft EU Constitution. The TEAM website has been rearranged and redesigned since to fit in with this campaign.
The TEAM secretariat will continue to produce campaign material on the EU Constitution. A number of factsheets drawing on research by various legal experts and other authorities have been produced on particular key issues. Two major TEAM Working Papers on the Constitution have been written and are available on the website: “The shaping of a new EU State Constitution - with alternatives for a “Europe of Democracies”, by Jens-Peter Bonde MEP, and “A critical analysis of the EU draft Constitution”, by Anthony Coughlan.
The draft Constitution reveals the true nature of the EU-integration project: it lays the constitutional basis for a highly centralised and undemocratic “EU State” under the political hegemony of the bigger EU members. This fact has sparked a growing EU-critique across Europe in both old and new EU Member States. Independently of political colour or view of the EU-project, many parties and NGOs agree that the Constitution cannot be the basis for an equal and democratic European cooperation. This growing opposition will be visible in the upcoming referendums on the EU Constitution, assuming that this is agreed by the 25 Member State governments.
At present it is clear that Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain and the Czech Republic will hold referendums for purposes of ratifying the EU Constitution, once that is signed. More countries are likely to follow. The growing opposition against the “EU State” or “State-in-the-making” and the number of referendums on the EU Constitution, create new possibilities for the EU-critical movement across Europe. TEAM and its affiliated organisations will use this momentum to defend the principles of democracy and argue that the people should have a say on the future of Europe.
The TEAM Board would like to thank all TEAM members, observers and supporters for a fruitful cooperation during the past year. We hope for a significant expansion in the number of organisations affiliated to TEAM during the coming year and for a politically successful 2004-2005 in our struggle to defend democracy in face of the EU.
Henrik Dahlsson Secretary General TEAM
The European Alliance of EU-critical Movements (TEAM) held its 8th Annual General Meeting on Friday - Sunday, 27-29 February 2004, at the Jord och Betonarbejdernes Fagforening, Hestemøllestræde 5, Copenhagen, Denmark.
A key theme of the AGM was civil liberties and how they are threatened by the EU’s participation in the current international “war on terror”. Professor Thomas Mathiesen of Oslo University was the keynote speaker on this topic. Professor Mathiesen has lectured and published widely in this area over recent decades and is an internationally recognised authority in the field of human rights and civil liberties.
The other key topic was the EU Draft Constitution. The meeting discussed why the talks failed at the Brussels Summit last December, what is likely to happen next and what the international EU-critical movement might do to defeat this EU Constitution during 2004.
The debate on the Constitution was also covered by some of the leading EU-critical candidates in Denmark’s elections to the European Parliament in June. Key aspects of the Constitution were also examined by AGM participants in workshops.
The AGM discussed TEAM’s campaign against the EU Constitution and ideas on “How to run a successful campaign”. The gathering in Copenhagen was seen as a good opportunity to exchange ideas on strategy and campaigning across Europe for the coming year.
AGM Programme to download (pdf)
John Boyd, UK, was elected new Coordinator of TEAM. To see the newly elected Board go here.
The AGM approved five new observers of TEAM: The Confederation of Social Associations (Hungary), Free Europe (Netherlands), Another Democracy is Possible (Spain), Attac (Romania) and European Foundation (UK). Find their addresses, e-mails and websites here.
AGM Report 2003-2004 Working Programme 2004-2005
The European Alliance of EU-critical Movements (TEAM) is holding its 8th Annual General Meeting on Friday - Sunday, 27-29 February 2004, at the Jord och Betonarbejdernes Fagforening, Hestemøllestræde 5, Copenhagen, Denmark.
AGM Programme to download (pdf)
A key theme of the AGM will be civil liberties and how they are threatened by the EU’s participation in the current international “war on terror”. We are very pleased to have Professor Thomas Mathiesen of Oslo University as our keynote speaker on this topic. Professor Mathiesen has lectured and published widely in this area over recent decades and is an internationally recognised authority in the field of human rights and civil liberties.
The other key topic that will be discussed is the EU Draft Constitution - why the talks failed at the Brussels Summit last December, what is likely to happen next and what the international EU-critical movement might do to defeat this EU Constitution during 2004.
The debate on the Constitution will also be covered by some of the leading EU-critical candidates in Denmark’s elections to the European Parliament in June. Key aspects of the Constitution will also be examined by AGM participants in workshops.
The AGM will discuss TEAM’s campaign against the EU Constitution and ideas on “How to run a successful campaign.” Our gathering in Copenhagen is a good opportunity to exchange ideas on strategy and campaigning across Europe for the coming year.
The AGM draft programme follows: Programme for TEAM’s 8th Annual General Meeting
Copenhagen, Denmark, Friday-Sunday, 27-29 February 2004 Venue: Jord- och Betonarbejdernes Fagforening, Hestemøllestræde 5, Copenhagen.
Friday 27 February From 18.00: Social get-together at the Red-Green Alliance’s office, Studiestræde 24, Copenhagen
Saturday 28 February 09.30: Coffee 10.00: Welcome 10.10: The Attack on Civil Liberties after September 11 • Thomas Mathiesen, Professor of Sociology of Law at Oslo University, Norway 10.30: Comment: Civil Liberties and the EU Constitution • Ole Krarup MEP, Peoples’ Movement against the EU, Professor of Law at Copenhagen University Followed by discussion 11.10: The Collapse of the EU Constitution and the road ahead • Jens-Peter Bonde MEP, June Movement, President of the EDD Group in the European Parliament 11.30 Comment: A British Perspective on the EU Constitution • Nigel Farage MEP, U.K. Independence Party 11.50: Panel discussion: The EU Constitution and the coming Danish Referendum • Jens-Peter Bonde, June Movement • Hanne Dahl, June Movement • Rune Lund, Red-Green Alliance • Ditte Staun, Peoples’ Movement against the EU 12.30: Lunch 13.30: Workshops: 1) How to run a successful campaign/TEAM’s campaign “No to the EU State Constitution - Yes to Democracy” 2) EU Constitution 3) EU Enlargement 4) Alternatives to the EU 5) Reforming the EU 15.00: Coffee 15.30: Workshops continue 17.30: Reports and conclusion from workshops 18.00: End of program 20.00: Dinner
Sunday 29 February 09.30: Coffee 10.00: AGM Report 10.15: TEAM Treasurer’s Report 10.30: Proposal for changes to TEAM’s Constitution 11.00: Affiliation of new member and observer organizations 11.30: Proposal for TEAM Working Program 2004-2005 12.00: Election of TEAM Coordinator and Board 12.30: Lunch 13.30: Country reports 14.30: End of program 15.00: Guided walking tour of Copenhagen city-centre
If you have any questions regarding the AGM, please contact Henrik Dahlsson at the TEAM Secretariat on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +32 2 284 65 67.
The TEAM Working Programme for 2003-2004 outlines the general political priorities and tasks which this Annual General Meeting will recommend to the TEAM network for the coming year. The programme functions as guidelines for the TEAM Board. The affiliated organisations may use the programme or parts of it as inspiration for their own work.
Support EU-critics and opponents in the Applicant Countries through information, international support and funding where their referendums are unbalanced and unfair.
Demand “fair” EU referendums, based on the TEAM statement “International best practice for fair EU referendums” and support similar initiatives by others.
File complaints to the European Ombudsman when relevant, support and encourage legal action concerning the Commission’s improper intervention in national referendum processes.
Support the No-side in the Swedish referendum on the euro with information and international contacts.
Support the No-side in the British referendum on the euro, if it should be held during 2003 and 2004, with information and international contacts.
Constitutional Convention and EU Constitution
Encourage the formation of a broad political alliance, in the EU Member States and Applicant Countries, against the planned EU Constitution/Constitutional Treaty.
Expose the threat to national democracy and an equal and democratic European cooperation.
Demand national referendums on the outcome of the Convention and support initiatives like the European Referendum Campaign.
Alternatives to the EU State
Elections to the European Parliament in 2004
Adopted at TEAM’s AGM in Tallinn, Estonia, on 30 March 2003.
The 7th Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, 28-30 March 2003. The conference on Saturday dealt with the EU accession referendums in Malta and Slovenia and the need for “fair” EU referendums. Workshops were also held on the following topics: campaign planning, TEAM strategy, and visions for another Europe.
A paneldiscussion was held on the work of the Convention and the planned EU State Constitution. The Iraq war and its consequences on the EU’s plans for a Common Foreign and Security Policy was also discussed
AGM Report 2002-2003 Working Programme 2003-2004
This report was presented to TEAM’s Seventh Annual General Meeting in Tallinn, following the AGM in Prague March 9-10 2002, the face-to-face meeting of the TEAM Board in Brussels October 26-27, and the TEAM Council Meeting in Copenhagen on December 15, 2002.