Announcement for TEAM member organizations:

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, pmmckenna@eircom.net Luise Hemmer Pihl, treasurer, skrodhoj@gmail.com

NEW EUROPEAN

Somewhat late the spring issue of the NEW EUOPEAN, edited by Luise Hemmer Pihl, is now accessible at www.neweuropean.org. The issue has has a number of articles of relevance to this website.

Norway 1814 – 1994 – 2014: Sovereignty and Democracy

By Heming Olaussen

2014 is a year of political jubilees. 200 years ago Norway got her Constitution (Grunnloven), which is celebrated every year on May 17 in every place in the country with children’s processions and speeches. And on November 28, it is also 20 years since the last No of the Norwegian people to EU membership. Where is the connection between these two great events in Norway’s political history – and why is No to the EU calling this a ”double jubilee” and making a campaign on it? In 1814 Norway was subjected to Denmark, formally in a ”union”, but really governed as a colony. After the Napoleonic wars Denmark was left as one of the losers, and through the Treaty of Kiel in January 1814 it was decided that Norway should be surrendered to Sweden as war booty. This led to an insurrection in Norway, and the elites (the nobles, the big farmers and others) met and decided to reject the Treaty of Kiel and set up a Norwegian Constitution and call a constituent assembly named Stortinget. And this came to be the result after people all over the country had gathered at church assemblies and elected their representatives. Strongly inspired by the French revolution and the American constitution one of the most radical constitutions in Europe was adopted and signed on May 17, 1814. Even though Norway was in the Autumn of 1814 forced to accept the Swedish king and a personal union with Sweden after an invasion of superior Swedish troops the Storting stuck to the Constitution as the legal framework of the Norwegian democracy during the union with Sweden. In actual fact Norway had self government except for foreign policy.

Norway’s upholding of the principle of the Sovereignty of the People was a unique phenomenon in Europe. When the democratic wave of the French revolution had passed almost all the royal houses had their revenge, and most constitutions were annulled or set aside. The Norwegian constitution survived. And moreover – it was on the foundation of this constitution that Norway’s democracy was continually expended until 1913 (votes for women) and 1919 (full voting rights, even to people on poor relief).

”Norway is a free, independent, inalienable and indivisible realm,” according to the first article of the constitution.

And this was just what the campaign in 1994 (as well as in 1972) was about: Should Norway continue as a free and independent realm, or should Norway be subjected to remote government from Brussels? In both referenda the people said clearly that”we want to govern ourselves, we will not be governed by others”. And when No to the EU now celebrates as well the 200 year jubilee of the Constitution as the 20 year jubilee of the No victory in 1994 it is on the foundation of these quite fundamental principles:

Norway should be governed by the Norwegian people

Norway should be an independent and sovereign country.

And this is where the struggle is still going on in 2014. Not so much about EU membership. As many as 70 per cent of the people are now saying No to the EU. But through the EEA agreement we are nevertheless a member of the EU Single Market and have to accept a number of laws and directives which, according to many, ought never to be accepted as we are just not a member of the EU.

So the struggle continues – for Norway’s freedom, democracy and independence. In 2014 as in 1994 and in 1814.

Heming Olaussen is the leader of No to the EU. See more at http://www.neitileu.no/articles_in_foreign_languages/nei_til_eu_no_to_the_eu

Norway 1814 – 1994 – 2014: Sovereignty and Democracy

Heming Olaussen

2014 is a year of political jubilees. 200 years ago Norway got her Constitution (Grunnloven), which is celebrated every year on May 17 in every place in the country with children’s processions and speeches. And on November 28, it is also 20 years since the last No of the Norwegian people to EU membership. Where is the connection between these two great events in Norway’s political history – and why is No to the EU calling this a ”double jubilee” and making a campaign on it? In 1814 Norway was subjected to Denmark, formally in a ”union”, but really governed as a colony. After the Napoleonic wars Denmark was left as one of the losers, and through the Treaty of Kiel in January 1814 it was decided that Norway should be surrendered to Sweden as war booty. This led to an insurrection in Norway, and the elites (the nobles, the big farmers and others) met and decided to reject the Treaty of Kiel and set up a Norwegian Constitution and call a constituent assembly named Stortinget. And this came to be the result after people all over the country had gathered at church assemblies and elected their representatives. Strongly inspired by the French revolution and the American constitution one of the most radical constitutions in Europe was adopted and signed on May 17, 1814. Even though Norway was in the Autumn of 1814 forced to accept the Swedish king and a personal union with Sweden after an invasion of superior Swedish troops the Storting stuck to the Constitution as the legal framework of the Norwegian democracy during the union with Sweden. In actual fact Norway had self government except for foreign policy.

Norway’s upholding of the principle of the Sovereignty of the People was a unique phenomenon in Europe. When the democratic wave of the French revolution had passed almost all the royal houses had their revenge, and most constitutions were annulled or set aside. The Norwegian constitution survived. And moreover – it was on the foundation of this constitution that Norway’s democracy was continually expended until 1913 (votes for women) and 1919 (full voting rights, even to people on poor relief).

”Norway is a free, independent, inalienable and indivisible realm,” according to the first article of the constitution.

And this was just what the campaign in 1994 (as well as in 1972) was about: Should Norway continue as a free and independent realm, or should Norway be subjected to remote government from Brussels? In both referenda the people said clearly that”we want to govern ourselves, we will not be governed by others”. And when No to the EU now celebrates as well the 200 year jubilee of the Constitution as the 20 year jubilee of the No victory in 1994 it is on the foundation of these quite fundamental principles:

Norway should be governed by the Norwegian people

Norway should be an independent and sovereign country.

And this is where the struggle is still going on in 2014. Not so much about EU membership. As many as 70 per cent of the people are now saying No to the EU. But through the EEA agreement we are nevertheless a member of the EU Single Market and have to accept a number of laws and directives which, according to many, ought never to be accepted as we are just not a member of the EU.

So the struggle continues – for Norway’s freedom, democracy and independence. In 2014 as in 1994 and in 1814.

Heming Olaussen is the leader of No to the EU. See more at http://www.neitileu.no/articles_in_foreign_languages/nei_til_eu_no_to_the_eu

Against the austerity alliance between the European Peoples Party (EPP) and big business

The Peoples Movement is organising two protests at the Convention Centre – leaving from the Custom House - one from 9 - 10am on Friday morning 7th March and the second from 1 -2 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The themes will be; ‘We don’t want EU military expansion’ and ‘NO! to EU – imposed austerity’.

The EPP and its constituent parties in EU member states have been to the forefront in formulating and implementing austerity measures, especially in peripheral countries such as Ireland. This zeal for austerity has not prevented them from benefiting from a grant of some €9.5 million from the European Parliament budget; in effect Irish taxpayers are helping to pay for the EPP political jamboree in Dublin‘s Convention Centre.

Since the outbreak of the crisis, EPP parties have championed major reforms of the EU’s economic governance. These reforms are designed to lock in fiscal policy at a national level and enforce austerity at the European level. The European Parliament itself as the EU’s only elected body has been sidelined from much of a process that has included putting in place a whole set of additional rules and institutions whose primary purpose is to further transform Europe in the image of organisations such as BusinessEurope, Europe’s largest business association, whose policy is to lock in fiscal policy at a national level and enforce austerity at the European level. IBEC is the Irish voice of this grouping.

Despite high octane rhetoric about ‘democracy’ EPP parties see no danger in a situation where fiscal policy is less and less determined by political bargaining between elected governments, political parties, and social interests and more and more is the outcome of inflexible and immutable rules.

The most visible manifestation of the alliance of the EPP and big business is so-called ‘Six Pack‘, which delivers the binding fiscal rules BusinessEurope demanded. The measures favour neo-liberal structural reforms and prohibit investment in social progress if there is no visible economic value. Resultant measures include privatisation of health care or abolition of labour protection.

The European Commission, where the EPP is strongly represented, provides the perfect framework to lock in national economic and budgetary policies, because it is neither transparent, nor accountable to the public. Political power is being transferred to the un-elected EU institutions in Brussels. The result is that the European Union is becoming more authoritarian at a frightening speed.

Our protests are against this alliance between the EPP and big business to the detriment of ordinary citizens and against the rapidly evolving militarisation of the EU.

Further information; Kevin Mc Corry 086 315 0301 Frank Keoghan 087 230 8330

For a better Europe outside the EU

Public TEAM meeting in Copenhagen Saturday the 22nd of February 2014:

Venue: Drop Inn, Kompagnistræde 34 in central Copenhagen.

12.30-12.40 Welcome by Patricia McKenna, coordinator of TEAM (Ireland) (confirmed)

12.40-12.50 Welcome by Jesper Morville, chairman for the international committee of the People’s Movement against the EU (Denmark) (confirmed)

12.50-13.15 The development of the EU by Lave K. Broch, candidate to the EU-parliament, People’s Movement against the EU (Denmark). (confirmed)

13.15-13.30 Norwegian alternatives to the EU by Per Martin Sandtrøen, Vice president of the Centre Youth (Norway) (confirmed).

13.30-13.45 Swiss alternatives to the EU by Paul Ruppen from Forum for Direct Democracy (confirmed).

13.40-14.10 Debate and questions

14.10-14.30 Break

14.30-14.45 The euro crisis and Ireland by Patricia McKenna, coordinator of TEAM (Ireland) (confirmed)

14.45-15.00 The financial crisis and Iceland by Stefan Johann Stefansson, board member of Heimssyn (Iceland) (confirmed)

15.00-15.15 The banking union by Drude Dahlerup, Chair of the think tank New Agenda (Denmark) (confirmed)

15.15-15.45 Debate and questions

15.45- 16.00 Shutting out the public by Staffan Dahllöf, journalist

16.00-16.15 Debate and questions

16.15-15.30 Closing words by Helle Hagenau, TEAM board member from No to EU (Norway) (confirmed)

Statement on Latvia Joining the euro zone from Normunds Grostins, Latvian board member of TEAM.

To join Eurozone, Latvia had to go through dramatic austerity policy. It has catastrophic effects. For example, Buildings Control State Inspection was abolished to save some money. As result, in December supermarket building collapsed in Riga, killing 54 people.

Now Latvia has minimal state pension 70 euro per month, and average monthly income well under 500 euro. But Latvia with its 2 million population is going to pay hundreds of millions euro and guarantee almost 3 billion euro for Euro Stability Mechanism.

Introduction of euro in Latvia at all stages was done without referendum and against will of people. All independent polls clearly show that majority of Latvia’s population doesn’t want abolish national currency in favor of euro. Issue of leaving Eurozone will be on Latvia’s political agenda during European and national elections at 2014.

THE ATHENS MEETING COMMON PRESS RELEASE

Athens, the cradle of democracy, 01 of December 2013

During the weekend of 30 November and 1st December 2013, people’s movements and economists from all over Europe and other countries, held a successful meeting. The meeting was realized on the initiative of EPAM the topics being: the debt, the national currency and democracy. From the first day of the conference, it was clear that all participants held common views and built a close cooperation towards the following:

  1. The debt has been imposed by banks through the euro, imprisons nations and enslaves peoples.

  2. The need to leave the euro and to reestablish a national currency as a basic condition to regain independence and pursue full employment policies.

  3. The need to leave the EU according to Article No 50 of the Treaty of the European Union.

  4. Democracy emerges as a critical issue, in a European political environment where the eurozone governments – and those countries’ elites first and foremost – impose policies leading Europe to the new feudal system run by the markets against peoples’ interests.

The euro, like any other monetary union, will sooner or later collapse. The sooner each country leaves the euro, the better.

The dilemma the peoples of Europe face is: either the dictatorship of the markets or democracy and an economy based on the needs of the peoples.

The meeting closed its works with important conclusions and the promise that:

a) The participants although they are democratic movements against any form of extremism suffer from being banned from all mainstream media. However they observe that in every country the same mainstream media grant an extended coverage to far right parties, confusing as a matter of fact the citizens by associating the need to leave the euro and the EU with the far- right ideology.

b) The important two-day Athens Meeting is the start of a steady and active cooperation between the movements that took part , in the frame of mutual respect to the national identity of each one.

c) The meeting will be the beginning of the liberation of peoples of Europe, who deserve to build their own democracy and their own economy.

d) All participants in this international meeting committed themselves to intensify their efforts and become active in increasing the number of movements – all over Europe as well as worldwide – in the steps outlined by the Meeting of Athens.

Signed by:

  1. EPAM (United People’s Front) – Greece

  2. Union Républicaine Populaire – France

  3. Per Il Bene Commune –Italy

  4. Asociación Democracia Real Ya – Spain

  5. Campaign for an Independent Britain – Britain

  6. Alza Il Pugno/Eurotruffa – Italy

  7. Economia Per I Cittadini – Italy

  8. National Platform – Ireland

  9. Mouvement Politique d’Emancipation Populaire – France

  10. IPU – Finland

                                                                                              Athens, the cradle of democracy, 01 of December 2013
    

THE ATHENS MEETING COMMON PRESS RELEASE

Athens, the cradle of democracy, 01 of December 2013 During the weekend of 30 November and 1st December 2013, people’s movements and economists from all over Europe and other countries, held a successful meeting. The meeting was realized on the initiative of EPAM the topics being: the debt, the national currency and democracy. From the first day of the conference, it was clear that all participants held common views and built a close cooperation towards the following: 1. The debt has been imposed by banks through the euro, imprisons nations and enslaves peoples. 2. The need to leave the euro and to reestablish a national currency as a basic condition to regain independence and pursue full employment policies. 3. The need to leave the EU according to Article No 50 of the Treaty of the European Union. 4. Democracy emerges as a critical issue, in a European political environment where the eurozone governments – and those countries’ elites first and foremost – impose policies leading Europe to the new feudal system run by the markets against peoples’ interests. The euro, like any other monetary union, will sooner or later collapse. The sooner each country leaves the euro, the better. The dilemma the peoples of Europe face is: either the dictatorship of the markets or democracy and an economy based on the needs of the peoples. The meeting closed its works with important conclusions and the promise that: a) The participants although they are democratic movements against any form of extremism suffer from being banned from all mainstream media . However they observe that in every country the same mainstream media grant an extended coverage to far- right parties , confusing as a matter of fact the citizens by associating the need to leave the euro and the EU with the far- right ideology. b) The important two-day Athens Meeting is the start of a steady and active cooperation between the movements that took part , in the frame of mutual respect to the national identity of each one. c) The meeting will be the beginning of the liberation of peoples of Europe, who deserve to build their own democracy and their own economy. d) All participants in this international meeting committed themselves to intensify their efforts and become active in increasing the number of movements – all over Europe as well as worldwide – in the steps outlined by the Meeting of Athens.

Singed by: 1. EPAM (United People’s Front) –Greece 2. Union Républicaine Populaire – France 3. Per Il Bene Commune –Italy 4. Asociación Democracia Real Ya – Spain 5. Campaign for an Independent Britain – Britain 6. Alza Il Pugno/Eurotruffa –Italy 7. Economia Per I Cittadini – Italy 8. National Platform –Ireland 9. Mouvement Politique d’Emancipation Populaire – France 10. IPU – Finland

TEAM BOARD MEMBERS 2013-2014

The Annual General Meeting of TEAM in Riga, SEptember 20-22, 2013, elected this Board:

Alain Bournazel, bournazel.alain@neuf.fr, Rassemblement pour l’indépendance de la France (RIF), France

Antti Pesonen pesa@japo.fi, Independence Party, Finland

Dora Debeljak, dora.debeljak@gmail.com> June List, Slovenia

Helle Hagenau, hhagenau@online.no, No to EU, Norway

Karoline Runestad runestadkaroline@gmail.com, Youth Against EU, Norway

Lave K. Broch, lave@folkebevaegelsen.DK, The People’s Movement Against the EU, Denmark

Luise Hemmer Pihl, skrodhoj@gmail.com, People’s Movement, Denmark,

Normunds Grostins normunds.grostins@gmail.com, Party of Democratic Action, Latvia

Patricia Mary McKenna, pmmckenn@tcd.ie, People’s Movement, Ireland/Eire

The People's Movement, Ireland, 1972 Campaign Exhibition

Look at the once-off news-sheets and special issue editions of regular newspapers produced for the 1972 Referendum Campaign outlining arguments in favour and against Ireland joining the EEC (EU)

The “Ireland into EEC - The 1972 Debate” Exhibition will be Launched at 7.00 pm on Saturday evening the 16th November 2013 in the Culture Box (opposite Charlie’s 11 and next door to The Stage Door coffee shop), 12 East Essex Street, Templebar, Dublin 2

Exhibition will run from Sat 16th to Thur 21st inclusive from 12.00 to 6.00

Free Admission

Denmark’s People’s Movement is ready for the EU parliamentary elections

Rina Ronja Kari, Lave K. Broch and Ole Nors will be the front figures in the election campaign of the Danish People’s Movement against the EU.

The three top candidates will lead a team of 20 candidates, representing almost all political opinions.

The present representative in the EU parliament, Søren Søndergaard, wants to return to Danish politics after seven years in Brussels and Strasbourg.

Opinion polls indicate that the People’s Movement is standing a good chance to gain two representatives.

Their mission in the EU Parliament will be dual: They will oppose further transfer of power from the national democracy to the EU, and they will work for the least harmful solutions in the areas where the EU has gained the power.

The ultimate aim of the People’s Movement (not to be confused with the Danish People’s Party) is for Demark to leave the EU.

Norway’s No to EU wants referendum on leaving the EEA

The Annual General Meeting of No to EU (November 22-24 2013) will work for a referendum on Norway’s continued membership of the European Economic Agreement (EEA) which makes Norway a de facto member of the Single Market of the European Union, excepting, however, farming and fisheries.

Another top priority of the organization in 2014-15 will be a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the second No to EU membership in the 1994 referendum. (The first No was in the 1972 referendum.)

But 2014 will also see the anniversary of the ending of another union. In 1814, after 400 years of the Danish-Norwegian double monarchy, Norway became an independent nation and adopted a democratic constitution which was unique in its day.

No to EU intends to emphasize the connection between the two historical events and their importance for democracy.

Latvian Governments decision to join Euro grossly irresponsible and reckless says pan-European organization TEAM.

PRESS RELEASE

September 22, 2013

The Latvian Governments decision to join Euro is grossly irresponsible and reckless, says pan-European organization TEAM.

Today, 22 September 2013, the pan-European EU critical organization T.E.A.M., at its Annual General Meeting in Riga, Latvia, unanimously adopted a motion condemning the Latvian Government’s intention to forge ahead with that country’s membership of the Euro zone. The organization stated that it was deeply regrettable that, against the wished of the vast majority of its own people, the Latvian Government was determined to join the Euro zone without a referendum, which would at least give the Latvian citizens the right to decide this crucial and almost irreversible decision.

The T.E.A.M. AGM held that it is grossly irresponsible and reckless for any government to railroad ahead with membership of the Euro during a time when this currency is in a deep and unpredictable crisis.

T.E.A.M has urged the Latvian Government to reconsider its position and to put the interests of its people and country ahead of the wishes and pressure of the European elite. T.E.A.M. stressed that it is still not too late for the Latvian Government to reverse its decision to join the Euro or at the very least allow the people of Latvia, through a referendum, the right to decide this fundament issue of national importance. This decision will have serious repercussions for Latvia’s ability to decide its own economic policy and will also result in Latvia being obliged to contribute vast amounts of taxpayer’s money to the EU bailout fund.

For further information:

Normunds Grostins – TEAM board member Latvia - 0037126667000

Lave Broch – TEAM board member Denmark – 004528922127

Patricia McKenna – TEAM board member Ireland - 00353872427049

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.

Please choose the section “TEAM MEETINGS” in the right had column for more information

Constitution of the European Alliance of EU-critical Movements (TEAM)

as amended at the AGM in Copenhagen, September 2012

Preamble

The European Alliance of EU-critical Movements (TEAM) was initially formed in 1992 as The European Anti-Maastricht Alliance by organisations opposing the federal development of the EU, as implied in the Maastricht Treaty on European Union. The first Constitution of TEAM was adopted at a re-foundation meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 3 March 1997. TEAM is comprised of democratic, non-racist parties and organizations which, by peaceful means, work for a Europe of free democratic co-operating states and nations.

TEAM and its affiliates are opposed to the main political objective of the Maastricht Treaty, namely, the creation of a highly centralised, undemocratic, supranational political union in Europe. We consequently oppose the subsequent Amsterdam and Nice Treaties, as well as European Economic and Monetary Union, which reinforce the development of the EU into a single European State.

Our opposition to and criticism of this development is based on our concern for the basic principles of democracy. A healthy democracy has to be built from below. Policy decisions should be made so far as possible at national, regional and local levels, by people who know local conditions and who are themselves affected by those conditions. Far-reaching centralisation of power, whether political or corporate, weakens democracy and a well-functioning national and local economy.

Democracy should be based on engaged and active citizens, which is the best guarantee of popular participation in and influence upon policy-making processes. It demands free and fair public debate, and representative, accountable and transparent elected institutions.

TEAM and its affiliates uphold the self-determination of peoples and nations as a fundamental human right and a basic principle of international law, enshrined in the United Nations Charter. National cultures are never static, but develop continually through interaction with other cultures. Nations and peoples may thereby enrich one another through mutual co-existence and international co-operation. This leads to greater understanding between peoples and strengthens the ties between them.

Fruitful international co-operation has to be based on mutual respect and support for national democracy and sovereignty. Otherwise international co-operation will be fragile and lose legitimacy. Stable and fruitful international relations require independent voices. The rights of small nations need particularly to be respected.

The construction of the European Union(EU) is fundamentally undemocratic. Decision-making power in the EU is primarily in the hands of persons who are not elected by citizens and are not democratically responsible for their actions. The EU is built on the principles of centralisation, bureaucracy and hidden decision-making. Basic accountability and transparency, which are essential for any well-functioning democracy, are lacking in the EU. The design of the Union and Community Treaties and the character of the institutions they establish, in particular the powerful law-initiating Commission and the supranational EU Court of Justice, has led to continual pressure for further EU integration. This leads, consequently, to a reduction in the national democracy and independence of the EU Member States.

Any co-operation in Europe that is determined or controlled by the major States is likely to create political division and tension. Europe’s history provides ample evidence of this. Stable international co-operation amongst Europe’s nations has to be based on respect for each country’s right to self-determination. TEAM and its affiliated member and observer organisations seek to foster and advance these principles in all appropriate ways and to that end have adopted this Constitution:

Article 1: Name

The name of the association is The European Alliance of EU-critical Movements (TEAM).

Article 2: Aims and Objects

To create awareness of how the current development of the EU threatens the democracy and right to self-determination of Europe’s peoples and nations; To encourage co-operation among TEAM’s affiliated organisations in defence of democracy and the right of national self-determination vis—vis the EU; To encourage international solidarity and support for particular European countries whose democracy and independence may be threatened by the EU.

A. Membership

Article 3: Affiliation to TEAM: member and observer status

European democratic non-racist organisations that support the above aims and objects may apply for affiliation to TEAM either as members or observers.

Article 4: Voting Rights

Member organisations have one vote each at the Annual General Meeting(AGM). Observer organisations do not have voting rights but do have speaking rights at the AGM.

Article 5: Application for Affiliation

Applications for membership or observer status with TEAM should be made in writing to the Board. The organisation applying for affiliation should provide such information regarding its constitution, aims and objects and activities as the Board may request.

Admission to affiliation may be made on the unanimous recommendation of the Board at a properly convened meeting and the unanimous approval of the affiliated member organizations notified by mail. The decision is subject to subsequent approval by simple majority at the next AGM, or by the AGM deciding on an application directly by two-thirds of the vote cast.

Article 6: Disciplinary Procedure

If a member or observer organisation is considered to have violated the TEAM Constitution, it may be suspended by the Board for consideration at the next Annual General Meeting, where a decision will be taken on its continued affiliation to TEAM by a minimum two-thirds majority of the votes cast.

B. Institutions

Article 7:

The institutions of TEAM are:

  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM),

  • The Board.

Article 8: The Annual General Meeting

The AGM shall be composed of representatives of member and observer organisations and shall meet once a year. It shall be convened by the Board, which shall propose the agenda. At least six weeks before the AGM papers to be decided upon at the AGM shall be sent to all affiliated organsations by ordinary mail. These shall include an annual report from the Board, a treasurer’s and Auditor’s report, proposals for a working programme for the coming year, budget proposals and motions from member organizations and Board recommendations. Extraordinary General Meetings shall be convened at the request of at least ten of TEAM’s member organizations and shall be held at a minimum of six weeks’ notice.

Article 9: Work of the Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting shall:

• receive and approve an Annual Report from the Board;

• receive the Treasurer’s report including financial accounts;

• receive the Auditor’s report and approve the Treasurer’s report;

• decide on affiliation applications;

• decide on motions from member organizations and recommendations from the Board on particular issues;

• decide the working programme for the year;

• decide on annual affiliation fees;

• decide on the budget for the year;

• elect Board members and substitutes, the Coordinator and an Auditor.

Article 10: The Board elections

The Board shall propose candidates, as may member organisations at the AGM, and the AGM shall elect its members.

TEAM’s member organisations may propose candidates for the Board to the subsequent AGM. The names of all candidates for the Board shall be notified by the Board to TEAM’s affiliated organisations at least two weeks before the AGM.

Article 11: The Board

The Board shall be composed of six members, three substitutes and the Coordinator, elected by the Annual General Meeting. The first, second and third substitute shall have the right to attend Board meetings, according to their order, when a member is not able to attend.

The Board elects from among its members a Treasurer, who may not be the Coordinator. The Board Members should attend the AGM with speaking and voting rights. The Board shall deliberate whenever necessary and at least four times a year and be convened by the Coordinator. Extraordinary Board Meetings shall be convened at the request of at least half of its members. Decisions in the Board are taken by simple majority.

If the TEAM Coordinator resigns, the TEAM Board can elect a replacement from amongst the Board. If either the TEAM Coordinator or a Board member resigns the first substitute becomes a full Board member. The Board may co-opt an expert on a particular issue for a limited time when required. The person would have speaking but not voting rights.

Article 12: Work of the Board

The Board shall:

• oversee the running of TEAM between annual meetings and implement the decisions of the AGM;

• express the common views of TEAM;

• encourage liaison and co-operation between TEAM’s affiliates;

• establish and supervise working groups where relevant and approve TEAM statements;

• supervise the work of a Secretary-General and such other staff as TEAM may have, and decide on their appointment when that arises;

• accept new affiliates into membership subject to confirmation by the AGM and/or make recommendations on affiliation to the AGM;

• present an Annual Report and Treasurer’s Report to the AGM;

• present a proposal for a working programme for the coming year to the AGM;

• present recommendations to the AGM for decisions to be taken on relevant issues;

• present a proposal for a budget for the coming year to the AGM;

Article 13: Auditor

An Auditor shall be elected by the AGM to oversee the Board’s financial handling.

Article 14: Voting

TEAM meetings shall endeavour to reach the widest possible degree of consensus on issues. If a vote is necessary decisions shall be taken by simple majority of votes cast, unless otherwise provided for in this Constitution. Voting as a rule shall be by show of hands. Upon request a recorded vote shall be taken.

C. Finance

Article 15: Finance

TEAM and its activities shall be financed by membership and observer status fees, and donations. TEAM shall not accept any financial contribution from a source that could be seen by its affiliates and the Board as liable to damage its integrity or reputation.

Article 16: Affiliation Fees

Annual affiliation fees shall be decided by the AGM.

D. Constitutional Change

Article 17: Constitutional Change

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast at an AGM, provided that notice of the proposed amendments has been submitted in writing to all member organizations of TEAM not less than four weeks in advance of the meeting.

Annual General Meeting TEAM Riga, September 20 to 22, 2013

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

Senior Economist Predicts: Several Countries Will Leave the Euro

Thomas Mayer, Senior Economist of Deutsche Bank, predicts that several countries will leave the euro. According to him, politicians will want more national sovereignty and a stronger currency, according to Dagens Industri, Denmark.

The first country to leave will be Finland. Already the country has ceased to take full part in the bailout operations and demands full security for its contributions, says Thomas Mayer and adds that Finland want to protect itself from Russia and does not see the Euro cooperation as the right instrument.

In Germany the issue of the Euro is going to be crucial in the 2017 general election. The country will want the cooperation to return to its original non-political form, Mayer says, adding:

”It was designed almost as a gold standard. The idea was that the union should be made without political interference, leaving the responsibility for their own monetary policy, financial issues and banking to the countries.”

Source: Dagens Industri, Denmark, July 4th, 2013. http://www.top1000.dk/nyheder/topoekonom-flere-lande-vil-forlade-euroen-avis

The Beginning of the End for the Euro?

In February Germany saw the birth of a new party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD, Alternatives for Germany). By April 14th it had 7,500 members, and 1,300 of them participated in the inaugural conference in Berlin on that date. An assembly of top businessmen, lawyers, economists and academics joined forces against the single currency, the euro. Their arguments, as set out in the party’s programme, were on the whole the same as were set down in April 2013 by 12 German and French economists. The list of signatories to the AfD manifesto is impressivei and has no affinity with”the usual suspects”.

The spokesman of AfD, Bernd Lücke, is neither a eurosceptic nor an europhobe in the sense that he wants Germany to leave the European Union. Quite on the contrary.

”As true Europeans, we need to abandon the Euro,” he says, pointing to the damage that the single currency has so far done to the countries that adopted it.

And the established parties as well as political commentators are taking AfD seriously. A recent opinion poll suggests that about 26 per cent of the Germans would consider giving their vote to a eurosceptic party. Even Oskar Lafontaine, the German finance minister who launched the euro, has called for a break-up of the single currency to let southern Europe recover, according to Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Daily Telegraph on May 5th, 2013.ii

Latvia is next on the list of countries that are expected to join the euro. On February 1st the Latvian parliament voted on the issue. The result was 52 in favour and 40 against joining. And now Iveta Grigule, member for the Greens and Farmers, is trying to get 34 MPs to sign a petition to the president, asking him to call a referendum on the issue.iii

The president of Latvia’s constitutional court, Gunars Kutris, supports the initiative. ”All aspects considered the country is entitled to a referendum on the euro,” he says.

An opinion poll in December 2012 showed that 68 per cent would say no.

In April Slovenia joined the group of euro countries in financial trouble. This is surprising, as the country’s public debt is only 53.9 per cent of its GNP. The EU’s limit is 60 percent). But two big banks owned by the Slovenian state are in a serious crisis, threatening the economy of the small state.iv

From February 21st to March 4th a YouGov poll in six countries showed growing euroscepticism. In the UK and in Sweden there was even a majority for leaving the Union.

42 percent of the Britons were in favour of leaving and 36 per cent would stay. A poll in January resulted in a tie, as 38 per cent wanted to leave and 38 per cent would stay.

In Sweden 44 per cent would leave, whereas 41 would stay. In January there was a 43 per cent majority for staying as against 41 per cent would leave.

In Finland, Germany, Denmark and France euroscepsis is growing, but these countries still have a clear majority for staying.

But in all the six countries an overwhelming majority of the voters are of opinion that the EU has too much power.v

The latest Norwegian poll confirms that the country is unlikely to have a third referendum on EU membership. 70 per cent would vote no.

And Iceland is expected to withdraw its application for membership after the recent election, resulting in two eurosceptic parties taking over the government.

Luise Hemmer Pihl

This article will appear in the Spring 2013 issue of the NEW EUROPEAN (see www.nereuropean.org)

i See https://www.alternativefuer.de/ ii http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10039329/German-euro-founder-calls-for-catastrophic-currency-to-be-broken-up.html#mm_hash iii http://www.folkebevaegelsen.dk/nyheder/article/letland-soger-om-optagelse-i iv Notat 1259, May 2013 v http://www.folkebevaegelsen.dk/nyheder/article/svenskerne-vil-ud-af-eu

Where the political powers reign and hide

Danish parliamentarians get ready to adopt a new access law with politically sensitive documents kept secret by definition. Undemocratic and outrageouls arrogant, critics say about the ”Yes-Minister-law”.

Denmark’s reputation as a pro-transparent country is at stake, warns leading expert in media law Oluf Jørgensen: ”This will draw international attention,” he says, pointing at a unique possibility to conceal reports from a minister to a closed circle of parliamentarians:

”This is in clear breach with the principle of division of powers”

Tim Knudsen, a professor in political science has a similar comment:

”Slotsholmen (home of the parliament and governmental departments on a tiny island in Copenhagen) shields itself and weakens democracy.”

These comments are triggered by a proposed new legislation on access to official documents. One single paragraph causes the uproar:

”The right of access does not include internal documents and information exchanged at a time when there is specific reason to believe that a minister has or will have a need for the advice from an civil service and assistance between:

1) A ministry department and its subordinate authorities.

2) Various ministries.”

An agreement culture

In a previous version, tabled by the then liberal-conservative government, this clause was explicitly called exemption for ”services to ministers”. This should not be mixed up with ”internal working papers”, known in many access laws, as the exemption covers documents in their final version as well as document sent to and from different ministerial department and authorities.

As the proposal now has been re-tabled by the present government (centre-left) the provocative and ridiculed term ”services to ministers” has been deleted.

Minister of Justice Morten Bødskov (Social Democrats) argues that the change of words is important, while representatives of the former government fail to see the change in substance.

The urge among Danish politicians to ring-fence correspondence between authorities and ministers can be explained by an established culture where parties enter into pre-legislative negotiations and agreements before proposals are officially tabled.

This is demonstrated at length by how the proposed law has been dealt with.

Behind closed doors

As journalists grew aware of what was in the making they asked for access to documents related to the secretive talks between the former and the present government. This was denied.

Also, suggestions to make the new proposal subject to an official hearing have been rejected.

”This is outrageously arrogant,” says Pernille Skipper, MP of the Red-Green Alliance a leftist party, being part of the government’s political platform in the parliament. Right wing Danish People’s party and Liberal Alliance oppose the proposal as well.

None of the three parties have themselves held governmental positions, contrary to the parties now backing the law.

The EU-style

According to the critics some of the well known political affairs recently would most likely not had been known by the public had the proposed law been in force.

This includes deliberate attempts by the previous government to bypass international conventions on refugees, and a on going case about prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s personal taxes. In this case members of the former government are suspected of having intervened in decisions taken by the tax authorities, with the purpose to discredit a political opponent.

In spite of the strong criticism, it is assumed that the proposal will pass in Parliament later in spring as a majority of the parties already have agreed to adopt the law.

Readers known to the political process in the EU would recognise this as a parallel to the so called trilogs (”three partite negotiations”) where the Commission and the Council negotiate with representative of the Parliament behind closed doors, leaving the public in the dark, and non-participants only to accept a done deal.

Staffan Dahllöf is a Swedo-Danish journalist specialising in EU issues

The Horsemeat Scandal

As far as I am concerned people may eat as much horse meat as they like. As much, anyhow, as they can eat of e.g. cow, calf, chicken or crab. As long, that is, as the animals have been treated properly before setting out for the journey through the abattoir and on to the diming table.

Consequently, concerning the recent horse meat scandal, my indignation is not aroused by the present of horse meat – but by what the scandal reveals: that the EU food control has broken down in the most pathetic way, and that we, the consumers, are left at the mercy of organised criminals and unscrupulous food manufacturers in the sacred name of the Single Market.

In the EU animals are a commodity, alive or frozen, subjected to the unlimited free movement within the Union. Consequently it is not unusual for a pork chop to have travelled all over Europe before ending up on my frying pan. The horses of the recent scandal were slaughtered in Romania, sold to the Netherlands, sold on again to Cyprus in order to be bought by a French company which sent the meat to be processed at a factory in Luxembourg, after which the resulting product was sent by way of Swedish-based Findus to the frozen foods counters in most EU countries. But the EU Single Market is not only a single market for goods, but also for crimes. And during its journey the meat was “transformed” from being cheap horse meat to becoming expensive beef. And the super profit went straight into the pockets of criminals, enabling them to bribe civil servants and politicians and thus become still more powerful. This is scary!

Consequently it is an understatement of the century when highly placed persons in the EU calls the horsemeat scandal a “labelling problem”. Naturally they are right in saying that it is in itself a scandal that what the labels say is not what the packets contain. When the label says “beef” the consumer should as a matter of course be able to trust that the packet contains beef.

But the true scandal is that this has been taking place for months without being found out and stopped immediately. And that there is no guarantee that there is not more of the same out there in the shops. In this specific case the problem was not discovered until the Irish food control happened to test 27 burger products and to find traces of horse DNA in 10 of them. In some cases there was 75 per cent horse meat in a beef burger!

But horse meat is not dangerous, some people will say. And that is quite right: horse meat as such is not dangerous. Unless, that is, it is full of remnants of medicine because it comes from horses who have been given medicine against various diseases. It could be horse AIDS which is quite widespread in Romania.

But if it is possible for organised criminals to swindle over the sort of meat they will also be able to swindle over the quality of the meat. This leads to the harsh fact that at present the authorities are unable to guarantee be it species, quality or health in manufactured foods. The uninhibited travelling of meat products around the EU proves that the market for foods is out of control.

The short term solution would be to establish an efficient national food control which does not give a contract for the task to foreign authorities, mafia controlled abattoirs or private super market chains whose first priority is profit. In the long run we need a fundamental change in the way food is organised. It is, among other things, about bringing an end to the long transports of living and dead animals, ensuring a connection between where the animals are raised, where they are slaughte

In both cases such solutions will clash with the EU Single Market rules. That means that we shall have to make a choice. The alternative will be more scandals discovered – and still more scandals remaining undiscovered.

Søren Søndergaard is MEP for The Danish People’s Movement Against the EU Translation: Luise Hemmer Pihl

TEAM Borard 2012-13

The new Board, elected at the AGM, consists of the following persons:   Patricia McKenna, Co-ordinator People’s Movement, Ireland – pmmckenn@tcd.ie – patriciam.mckenna

Lave Broch, Treasurer People’s Movement, Denmark – lave@folkebevaegelsen.dk - lavebroch

Alain Bournazel Rassemblement pour l’independance de la France, France – bournazel.alain@neuf.fr – alain.bournazel

Helle Hagenau No to EU, Norway – hhagenau@online.no – helle.hagenau

Luise Hemmer Pihl People’s Movement, Denmark – skrodhoj@gmail.com – luisehemmerpihl1

Karoline Runestad Youth against EU, Norway – karoline@umeu.no - karolinerunestad

Mikko Korhonen Alternative to EU, Finland – mikko.p.korhonen@helsinki.fi - mikkohorho

Normund Grostins Ricibas Party, Latvia – normunds.grostins@gmail.com – normunds.grostins

Dora Debeljak Slovenia – dora.debeljak@gmail.com – soncka27   Format: name, position (if applicable), organisation, e-mail, Skype name I hope all the above information is correct 

TEAM Annual General Meeting 2012

TEAM AGM 2012 on September 23, 2012 Venue: Red Green Alliance office, Studiestræde 24, Copenhagen Meeting started at 10:15 Participants: Patricia McKenna (People’s Movement, Ireland), Lave Broch (People’s Movement, Denmark), Inger Johansen (Red Green Alliance, Denmark), Esben Madsen (Youth against the EU, Denmark), Muriel Sadlear (Ireland), Anthony Coughlan (National Platform, Ireland), Dora Debeljak (Slovenia), Jesper Morville (People’s Movement, Denmark), Mikko Korhonen(Finland), Pål Olerud (Youth against EU, Norway), Frida Angell (Youth against EU, Norway), Jonas Wenberg (No to EU, Norway), Karoline Runestad (Youth against EU, Norway), Helle Hagenau (No to EU, Norway), Marjatta Herrala (organisation, Finland), Thomas Eisler (Red Green Alliance, Denmark), Normund Grostins (Party of Democratic Action, Latvia), Peter Raben (Red Green Alliance, Denmark), Kjell Dahle (Centre Party, Norway). Chair: Patricia McKenna Minutes taken by Karoline Runestad 1) Apologies Luise Hemmer Pihl (TEAM Board), Young 4 Fun (Switzerland), People’s Movement against the EU (Sweden), Campaign against Euro-Federalism (Great Britain), Forum for Direct Democracy (Switzerland), PANA (Ireland). 2) Minutes of the 2011 AGM and matters arising The minutes were approved without any comments. 3) Financial report Lave presented the financial report for 2011-2012. There were no comments to the report. 4) Report over the work over the last year Helle presented the work of the Board during the past year.

TEAM placed an advertisement in Croatia just before the referendum. TEAM also contributed to the People’s Movements campaign in Ireland by buying prints.

Discussions on the political situation in Croatia and Ireland, in the EU in general and in the Eurozone in particular.

The web site has been updated, and we have created a new fan page on Facebook. We have also gone through all of the affiliated organisations of TEAM to see if they are still in existence, new addresses, e-mails etc.

There were no comments to the work done during the past year.

5) Endorsement of new affiliates to TEAM. Normunds Grostins presented the Ricibas Party (Party of Democratic Action). “Kustiba par Neatkaribu”, the current TEAM affiliate, is now a part of the Ricibas Party, and the party wants to join TEAM. The Board asked the AGM to get the mandate to make the final decision of making them an affiliate after seeing the party’s programme. The AGM endorsed this proposal.

6) Programme of work for 2012/2013 Dora presented the programme of work.

TEAM will continue the upgrade of the website and our page at Facebook.

TEAM is also going to complete the membership review, and try to broaden the network by getting new affiliates and member organisations.

TEAM should, of course, stay updated on the development of the EU and Euro.

Further comments: Lave: TEAM should support the Latvians to get a referendum for the Euro. Helle: The TEAM board cannot possible now [report] all what is happening in the different countries and organisations, so if there are activities where TEAM could contribute the organisations is welcome to contact the board.

7) Report of the Nomination Committee Jesper Morville of the Nomination Committee presented the recommendations from the committee. Dora, Karoline, Alain, Lave, Patricia, Luise and Helle are all willing to continue on the Board. The committee have not been able to get in touch with Olli, and Mikko is proposed as a member of the Board instead. Normunds is also proposed as a new member of the Board.

The recommendation of the Nomination committee: Patricia McKenna (People’s Movement, Ireland) Lave Broch (People’s Movement against the EU, Denmark) Alain Bournazel (Rassemblement pour l’Indépendance de la France, France) Helle Hagenau (No to EU, Norway) Luise Hemmer Pihl (People’s Movement against the EU, Denmark) Karoline Runestad (Youth against EU, Norway) Mikko Korhonen (Alternative to EU, Finland) Normunds Grostins (Party of Democratic Action, Latvia) Dora Debeljak (Slovenia)

8) Election of board The recommendation of the Nomination Committee is approved unanimously. Patricia is re-elected as Coordinator and Lave as Treasurer.

9) Amendments to the TEAM Constitution Anthony presented the suggestion to stop having a Nomination Committee. The Committee does not work the way it should, and therefore there is no use of having it.

The AGM decided to abolish the Nomination Committee and amend the Constitution accordingly, i.e. Article 7 Institutions and Article 10: The Nomination Committee and Board election.

10) Election of Nominations Committee As a consequence of the preceding item 9 (Amendments to the constitution), the item was dropped from the agenda.

12) Written reports from affiliates and delegates. There were no written reports from the organisations. The delegates give an oral presentation of the political situation and the organisation’s work of the present year.

11) Discussion on future operation of TEAM and TEAM board Lave opened the discussion on the future operation of TEAM. The Board had a discussion on this yesterday, and a couple of ideas were presented. The conclusion was that the Board has to be more active and take their duties more seriously to save TEAM’s future. There is no need for an organisation that does not have any activities…

Anthony presented a paper on “Nation, state sovereignty and the European Union - 16 democratic principles” he prepared for the AGM. It was suggested that TEAM could arrange a conference of some sort.

It is a problem that the list of affiliated organisations is decreasing. Helle has been in contact with a few organisations who might be interested in becoming affiliated with TEAM. Instead of arranging our own conference we could also use the already existing meeting points and conferences for meeting new organisations and making contacts for TEAM.

One of the most important tasks of TEAM is helping the member organisations and affiliated organisations campaigning; for example helping Latvia campaigning against joining the Euro zone. TEAM has limited resources and cannot do everything – the resources might be best put to use spent on campaigning rather than arranging a conference.

Co-operation with the EUD is also an alternative. The EUD has more financial resources than TEAM and could help out with some of the expenses, but there are restrictions on the EUDs funding. It would be possible to arrange EUD and TEAM meetings close to each other so that we save expenses without joining them or having a formal relation.

The Board will continue the discussion of the future operation of TEAM on the Board meetings. The Board will also decide where to arrange the AGM next year at its first Board meeting. The meeting closed at 12:20.

PROGRAMME FOR THE TEAM AGM 2012

PROGRAMME FOR THE TEAM AGM 2012 (minor changes may occur)

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

[TEAM board meeting from 10.30 to 12.00 at the People’s Movement office]

12.30-16.00 – Euro crisis and alternatives for a better European cooperation

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 get a referendum on the EU membership? By Chris Bruni-Lowe, People’s Pledge (UK)

13.10-13.40 Questions

13.40-14.00 Break

14.00-14.45 The euro crises and how European cooperation be built without the European Union

Kjell Dahle, former secretary general for the Centre Party (Norway) Søren Søndergaard, Member of the EU Parliament for the Danish People’s Movement against the EU. Normund Grostins, board member of EUD from Ricibas Party (Latvia)

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 does 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

13.00-14.00 Lunch

PROGRAMME FOR THE TEAM AGM 2012

PROGRAMME FOR THE TEAM AGM 2012 (minor changes may occur)

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

[TEAM board meeting from 10.30 to 12.00 at the People’s Movement office]

12.30-16.00 – Euro crisis and alternatives for a better European cooperation

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 get a referendum on the EU membership? By Chris Bruni-Lowe, People’s Pledge (UK)

13.10-13.40 Questions

13.40-14.00 Break

14.00-14.45 The euro crises and how European cooperation be built without the European Union

Kjell Dahle, former secretary general for the Centre Party (Norway) Søren Søndergaard, Member of the EU Parliament for the Danish People’s Movement against the EU. Normund Grostins, board member of EUD from Ricibas Party (Latvia)

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 does 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

13.00-14.00 Lunch

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