1948, right after WWII, Europeans do not want to experience war again. An historical meeting between European leaders is held in The Hague. They discuss new forms of cooperation for peace in Europe.
The European Movement is then created in order to promote and support European cooperation and integration.
Nowadays, the European Movement has sections in over 40 countries and brings together over 30 international organisations. The European Movement-Belgium is the Belgian section.
EMB s a bilingual and pluralistic civil society organisation.
The European Movement-Belgium is a civil society organisation open to adhesion from individual members, associations and private companies.
– Ideas, debates and actions for Europe!
– It promotes actively a democratic and united Europe, close to its citizens.
– The EMB offers various activities such as debates, cultural evenings, youth training etc. They are accessible to the general public and aim at a better understanding of the European Union through formation, information and by giving the opportunity to people to share opinions.
– Debates : The European Movement-Belgium promotes constant discussion on current European issues and prospectives of the EU.
– Mediterranean Noons : Lunchtime discussions on the mediterranean policy of the EU. In collaboration with MEDEA Institute.
– Cultural Evenings, “Discover Europe” : Unique opportunities to explore the cultural diversity of EU member states and candidates. With this initiative, The European Movement-Belgium aims at putting together the various communities of Brussels, capital of Europe. With the support of Région Bruxelles-Capitale.
– Youth : Information Days on the EU in secondary schools and Training weekends (visiting the European Parliament in Strasbourg and/or the Court of Justice in Luxembourg for instance).
– Through the years, the European Movement-Belgium developed a wide range of contacts with diplomatic representations and cultural centres of EU countries and candidate countries based in Brussels, as well as with several Belgium ministries, European institutions, political parties, European organisations, universities, schools, community networks of women, youth ….
– Thanks to this broad network, the European Movement-Belgium is in direct contact with the concrete realities of the civil society. The European Movement-Belgium also acquired a strong communication expertise through its field work.
– Convinced that young people have a key role to play in the future of Europe, the European Movement-Belgium has a “Youth Committee” that brings together students and young workers, concerned by European issues.