The “Maison du Peuple d’Europe (MPE-HVE)” is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to develop a progressive and democratic European identity. The members of this organization are convinced that a “European People” exists, according to the principle developed by the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas. This is the principle of “constitutional patriotism”: a kind of patriotism that adheres to shared values. “Maison du Peuple d’Europe” was born in Brussels in 2013 in order to give an answer to the lack of a public European space and it works in favor of the progress, social issues and democracy.

Legal form
Non-profit organization

The aim of the organization is to develop shared values, by providing civil society organizations (trade unions and national non-profit-organisations active in fields such as social matters, human rights, cross-sector development of civil societies, but also mutual societies, cooperative enterprises and those of share ownership) and individuals with innovative tools in order to “report” on the activities of Belgian Parliamentarians and Senators who deal with European Affairs, Ministers and Secretaries of State in charge of European policies, as well as Members of the European Parliament.

Main Activities

1. To develop a network of influence on the European Union of the field-based civil society associations for the affirmation of a European citizen identity;

2. To apply for a democratic participation during legislative proposals drafting of the EU institutions, as well as regional or national ones – if they deal with European issues – through the social, political, economic and associative networks that are influential in Brussels;

3. To embody a social Europe in order to bring Europe and European citizens closer together


The aim of the MPE-HVE is to create a network which will include: On one side the great number of progressives and democrats who are based in Belgium who are usually organized in national associations and ngos that are active in the areas related to society, human rights, crossectoral development of civil societies, citizens’ participation, cooperatives, co-operative businesses and share ownership. On the other side, European policy makers • that is to say Belgian parliamentarians who work in the field of European Affairs, Ministers and Secretaries of State whose duties are linked to European Policies and MEPs. The aim of this Maison du Peuple d’Europe is to support European objectives pursued by associations, and progressives and democrats citizens’ associations established in Belgium and elsewhere, in order to facilitate the emancipation of European workers, to attempt to influence legislative and political decisions (Lobbying). In this way the well-being and the quality of life of all Belgian inhabitants will be improved and a social and democratic vision of Europe will be developed.

Finance and Main Partners

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