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The Core Team

Citizens For Europe was initiated in 2010 by a small team of experts from several civil society organizations. For strategic development a Core Team was formed to drive this network further. The Core Team is the decision making body for support and development. It is here to help you connect with your peers all over Europe. It also develops tools and resources to help members grow and get visibility within the community.

Esther Durin

IHECS Academy

Teacher and European projects coordinator within a journalism school (IHECS). Esther is involved in several collaborative projects on media pluralism and on social and citizen-oriented journalism. She also coordinates training programmes in European non-profit communication and advocacy for IHECS further education centre.

Core Team tasks: follow-up of programmes and projects, communication

Topics: democracy, media pluralism and protection of journalists, penal policies and alternatives to prison, discourse analysis

Geographic area: mostly western and southern Europe

Languages: French, English, Spanish, Italian

Contactesther.durin@galilee.be

Réka Lörincz

AGABY e.V.
(Picture: (c) AGABY, photo: Moennsad)

Réka Lörincz is executive director of AGABY, the working committee of migration and integration advisory councils in Bavaria, Germany. Born in Hungary she lives in Germany since 2012 and also works as a mediator and coach. In her work she puts a special focus on human rights education, the fight against right wing extremism and racism as well as promoting the rights of ethnic minorities like Roma in Germany and Europe. Réka studied European Studies, English and Literature in Hungary before working in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry for 4 years. In this capacity, she was responsible for the  relations to South East Asia and the Pacific region.

Core Team tasks: auditor/ finances

Topics: migration-integration-inclusion, minorities, anti-discrimination, anti-racism, working against right-wing extremism, democratic participation, voting-rights

Geographic area: German-language countries, Central and Eastern Europe

Languages: English, German, Hungarian

Contact: reka.loerincz@agaby.de

Peter Matjašič

Open Society Initiative for Europe

Program officer within the accountability and participation unit of the Open Society Initiative for Europe, where he currently leads the protecting the right to hold governments to account portfolio. Peter is based in Barcelona and has been active in the field of youth work for 12 years, starting with the Young European Federalists and finishing as president of the European Youth Forum (2011–2014) advocating for the rights of young people and their organizations. He set up the English version of Le Taurillon webzine under the name thenewfederalist.eu, serving as its first editor-in-chief. Europe, tennis, and languages (he speaks eight) are his main passion.

Core Team tasks: staff line management, grant making practice, partnerships with funders

Topics: accountability, democratic practice, future of Europe, LGBTIQ+, participation, right to protest, youth, and whistleblowing

Geographic area: Southern- and Western Europe plus Slovenia and the Western Balkans

Languages: Slovenian, English, German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, French, and Serbo-Croatian

Contactpeter.matjasic@opensocietyfoundations.org, or @curlyP

Christian Miess

Christian Miess is the Network Coordinator at Citizens For Europe. He connects the community, maintains and creates work processes in the background, making it possible for all members of Citizens for Europe and the Core Team to work together effectively. His interests are the diverse connections between people, media and politics.

As a Network Coordinator, transparency and accountability are the central prerequisites for his work in the Core Team. To achieve trustful and long term cooperation between partners on translocal level, he puts a focus on the development of effective communication and exchange processes between civil society organizations.

Core Team tasks: Network Coordinator

Topics: voting rights, deliberation, civic tech

Geographic area: Europe/ EU

Languages: English, German, Italian

Contactmiess@citizensforeurope.eu  or @miess

Laetitia Veriter

Between Paris and Brussels, Laetitia has been working with civil society networks for the past ten years. As Program Manager, she is particularly involved in the external communications and strategic development of the platform (including partnerships and projects).

Laetitia is always happy to meet members/organisations, discover new initiatives, and connect non-profit actors. So, if you happen to have interesting projects, she will gladly explore potential collaborations with you!

Core Team tasks: Program Manager

Topics: Citizen participation, democratic innovations, civil society networks, future of Europe.

Geographic area: Europe/ EU

Languages: French, English, Spanish

Contactveriter@citizensforeurope.eu or @LtitiaV