ECAS Newsletter Issue 2015 - 06

In This Issue 

Our Funding Guide 2015 - Now Available in Paper Copy in the European Bookshops!

For those interested in the paper version of our Funding Guide, a limited number of copies have been printed and are already available in the European bookshops in Brussels.

With over 250 pages, this year's edition is packed with all the information you need to know to identify the EU programme most relevant to your funding needs, in addition to some useful tips to help you prepare your application. Do not wait to get your copy!

Assya Kavrakova, the ECAS Director and Kenan Hadzimusic, Senior Manager, Programmes and Fundraising,  took an active part in the four-day Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy in Tunis from the 14 until the 17 May 2015.

The Forum discussed the advances in democracy in Tunisia and around the world with special emphasis on tools for participatory and direct democracy. In the Tunisian context, many of the interventions tackled the upcoming decentralization process and the necessary reforms which are needed to make it a success.   It offered a space for debate with prominent experts in the field on issues ranging from the relation between Islam and democracy, women and democracy, free trade and direct democracy, participative democracy, local democracy and the role of social media

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Photo credits: Cora Pfafferott, Democracy International

The Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion has invited ECAS to participate in the stakeholder consultation meeting on the Labour Mobility Package that the Commission is due to adopt by the end of the year. 

The Labour Mobility Package will include, inter alia, a proposal for a possible revision of Regulations (EC) Nos 883/2004 and 987/2009 on the coordination of social security systems, and a targeted review of Directive 96/71/EC on the posting of workers - issues in which ECAS is actively involved. 

The consultation meeting will take place on 17 June 2015. ECAS offers to its members and partners the opportunity to make their voices heard on these issues at this meeting. Contributions and comments may be sent to

Check them out here!

Members' Story of the Month



Active - Sobriety, Friendship and Peace invites you to take part
in the Active Summer Camp 2015!

Between the 2nd an the 8th of August, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Active will be organising the Active Summer Camp 2015 - FORTRESS in Bran (Romania), in partnership with the youth association Danube.EDU

The program will include outdoor activities, interesting creative and educational workshops led by passionate professionals, panel debates, exhibition on human rights and many other fun activities for young people and youth workers. The final program offers a palette of workshops to chose from during four working days and one day of organized excursion by the hosts.

More information on the Camp, registration and fees can be found at:

Are you an ECAS member interested in sharing an activity, a project or an event with us? Send us a short description and we will include it in our upcoming Newsletter!

EU Updates

Recent Elections in Poland and Spain Confirm the Urge to Rethink the EU Project

The local elections held in Spain on 24 May last marked a turning point in the Spanish political landscape, long dominated by two political parties –the conservative Popular Party and the Socialists- since the restoration of democracy in Spain following the end of dictatorship in the late 70s. 

The rise of anti-austerity forces, following the same trend as left-wing Syriza in Greece, together with the rise of euroscepticism across Europe, as shown in the last EP elections a year ago and more recently with the victory of the current MEP Andrzej Duda in the Polish Presidential elections, as well as the UK’ threat with ‘Brexit’, come as a prove that there is a pressing need to rethink the EU project if it is meant to survive, as noted by EU's Foreign Affairs Chief. 

Read full article here
 'Yes' Vote to Same-Sex Marriage Relaunches the Debate in Europe
Same sex marriage is soon to become legal in Ireland, following the majority ‘yes’ vote at the historic referendum held on 22nd of May to amend article 41 of the country’s Constitution in order to provide that marriage is recognised irrespective of the sex of the partners.

Legal requirements regarding civil marriage differ from one EU country to another – the main difference residing in the right of same-sex couples to get married or not. This translates into the fact that some countries recognise homosexual marriage, whether celebrated in the same country or abroad, while others do not. Such differing national practices may undermine the effective implementation of the rights granted to married couples, such as the free movement rights granted to the family members of EU citizens, as laid down in Directive 2004/38/EC, or the right to joint adoption. 

Read full article here

Photo credits: Clodagh Kilcoyne (Getty Images)
European Security Agenda for 2015-2020 Launched by the Commission

The Commission’s updated Agenda on Security was launched on 28 April in Strasbourg by Vice-President Frans Timmermans and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos. The Agenda replaces the previous strategy and follows a commitment made by President Jean-Claude Juncker in his Political Guidelines. 

The purpose of the Agenda is to set out the EU’s strategy to tackle security threats over the next five years. It will form the basis for cooperation and common action between the EU, its institutions, member states, civil society and other partners. The proposed measures are intended to address new security challenges faced by the EU, including the rise of terrorism, organized crime and cybercrime.

Read the full article here
EU Rights in the Spotlight 

In May 2015 the Advocate General of the ECJ Juliane Kokott resolved an important legal tangle in rules on residency rights caused by two conflicting provisions of the Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of the citizens of the EU and members of their family to move and reside freely within the territory of the member states.

In her opinion submitted to the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning the Case C-218/14 she argued that a third-country national loses his/her right of residence in the host Member State if the Union citizen to whom he/she is married departs from that Member State.

Access full description of the case here

Save the Date for ECAS Events!

  • 24-27 June: Study Visit of Turkish CSOs

EU Events Calendar

Civic Engagement, Civil Society and Information
Education, Youth and Culture
Regional Development and Sustainable Growth
Research & Innovation Social Inclusion, Employment and EU Rights
Sustainable Development & Environment

Open Public Consultations


Environment, Energy and Climate Action: 

Consultation on the preparation of a legislative proposal on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the European Union's greenhouse gas emission reduction commitment in a 2030 perspective
Deadline: 18 June 2015

Consultation on addressing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and LULUCF in the context of the 2030 EU climate and energy framework
Deadline: 18 June 2015

Consultation on EU Timber Regulation Review
Deadline: 3 July 2015

Consultation as part of the 'fitness check' for EU nature legislation (Birds Directive, Habitats Directive)
Deadline: 24 July 2015

Consultation on EU ecolabel for fishery & aquaculture products
Deadline: 31 July 2015

Consultation on the establishment of the annual priority lists for the development of network codes and guidelines for 2016 and beyond
Deadline: 10 August 2015

Consultation on the Circular Economy
Deadline: 20 August 2015

Consultation on the EU Action Plan on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade 
Deadline: 31 August 2015

External Relations:

Consultation on a New European Neighbourhood Policy
Deadline: 30 June 2015

Internal Market

Consultation on Remedies in Public Procurement
Deadline: 20 July 2015

Justice, Home Affairs and Fundamental Rights

Consultation on Equality between Women and Men in the EU
Deadline: 21 July 2015

Consultation on the EU Blue Card and the EU’s labour migration policies
Deadline: 21 August 2015

Public Health

Consultation on the implementation of an EU system for traceability and security features pursuant to Articles 15 and 16 of the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU
Deadline: 31 July 2015


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