EVS4ALL started an online petition you can sign and share!23 June 2015
As EVS4ALL moves forward, the project partners took a moment to reflect upon the petition that started it all: “We are Europe: Manifesto for Rebuilding Europe from the Bottom Up”. It was signed by 100 internationally renowned personalities and called upon the European Union and its member states to provide more funding for exchange programs and voluntary services, that all generations and social groups may have the opportunity to get involved with their European neighbors:
“[…] We, the undersigned, wish to provide a mouthpiece for European civil society. For this reason, we are asking the European Commission and national governments, the European Parliament and national parliaments to create a Europe of actively employed citizens and to secure the financial and legal requirements for the European Year of Volunteering for Everyone – as a counter-model to the top-down Europe, the Europe of elites and technocrats that has prevailed up to now that considers itself responsible for forging the destiny of the citizenry of Europe – if need be, against its will. For it is this unspoken maxim of European politics that is threatening to destroy the entire European project. […]”
We have decided, based on the original petition, to once again write to the European Commission and national governments, the European Parliament and national parliaments, to call for support for the creation of a European civil society through accessible European Voluntary Service. Our petition can be found at change.org, a hub of online petitions for good causes. Find the petition here, support us with your signature, and share it with those you know!