Friday, 23 August 2013

21 days to go!

Where we stand:

The Rock the Union tour project was created June 9th 2013. 

It was started June 10th 2013. 

It has since become a known project for more than 1700 followers in the different social networks. 

It attracted until now 
  • the President of the European Movement International, 
  • the head of the European think tank European Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin and  
  • the President of the European Economic and Social Committee, 
  • 14 European civil society organisations and 
 the organisational support of members of the administration from 
  • the European Commission, 
  • the European Council, 
  • the Council of European Municipalities & Regions. 

The problem:

We have sent out 153 emails to Europe Direct Offices and received 3 answers within the last 9 weeks, of which only one is officially willing and actually happy to support the Rock the Union tour project and its organisation. Maybe this is due to the holidays and the vacations. However, we think there should be more.

We wrote to the Committee of the Regions and did not receive one answer in 9 weeks, which we also blame on the vacation and hope to receive an answer soon.

We have sent out emails to the European Parliament administration to gain support the Rock the Union tour and hope that now after ten weeks of preperation and discussion we will be able to work together with the European Parliament in Brussels and the local offices all over the EU.

We have stated towards every European Union institution which we have contacted, that we are not asking for money, but for organisational support, in exchange for a co-operation agreement. 

We got three times the answer, that there are open calls for grants which can be used for the Rock the Union tour. 

We have made clear that we are not interested in using the EU institution's money, tax payers money. 

We have explained that we are not interested to give anti-European actors in the current situation the possibility to attack the EU and the Rock the Union tour because of financial support. 

We have explained that direct financial support for the Rock the Union tour from the EU institutions will only be used for euro sceptics to show "...another waste of money, which is obviously a tour of the EU institutions to show off about how great the EU is." (recent comment in an email of a Euro sceptic).

We are not interested in the money of the European institutions. 

We do not want our reputation to be a creative mix between a used cars dealer and an insurance salesperson. 
  •  We do not distribute flyers or high gloss magazines;
  •  We are non partisan towards any European Political party. 
We are seeking the public debate in the whole European public with every citizens' interests. 
  • We do not want to promote federalism and 
  • we do not want to tell anybody whom to vote for. 
This is not a choice. 
It is a need. 

We want to ensure that everybody, whose interest is the development of the European Union towards a political Union, has a chance to communicate his or her opinions and ideas.

We guarantee a broader public than any other political public happening in the European Union will gather together in the coming ten months. 

The Rock the Union tour offers every co-operation partner the possibility to show 
who they are and what they are doing 
  • online 
  • off-line 
  • in print, 
  • radio and 
  • TV. 
We communicate the messages of our partners and offer them the chance to communicate their messages during our events. 

We guarantee an audience and the attention which is needed to kick-off the debate about Europe on the  
  • local, 
  • European and  
  • global level.
We know that the Rock the Union tour is dependent on the support of the European communicators. 

This tour is not manageable without the help of every 
  • European Union institution, 
  • their members,
  • European region,
  • municipality and 
  • and city;
  •  the European civil society 
  • its member organisations
  • their members
  • European citizen.

Rock the Union - together we change Europe!

Rock the Union 

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