Europe needs us. Let’s go vote

Uncategorized @en - 09/05/2019 - Doris Priplata

On this eve of the European Union’s day (9th of May) we are happy to share the following content. The text is the result of a joint effort that reflects the views shared by the nine Smart entities across Europe, inspired from a Memorandum for the European elections originally redacted by Smart in Belgium.

Smart invites you to participate and to cast your vote for the next elections, whether local, regional, national or European, because we trust this is one of the most important forms through which individuals can participate to a collective project – the society in which we live, we work and make our projects a reality.

Smart believes that Europe may allow enhanced forms of citizenship in which participation can be exercised, at all levels, through democratic methods that enable, where possible, direct representation. Alongside these measures, it is also necessary to foresee adequate mechanisms of separation of powers, control and audit of undertakings of those who bear executive responsibility of government, exercising powers according to subsidiarity principles.

In order for the right to citizenship to be exercised in full awareness and effectively, Smart also believes in the need to invest in lifelong learning, in culture and in cooperation: all these are useful instruments to overcome the fear of the other, to remain permeable to change, to create wealth, well-being and beauty, by enhancing differences.

These very instruments can also weave and help maintaining the effective networks that support private initiative and enterpreneurship, whether individual or collective, stimulating an environment that fosters and promotes sharing of resources and mutualisation of risks, reducing causes of inequalities and facilitating access to social protection for all, regardless of legal status, sex, sexual orientation, nationality or religion.

Smart : made in common

Let’s build our future together.

We also invite you to participate in our upcoming General Assemblies:

28/05 Stockholm, Sweden
31/05 Granada, Spain
18/06 Lille, France
19/06 Brussels, Belgium
22/06 Milan, Italy
24/06 Vienna, Austria
26/06 Berlin, Germany
Hungary (Budapest *) Netherlands (Rotterdam, *), *: See the websites.”