Dear Young Greens all over Europe!
We would like to introduce you our activity plan. What is an activity plan in FYEG? It is an important document to outline political, educational and
internal activities, which are embedded in a mid- and long-term strategy.
The activity plan we introduce to you is supposed to be readable- we do not want to get caught in details. Nevertheless, we do not want to leave you alone
with this short outline. For further explanations, you will find attachments on the timeline, partners, communication and further concepts. The activity
plan is supposed to be a framework for the work of the Executive Committee. The frame itself is set by the General Assembly and thus the Member
Organisations, yet the Executive Committee may make modifications to the priorities and plan itself shall the political situation in European require it,
which would then be discussed with the Member Organisations.
The 2015-2016 Executive Committee
Cengiz, Iryna, Johannes, Laura, Marie, Morgan, Teo, Tornike
Aims, Analysis, Narratives
The Crisis of Europe: the old is dying and the new cannot be born
Today’s Europe is in upheaval and despair. We all experience a multiplicity of crisis. Beyond the economic, social and environmental crisis, Europe
experiences a political crisis which threatens our democracy. It is necessary to understand how this multiplicity is intertwined, such as how the economic
crisis leads to nationalistic and racist fear-mongering on the one hand and to economic dictatorship by neoliberal and conservative governing politicians
on the other hand. Neoliberalism is pouring oil into the fire. The result is even stronger far right political movements.
Since the 70’s the dogmas of neoliberal capitalism have haunted Europe, such as austerity, the destruction of the welfare state, the deregulation of
finance markets, outsourcing public infrastructure and crushing labor laws and social rights. The results of this ideology are not more freedom and
opportunities for all of us, but increasing inequality, poverty, unemployment, instability and fear. The rich have become richer, the poor have become
poorer. Inequality has grown on a national and global level.
But the World Crisis does not just describe the state of the economy caused by an insane profit orgy, which has been organized by Europe’s political elite.
It also describes our daily life. In these confusing and troubling times people feel isolated and ignored by far away media, political campaigners and
politicians, who are not able to grasp the people’s needs, especially young people’s need to make a decent living. There is an absence of strong,
progressive anti-establishment politics and of a lively democracy, which is more and more reduced to elections every few years and filled with empty
phrases and stupid soundbites. This corrupted democracy creates a huge void. This void is unfortunately filled by the racist and nationalistic imaginary
created by the far right.
Framing the Future of Europe
We need to experiment and create a new paradigm, which feeds peoples’ hopes and needs for a better living and strengthens the imagination, for the
struggles for a good life for everyone, and not just for a few. We need to create a positive and effective alternative project for Europe, that brings
people together and not separates people who are branded to be different. We want a Europe, where nobody has to fear to be different.
Thus, we as Young Greens want to provide a progressive compass in these times. Present-day Europe is not our responsibility as young greens, but changing
it is our shared responsibility. Such a compass entails a strong voice for social rights, for democracy and dignity of all people.
We should do this by developing the European wide Young Green community. This means to spread a common narrative, through going to our member
organisations, tell our story, imagine a political community which is not just local but transnational. We act locally, but our struggles are connected
through our ideas. Second, we do this by connecting our struggles with the struggles of other civil society movements and initiatives. This means to
develop networking strategies and be present at different kinds of mobilization as FYEG.
Parties rightfully do not inspire trust anymore, neither of the broader public nor of activists. However, they are still the necessary instruments for
progressive institutionalised politics. We therefore have to listen to the diversity of local movements, learn from them, support them and be part of them.
As a political youth organization, occupying the in-between space between grassroots civil society organisations and activists, and institutional politics,
it is our responsibility to support and create bottom-up politics and democratize Europe.
FYEG’s political priorities in terms of communication and events from June 2016 to December 2017 will be migration and refugees’ rights, the “Future of
Europe”, and climate justice. The Future of Europe will entail the question of the Brexit as much as gaining momentum against Austerity and the fight to
renew Europe’s democracy. Migration and Refugees’ rights, as well as climate justice, will be covered on the road to COP22 and our event in Marrakech.
Activities: Events and Communication
2016/2017 will be a year of trial and error. We will experiment with new formats of political outreach and events but also intensify and enhance what we
are good at and what we successfully established.
Going beyond traditional campaigning
We will focus on media activism. This entails, for instance, reporting about the Brexit referendum, visiting Member Organisations and telling their stories
to the rest of the MOs, struggles against austerity, decisive elections in Europe, and last but not least, solidarity with refugees and activism against
borders. Beyond that, this format also creates flexibility for ad-hoc developments. We will create temporary media teams for each mission and send these
teams to relevant activities about these issues. However it is not just about reporting, but also about creating progressive story lines. The key of our
media activism is to internationalize political debates and struggles, and by doing so connecting them. For creating better outreach we will enhance our
social media performance to reach more and more professional standards of communication. We will also invest time for investigation and trials of diverse
social media channels. We will continue to work with our current visual design and will enhance it. The Executive Committee, and especially the
co-Spokespersons, will be tasked to develop a general communication plan, which emphasizes to not just publish European-wide topics but frequent
developments in countries. This communication plan also involves the enhancement of the external communication of events of FYEG (social media, website
reporting), and the media strategy of the Federation.
Seminars will focus on the COP, on empowerment non-male actors in politics, the cooperation with the Global Young Greens and on Sex Education. In September
2016 there will be a study session in the European Youth Center on the latter topic. We are going to gather our member organizations to educate youth
workers and educators within our partner organisations and beyond to increase skills and knowledge to deal efficiently with those social and political
opponents who deny the youth the right to sex education. From COP22 to global solidarity: November 2016 to April 2017 will be marked by our effort to
connect Climate Change, Migration and Global Justice through our activities around COP22 in Marrakech and a global seminar that we will co-organize with
the Global Young Greens at the European and Global Greens Congress in Liverpool in April. We aim for organising an event targeted at women and none male
actors in politics’ in Turkey. This event would allow the young greens movements at national and European level to advance on objectives of inclusion,
gender equality and female and non-male empowerment and participation.
Going beyond small events
We want to balance smaller events and bigger events in the future. After the organisation of the summer camp in Serbia in July 2016 with 60 participants,
we aim to hold another, larger, more ambitious summer event with around 100 participants in 2017 . We will also retain the possibility of organising a
Twinning Cities networking and training activity in late 2016 or in 2017, according to the interest expressed by MOs.
Picking up from the idea that emerged from the strategic planning meeting in February 2016, of creating the possibility for bigger gatherings of young
Greens, 2017 will constitute the first step of what we hope will become a practice. In 2018, we could even aim for greater number of activists based on the
gained capacities and experience, as well as on the necessary longer preparation process that would allow a preparation such in advance Considering that
building a young green community is one of our fundamental priorities, such events in 2017 and 2018 will carry this spirit to the 2019’ European
Parliamentary elections. We want to establish the tradition of summer camps and put effort in fundraising them on a sustainable basis and not just
depending on flexible financial regimes. In terms of big events, we will evaluate after the 2016 camp the possibility to extend the 2018 summer camp to a
political summer festival of 300-400 participants.
In 2016/2017, we will also test European Action Days. As a federation we want to create our own action days. We suggest one or two of these to unite on one
single day our activists all over the continent to take action under one topical umbrella. The idea is to organize street actions and local events in many
European cities on the same topic and telling the same story adapted to the local context.
Pan-European Panel Series
The Executive Committee will evaluate the possibility of pan-European Panel debates together with MOs. The idea of the project is to have similar
discussion on the same topic in many European cities. These discussions will be documented and will be put on a web platform (such as FYEG’s Youtube
channel). The topic will be determined by the Executive Committee in collaboration with selected and interested MOs and resemble around FYEG’s political
priorities in 2016/2017.
Internal Events and internal communication
In Fall 2016 we will organize our traditional Working Group Meeting. The Ecosprinter Editorial Board is encouraged to meet then and/at FYEG Summer Camp in
In early 2017, we will hold another Strategic Planning Meeting. We want to establish a new tradition of internal events. We see the necessity of
pre-General Assembly planning within the federation, involving especially the Member Organisations. This Strategic Planning Meeting will evaluate the
implementation of new formats in our activities and does the political planning for the following General Assembly.
In May 2017, we will hold our traditional General Assembly and the Spring Conference. The Spring Conference besides the Summer Camp, is one of the major
educational events of the Federation. We will further enhance the quality of workshops. We want to engage with major European intellectuals, Green
politicians, activists and representatives of other political families. The 2017 Spring Conference will have a more educational dimension than in previous
years, the topic being political communication.
The Executive Committee aims to meet at least 5-6 times physically, including one or two planning retreats during its mandate.
Internal communication should not be overloaded, but Member Organisations should be frequently updated. The Secretary General takes on the responsibility
for the general Member Organisations coordination. The Organisations will be divided by regions among Executive Committee Members. The office and the EC
will facilitate communication within regions in Europe, bearing in mind that coordinating this chiefly depends on the MOs themselves. This also applies to
platforms for MO to MO communication.
The office together with the Executive Committee will provide a newsletter once a month and a Member Organisation-letter (once a month). The MO-letter will
focus on formal announcements. There will be also one or two general MO-Skype calls. One should be between the Strategic Planning Meeting and the General
FYEG recognizes different styles of working, places, national/regional contexts and aims among the Member Organisations. The Executive Committee will
evaluate local situations and support smaller Member Organisations in their growth. Bigger Member Organisations will be supported by FYEG with
international input, networking opportunities and europeanization of their struggles to produce more impact and learn from each other. FYEG will also
establish contacts in regions and countries without Member Organisations and it will evaluate potential Member Organisations. The Executive Committee will
do its best to be present at General Assemblies of Member Organisations and it will try to perform as many study visits as possible from a financial and
timely point of view.
The Executive Committee will support and encourage Member Organisations to enhance regional cooperation, such as creating regional events of 2 or more MOs.
Such regional events could entail supporting MOs to organize skill training, such as speakers trainings.
We need skilled activists, coordinators and speakers in political struggles. The executive committee will conceptualize and negotiate with possible funders
to expand and establish frequent trainings and potentially a training program that could benefit Member Organisations’ activists. The EC will also
investigate the possibility to set up an FYEG Pool of Trainers. Priorities are speakers, campaign and communication trainings and training capacity
builders in a train-the-trainers program that would develop into this potential ‘FYEG pool of trainers” available within FYEG and for MOs. The Executive
Committee will organize also a training session for itself for the purpose of team building and a professional task division.
We aim for more space for the Ecosprinter to become the most necessary place for critical thinking and assessment of green politics, political news and
contexts, and MO/FYEG activities in the coming year. Therefore, the Ecosprinter aims to enhance its partnership with the Green European Journal and further
professionalize its work including rebuilding the website, establishing a network of Young Green publications and, if possible and deemed useful, creating
a printed edition of collected articles from Young Greens.
FYEG will strive to a part time office administrator. The Executive Committee will evaluate if the office administration should include accounting, which
is partially provided by an outsourced service at the moment.
The office in co-work with the Treasurer will enhance the controlling and will provide every EC meeting and the strategic planning meeting with an updated
The office will develop project timelines for the year and is responsible for webpage and general event reporting.
The responsibility of the office is to assist the Executive Committee and other volunteers as much as possible to make their political activities as solid,
transparent, professional and valuable as possible. This includes responsibilities such as travel arrangements, reimbursements, non-political EC meeting
preparations, accommodation. The Secretary General is centrally responsible for the preparation of the structural meetings.
Priority will be put on specific Working Groups of FYEG responsible for the development of specific campaigns related to one of three topics determined in
this Activity Plan. We thus aim at streamlining the following: political priorities, topics of Working Groups, campaigns, and activities.
While other Working Groups might continue to exist in the future, the accent will be set by the Executive Committee and the Office to support these
specific Working Groups on political development, organisation of activities and communication, as well as on practical, logistical and administrative
We believe it is healthy to conduct an investigation on how inclusive FYEG’s structures, activities and atmosphere.With inclusion we specifically mean the
inclusion of groups that are traditionally marginalised in decision-making, such as women, transpersons, minorities, disabled persons, migrants, and other
groups.The Inclusion Audit (IA) will investigate whether FYEG’s structures, rules, procedures and working methods make our Federation as inclusive as a
Green organisation should be, namely that it counters structural discrimination that certain groups face in society in general as well as within
organisations. Furthermore, it will investigate whether there are instruments (such as event monitoring, project planning and others) that FYEG has not
used, or is not extensively using, that could serve the purpose of better inclusion. The Investigation will be conducted by a team set up by the Executive
Commitment to Open-source tools
As following the instructions in our IRPs, we will actively investigate potential tools for a more open-source based work within the Federation this year;
investigation that should come out with concrete budget/organisational proposals for the next GA. This will include the experimentation of an independent
server, safer and encrypted mailing services, and training(s) of activists on such issues within the frame of already existing events.