Coppieters turns 10

Coppieters turns 10 at the #Coppieters18 General Assembly in Bavaria

News / 25.5.18

The 12th General Assembly of the Coppieters Foundation was held in Landshut (Bavaria) from April 13th to April 16th thanks to the joint organisation of the European Free Alliance (EFA), the European Free Alliance Youth (EFAy) and the Bayernpartei, which hosted the meetings.

During the summit we celebrated our 10th anniversary and ratified our transformation into a European Political Foundation, which gives our organisation European legal personality and recognition by the European Parliament.

Following 3 days of inspiring #Coppieters18 debates, we remain committed to generating new ideas for , one that is more inclusive, fair, and sustainable, based on cultural diversity, human rights, the right to self-determination, social justice, freedom of speech and assembly, and gender equality.

Our members, associated think tanks, and experts actively contributed to the discussion and exchanges by approving our work programme for the year 2018 with projects on democracy, cultural identities, sustainability, economy, and much more.

Several side workshops, round tables and debates took place during the gathering, including the meeting of the Coppieters’ Bureau and Advisory Scientific Council.

Xabier Macias, President of the Coppieters Foundation, presented our 2017 activity report to the European Free Alliance general assembly attendees, and briefed them on our most important achievements over the last 10 years.

Luc Boeva, presented findings from the first phase of the Structural Archival Care service to EFA parties and Coppieters members.

Inaki Irazabalbeitia, our Bureau member, presented the book “Stateless nations and media landscapes” based off of discussions, which took place in the European Parliament in September 2017 entitled “Is a national minortiy communication agenda possible“.

Finally, Dr Anthony Soares, the keynote speaker of the Coppieters’ dinner debate, outlined specific challenges and opportunities for both the UK and the EU after the Brexit vote, paying special attention to the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement.


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