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Meet Civil Society - 2009 fair


press release: Civil Society reminds MEPs to stay in touch

The Civil Society Contact Group and the Eurogroup for Animals are organizing

"2009 Civil Society Fair"

from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 October 2009 at the European Parliament,

with the support of MEP Caroline Lucas.

It will be an opportunity for MEPs, staff of the EU institutions and European civil society organisations to meet and share views on the societal challenges of the next five years.

Activities include an opening cocktail, 14 thematic stands at the exhibition space (ground floor, ASP building, zone G) & 1-hour roundtables at lunch time to enable further debates


t     Cocktail reception on Tuesday 6 October at 6pm (ground floor, ASP building) With picture opportunity

Introductory remarks by:

- Liz Scurfield, CSCG representative

- Caroline Lucas, hosting MEP

- Sonja Van Tichelen, Eurogroup for animals



t     The 14 thematic stands during the 3-days’ fair as of Tuesday 6 October - 10am:

1. Climate change (run by Green 10)

2. Nature and Health (run by Green 10)

3. Sustainable agriculture (run by BirdLife)

4. Development cooperation (run by CONCORD)

5. Protection of animals (run by the Eurogroup for Animals)

6. Public Health (run by EPHA)

7. Social Inclusion (run by Social Platform)

8. Anti-discrimination (run by Social Platform)

9. Human rights & democracy (run by HRDN)

10. Global trade (run by Seattle to Brussels Network & CONCORD Trade working group)

11. Spring Alliance (run by the Spring Alliance)

12. Women’s rights (run by EWL)

13. Arts and culture (run by Culture Action Europe)

14. Civil dialogue (run by the Civil Society Contact Group)



t     Thematic roundtables

1-hour thematic debates will be organized every day at lunch time between 12.00 and 3pm, to allow further exchanges on the following specific issues:


Tuesday 06/10

Room 5G1


1pm – 2pm

A human rights approach to trafficking in human beings – a European perspective

Human Rights and Democracy Network

2pm – 3pm

European Day against the Death Penalty: mental health and death penalty in Japan

Human Rights and Democracy Network (FR-EN translation)




Wednesday 07/10

Room 7C50


12.00 - 1pm

Standing up for women’s rights in Europe and the world – key challenges for the EP

European Women’s Lobby & WIDE

1pm – 2pm

Agriculture in the face of climate change: what role for the EU


2pm - 3pm

Saving our planet in times of climate change: what MEPs can do

The Green 10




Thursday 08/10

Room A5E2 (after plenary votes)


1pm – 2pm

Pandemic Flu - Public health approaches

Host MEP: Dr.Cristian Silviu Busoi

FUNDAMED/EPHA (European Public Health Alliance)

2pm – 3pm

A value and rights based EU budget is needed


Other civil society activities in the EP

·      Tuesday 6/10, 6-8pm: the EU and Global Policy on Food Security, CIDSE and APRODEV

Getting the Right(s) Recipe, in preparation for the World Food Summit

This panel discussion aims to facilitate a discussion on the ethical and development implications of EU policies as they relate to food, agriculture and rural development.

Room: ASP 5 G3, organised by CIDSE and APRODEV

·      Wednesday 7/10, 10-11am: the Decent Work Game, Solidar

Test your knowledge of what makes work decent and see if you can make it to the ultimate goal of having a decent life. Come and join MEPs and representatives from NGOs and see who is getting the prizes

and the penalties!

Ground floor, side G next to mechanical stairs; organised by Solidar

List of participating organisations