|Political Relationship between EGP and FYEG|
|Internal structure and documents|
The EGP recognizes the FYEG as its sole youth wing and FYEG endorses this position.
I Political Cooperation
The relationship of FYEG and EGP should aim to strengthen the green movement in Europe. FYEG and EGP will work together on a common Green project for Europe. They will do so with the other green actors, cooperating in campaigns, projects, meetings, actions and institutional work based on mutually agreed common priorities. One of which will be the strengthening of EGP and FYEG.
The political and organisational presence of the European Green Party among young people will be trough the Federation of the Young European Greens. Making the green voice heard among young people is a responsibility of all green actors. FYEG will be the leading and coordinating organisation in reaching out. FYEG will as well be the voice of young greens on European level and establish the policy of the European greens related to youth issues.
FYEG’s main task is to promote and lobby for their members point of view on politics in general and on green politics in specific. Furthermore it works to defend and promote youth’s rights within the Green Parties and the EGP and in Europe and to involve young people in the green project. It is also a tool for education and political learning and development. FYEG will strive to unite young green organisations all over Europe and advance and inspire the creation of green organisations where they do not exist, in Europe and beyond in agreement and cooperation with EGP. FYEG as well as EGP engages itself to oppose any kind of social, ethnic, religious, sexoriented, age based, or birth place linked discrimination. FYEG is committed to fight against homophobia and xenophobia and in favour of equality.
FYEG and EGP will inform each other about their activities and contacts in order to achieve a greater level of synergy.
FYEG aspires to be fully involved in the EGP policy making process. It sees its role as a catalyst to advance the green agenda.
FYEG is a separate political organisation. With the purpose of bringing together young environmental and Green political groups from all over Europe, and act as an actor at European level, FYEG strives for environmental and human rights as well as for social justice. FYEG recognises as its parent party the European Green Party. The FYEG endorses the Charter of the EGP. FYEG remains an independent organisation, which can take its own political standpoints, has its own political platform, and does its own activities and has the freedom to cooperate with like-minded organisations and institutions and will share its contacts with EGP.
FYEG cooperates with EGP at European level and in principle with the EGP member parties and the Global Greens.
FYEG will stay independent in the meaning that it will follow its own political agenda and has the right to publicly take different standpoints than the party.
FYEG will if possible campaign with EGP and in elections strongly support EGP.
II Organisational relation
Committee of EGP
One representative of FYEG will be a co-opted member of the Committee. This representative will be nominated by FYEG and will be the responsible for the coordination of the work between FYEG and EGP.
Council of EGP
FYEG has the right to four votes in the Council, four delegates will be representing the Federation towards the Council, to be nominated by the FYEG (as explained in the EGP Rule Book, art.10.7).
Congress of EGP
FYEG has the right to 6 delegates with six votes. The 6 delegates should be nominated by FYEG, and will represent the Federation towards the Congress (as explained in the EGP Rule Book, art.12.3).
European Green Foundation
The EGP will support that FYEG obtains a seat in the General Assembly of the Green European Foundation.
FYEG will have right to take part as full members in other meetings of the EGP, not necessarily funded by the EGP.
The FYEG agrees to respect a basic reciprocity and makes sure that EGP representatives are invited to the main political meetings of the FYEG.
III Financial relation
EGP and FYEG will work together to minimise each other’s costs, including common communication and administration. EGP and FYEG discuss joint projects, priority regions, priority themes etc.
EGP provides FYEG with a fixed percentage of its yearly expenditure budget as a basic grant for the functioning of FYEG. After every European election FYEG and EGP will negotiate on a financial agreement for that legislation period.
The percentage of the EGP budget allocated yearly to FYEG shall not be less than 3,5% of EGP’s budget (total eligible expenditure). At least as long as there is no structural funding for political youth wings provided by the EU. EGP will strongly support FYEG in its efforts to increase its funds available. For that the EGP will assist the FYEG in its financial talks with other green groups such as the Green Foundations.
FYEG is obviously entitled to apply – as is every other EGP body- for additional fundings for projects, campaigns, political initiatives, special working groups, etc. These applications will be handled on an equal footing with all other requests.
FYEG has initiated the process of trying to get political youth organisations supported by the European Parliament in the framework of European Party financing. The EGP will take a proactive role supporting this option as well as in supporting all other provisional steps that can contribute to generate funds or access to appropriations in the frame of the EU institutions that can help to enhance the work of the FYEG and to allow FYEG to function independently from funding by the EGP.
When financial difficulties occur within FYEG, EGP will, according to its possibilities, assist FYEG to solve them.
IV. Final dispositions
In case of strong disagreements concerning the implementation of this agreement both FYEG and EGP can start a mediation procedure. The mediation procedure foresees the creation of a 6 person mediation commission (3 from each organisation) and a time frame for the mediation commission to present proposals to the EGP and the FYEG to solve the strong disagreement.