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Report General Assembly Barcelona (17th - 20th of May)

fyeg logoThis week, around 80 Young Greens from over 20 different countries gathered near Barcelona for the annual Spring Conference and General Assembly of the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG). Young activists representing 24 member organisations participated in the event, which took place between the 17th and 20th of May.

The spring conference, which took place on the 17th and 18th of May, was a moment for debate, discussion and reflection. The overarching theme dealt with was the current economic crisis, which was tackled through two panel discussions as well as a series of workshops. Guests who contributed to the conference included Green MEPs Reinhard Butikofer and Raul Romeva i Rueda.

At the GA, delegates were called upon to make decisions that will steer the work of FYEG over the next year. Most notably, they voted on a new political platform, and elected a new Executive Committee, Ecosprinter Editorial Board, and Financial control committee.

Terry Reintke (Germany) and Jakob C. Schwarz (Austria) were elected as the new Spokespersons. Maria "Maggie" Dokupilova (Slovakia) was elected Treasurer, while Michael Bloss (Germany), Krassina Demireva (Bulgaria), Chema Martin (Catalonia), Ingrid Nyman (Sweden) and Philippe Schockweiler (Luxembourg), were all elected to the brand new Executive Committee. The secretary general Stevan Petrovic (Serbia) started with the second year of his mandate.

One significant outcome of the GA was the adoption of a new Political Platform, which is now a comprehensive, coherent and up to date overview of FYEG's political positions. The final document represents a compromise reached over a year long process of consultation of FYEG's member organisations and working groups.

Furthermore, a proposal to launch a strategic planning process was discussed, the goal of which will be to develop longterm objectives for the FYEG and prepare the organisation for the Elections to the European Parliament in 2014.

Thanks again to all the delegates for making this GA a wonderful event and particularly Joves d'Esquerra Verda for hosting the event and supporting the EC and Office with all the preparations.



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