The European Movement is a network of organisations that has mobilised citizens and advocated for a democratic, federal and enlarged union since 1948. The European Movement Northern Ireland is a not-for-profit, independent, all party and grass roots organization and is part of European Movement International.
The origins of the European Movement date back to July 1947, at a time when the cause of a United Europe was being championed by notables such as Winston Churchill and Duncan Sandys in the form of the Anglo-French United European Movement.
The European Movement was formally created on the 25th October 1948, when the Joint International Committee for European Unity decided to change its name. Duncan Sandys was elected President and Léon Blum, Winston Churchill, Alcide De Gasperi and Paul-Henri Spaak were elected as Honorary Presidents.
What does EMI do?
The European Movement works as a study and information group, and also as a pressure group. It operates as a study and information group through the many projects and activities undertaken, and has been at the forefront in helping large segments of the public take part in the dissemination of information on European affairs and activities. It operates as a pressure group through the influence exerted by its members at all levels in each sector of activity.
The European Parliament, Commission, national parliaments, authorities and governments, business-people, industry associations, NGOs and the many associations which make up the civil society in Europe have been influenced through the European Movement’s network of contacts.
Influence is exerted at the EU level via the European Movement International and its individual member organisations and at the level of member countries via national councils, covering a geographical area that extends across the continent. The European Movement is also the only NGO of its type that covers almost all of Europe, EU countries, the candidate countries as well as non-candidate countries, and as such provides effective information dissemination with a large multiplier effect across Europe.
Ever since its establishment, the European Movement International has offered thought leadership on the issues facing Europe.
Today our goal is to inform the debate around the EU, involve European civil society in the discussions that affect them and influence decision-makers in Brussels and capitals across the EU and beyond.
By drawing from the expertise of our members, present in 39 countries and covering a whole host of sectors and subject areas, the European Movement International puts forward recommendations for the direction our Union needs to take in the pursuit of European integration.
What about EMNI?
The European Movement Northern Ireland’s is the country’s leading pro-European organisation. It brings together people who share a common interest in European cooperation in its widest sense. It is a non-governmental organisation owned and funded by its members.
EMNI organises a programme of events – evening meetings and seminars, lunches and conferences – and publishes material to inform our members and the wider public about European affairs.
Foremost among these issues in the future will be the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.
EMNI has been involved in the creation of a body designed to represent all NI concerns about Brexit to various decision makers.
To that end, The Independent Council on Europe, which includes a wide range of representatives from Politics, Business and Civic Society has been established to advocate for Northern Irish interests in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
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Education information for use in schools and universities
Media briefings for journalists, to correct mistakes and counter anti-European bias
Politics We lobby MLAs, MPs and Northern Ireland’s three MEPs in the European Parliament
Business information for companies about the benefits and opportunities of Europe
Conferences events for members for debate and discussion
Civil Society Network Attending events and working with other members of the CSN in Northern Ireland