Riga (Latvia), 26 - 27 March 2015
On 26 - 27 March 2015, AMSHC, represented by its head of the Supervisory Board, Mr. Adrian Thano and Board member Mr. Ismail Ademi, participated in a Seminar and in a Conference, organized by Volonteurope in Riga, Latvia.
The Seminar was on Rural Isolation of Citizens in Europe, Thursday 26 March 2015, and the Volonteurope Conference was on the Vision of the ‘Common Good for Europe”, Friday 27 March 2015, Stockholm School of Economics Riga, Latvia.
The participants of these events represented a broad range of actors from the public and private sectors, civil society, communities and grass roots movements.
It has been done a long preparatory work within the network’s membership, civil society and institutional partners on these events since the second half of 2014.
These events, were organized in partnership with partners from across Europe, who aimed to take forward the work on Rural Isolation of Citizens in Europe and serve as the official launch of the major stakeholder campaign entitled “Common Good for Europe”.
Rural isolation across the EU can be addressed through public policy, citizen engagement and civil society involvement. Volonteurope, an international network promoting volunteering, active citizenship and social justice, is engaged in a two - year campaign on the Rural Isolation of Citizens in Europe. This campaign aims to explore the challenges facing rural communities and identify possible solutions to these challenges.
By organizing their Conference, Volonteurope aimed to move to the next stage of its campaign that was raising the debate on the vision of the “Common Good for Europe” The conference itself was an excellent opportunity to do that.
“Common Good for Europe” campaign is supported by several principles, including:
- Inclusiveness: all sectors working together to ensure everyone, including the most vulnerable, can benefit from the opportunities, happiness and wealth available in society;
- Collaboration: people acting together to make a difference and promote positive change;
- Long-term vision: addressing urgent challenges faced by Europe while being aware of the needs of future generations and environmental sustainability;
- Fairness: regardless of individual choices, everyone should have equal access to opportunities and participation in democratic life