ACT4FreeMovement is a program funded by the European Program for Integration and Migration (EPIM), a collaborative initiative of the Network of European Foundations, and run by European Alternatives, Krytyka Polityczna, the European Citizen Actions Service (ECAS), the Good Lobby and the EU Rights Clinic.
ACT4FreeMovement stands for Advocacy, Complaints, Trainings for Free Movement. The program main goal is to increase the capacity of EU citizens to effectively secure access to and knowledge of their rights, as well as build public awareness and political support for mobile citizen rights. To do so, the program employs a multilevel strategy involving: research to identify specific problems and to define good practices; EU-level advocacy through complaints to the European Commission and petitions to the European Parliament; training of free movement activists; and providing support for citizen-led grassroots campaigns on mobile citizen rights.
- Advocacy: the Advocacy component of the program involves campaigning and lobbying on to defend and expand free movement rights. The advocacy will benefit from identifying the trends in EU free movement rights violations in the last three years by searching the Your Europe Advice database which contains more than 21 000 enquiries per year from citizens who encounter difficulties when exercising their rights to free movement. This will lead to the production of a report on obstacles to free movement and best practices on freedom of movement. An additional report will be produced on the best practices, i.e. administrative measures that address freedom of movement infringements on national contexts.
- Complaints: the Complaints component of the program aims to file complaints to the European Commission and petitions to the European Parliament, aiming at concretely address certain sets of free movement rights to the European institutions. Six complaints will be prepared by EU Rights Clinic on EU entry and residence rights. Six additional actions will be prepared from the Good Lobby which can include issues such as Roma rights mobility, political and democratic rights, access to social welfare and unemployment, recognition of same-sex marriage, loss of EU citizenship post-Brexit, etc.
- Trainings: the Trainings component of the program aims to organise a series of four trainings for citizens and activists concerned by the violation of EU mobile citizens rights across the continent. The trainings will physically take place in Warsaw, Madrid, London and Florence over a period of 10 months. The objective of the training series is to provide knowledge on the legal framework of freedom of movement, the tools to find information and enforce their EU rights, and to develop the campaigning skills of the participants grassroots campaigns advocating for the defense of free movement and EU mobile citizens rights
All the components of the program will be supported by a communication strategy. Articles and stories around infringements of freedom of movement rights will be published on European Alternatives’ website and on our online magazine Political Critique.
The ACT4FreeMovement program is supported by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), a collaborative initiative of the Network of European Foundations.