We are very happy to announce that a logo for the Citizens Pact has been selected! Following a transnational contest in which designers from throughout Europe sent us their proposals, a voting committee was formed, made of various representatives of organisations taking part in the Citizens Pact, from different European countries, genders and ages. They voted to select the logo that will represent the Pact until the elections of the European Parliament in 2014.
And the winner is… Claudia Rodriguez Cruz!
This logo will be used by a range of organisations signing up to a series of principles on which the Citizens Pact is based (see below). If you would like to join the Pact and receive the logo to use it in your communication materials, please contact Alessandro Valera at a.valera @ euroalter.com.
The Citizens Pact principles:
- We believe that a lot more should be done to make Europe, and the European Union in particular, a more democratic place
- We believe that a pact should be made among citizens as well as between citizens and institutions
- We believe that Europe has a united future: we reject the current logic of austerity, without refusing all European aspiration to a Union or to integration. This means that we are critical of the current political process and the ineffectual EU institutions, but believe Europe has a constitutional and institutional future
- We believe that policy in Europe should deal with issues of immediate concern to citizens, particularly relating to social justice , employment and workers’ rights, environmental protection, conversion of productive model in an ecological sense, civic rights for European citizens (focusing notably on groups generally excluded, such as migrants and LGBT groups)
- We believe citizens often have the answers to problems of continental scale. Through the Citizens Pact we want to reach as many of them as possible and to hear their policy proposals for a better and fairer Europe
- We believe that the EU needs to be reformed institutionally, as it currently lacks the structure for citizens to influence the decision-making process at European level
- We recognize that the European Parliament is the most legitimate organ, despite not having sufficient power and still being formed by MEPs elected in one country and representing that country. For this reason, if necessary, collaboration between MEPs and the Citizens Pact may be sought
- We also recognize that local government, particularly Municipalities, have to play a crucial role as the institutional level most close to social needs and claims. A radically renewed, democratic “Europe of the citizens” has also to be an “Europe of the cities”
- We take the European Parliament elections of 2014 as a medium term goal, to make sure that the content of the Citizens Manifesto will be taken into consideration by those who will run to become Members of the European Parliament