Yesterday we got word from Strasbourg that CCMC member the Cyprus Islandwide NGO Development Platform (CYINDEP) is flying the flag of Cypriot development NGOs at the European Parliament!
CYINDEP is lobbying Members of the European Parliament to sign a declaration on Development Education and Active Global Citizenship, tabled by the Polish MEP Filip Kaczmarek (EPP). MEPs Catherine Grèze from France (Greens), Michael Gahler from Germany (EPP), Fiona Hall from the UK (ALDE) and Maria Badia I Cutchet from Spain (S&D) have joined Mr Kaczmarek in his efforts.
The involvement of civil society in campaigning for the declaration was initiated by the Development Awareness Raising and Education Forum (DARE Forum) of CONCORD, the European umbrella organisation for development NGOs and national platforms. You can find out more info here: http://citizens.concordeurope.org/
Our source tells us that CYINDEP has been feverishly contacting Cypriot MEPs by email and Facebook, and have achieved a momentous feat in getting 4 out of the 6 to sign the declaration! In total, 231 MEPs have signed, while CONCORD is targeting a grand total of 377.
Keep up the great work Kerstin et al, and watch this space as CCMC will soon join forces with you in the promotion of development through the media in Cyprus!