The First Meeting of the European Commons Assembly took place in Brussels from November 15 to 17. Roughly 150 diverse commons activists from 21 countries across Europe participated in this historic event.
Building on collective work on policy proposals in the preceding weeks, on November 16 we came together in Parliament for a 3.5 hour session exploring the ECA as a platform and the commons as a powerful paradigm for policymaking.* You can see the full recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEWDstHb8Bg
Before and after the event in Parliament, on the 15th and 17th, ECA participants gathered at Zinneke collective, based in an old stamp factory that has been reclaimed by the non-profit organization as a creative hub for Brussels. There we explored political issues, through an open discussion on DIEM 25 and a collective meeting on how to move forward with the European Commons Assembly into the future.
Documentation from the event continues to be released and the conversation continues on our mailing list and loomio spaces. Please sign up in these spaces to join the movement.
For a complete recap of the First Meeting, read this article from Commons Network: http://commonsnetwork.eu/commoners-hit-the-capital-of-europe-commons-assembly-in-brussels/
*Thanks to the MEPs who co-hosted us from the Working Group on Common Goods, within the Intergroup on Common Goods and Public Services: Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL), Dario Tamburrano (EFDD), Ernest Urtasun (Greens/EFA), and Sergio Cofferati (S&D). Thanks also to Julia Reda, Monika Vana (Greens/EFA) and Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) who collaborated.
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