ETTW President, Steven van Laer: “We’ll build an inclusive Europe for mobile EU citizens”

ETTW has won an EU grant for our activities.

The Mobile/CIT project is part of the European Commission programme Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values.

With our NGO partners in the project, MyVoice (Latvia), the ECIT foundation (Brussels) and the Swedish think tank Open Knowledge (OKS) our project will digitally source views of mobile Europeans on key issues ahead of the European elections in 2024. The project period is 18 months, starting in November.

A major task for ETTW will be to assure that the results of the digitally collected views of European expats are communicated to EU policy makers

The three core target groups are Swedish expats, Latvian expats and Brussels-based expat communities from across Europe. This means that ETTW will work particularly close with members representing these three groups but also that all other members are involved.

For the project to succeed we will need input and active engagement from all ETTW members. Already in November/December we will need you and some of your colleagues in other expat organizations to fill in a survey and participate in a focus group which will identify important issues of interest for European expats.

We shall also need to work together on digital participation tools and awareness raising.

In parallel we’ll develop an advocacy strategy plan for bringing important issues raised by mobile Europeans to the attention of EU policy makers.