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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:18 pm    Post subject: CoBER/CERES/Cornwall/Europe Reply with quote

So if our betters in Westminster won't properly represent the Cornish nation in Europe we will have to do it ourselves.

That’s where the following worthy organisations come into play. Groups that deserve all our support! Of course the Cornish Stannary Parliament and Mebyon Kernow also maintain connections to Europe via Federal Union of European Nationalities and the European Free Alliance respectively.

The Cornish Bureau of European Relations (CoBER): http://geocities.com/coberltd/
For over 2,000 years Cornwall has been a part of the rich patchwork of Europe's cultural and regional diversity. CoBER believes that Europe would be poor without Cornwall ... A great organisation but a dodgy website.

Then there is CERES who does not have a website at all but you can read about then on the TGG site under Pro-Cornish actions, Cornwall in Europe: http://www.kernowtgg.co.uk/actpages.html

CERES is a small voluntary group, in membership with the Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum. Its aim is to establish and maintain cultural heritage links between Cornwall and the wider Europe, and its name intertwines legacies from the dawn of Europe's history with those of a more recent Cornish past: Ceres the goddess of plenty with Ceres the ship, arguably the most famous of the far-searching trading vessels that once sailed out of Bude and a legend in her own right. Think of us as Cornish explorers, seeking out European developments of interest to Cornwall and reporting on what we find. Additionally our work provides opportunities to create a greater awareness of Cornwall and Cornish affairs, and these are taken.

The work has evolved from an initially informal interest in European current affairs, commencing in the early 1980s. The interest found focus within the Conference of Cornwall sequence which - under the guidance of the late Paul Smales - extended for over ten years from 1982. An aim of the Conference was to sponsor and promote initiatives of cultural and social value and, accepting the significance of relevant developments in the wider Europe, it set up a European Secretariat to study these developments and report on them to the Conference. The Secretariat remained a part of the Conference until sadly the sequence came to a premature end in the mid-1990s, and for several years thereafter went forward in association with CoBER [the Cornish Bureau for European Relations] before finally emerging in its own right as CERES.

In their respective areas of work CoBER and CERES complement each other, with no conflict of interest. In the light of experience it was found best for the Secretariat to concentrate wholly on its tasks at establishment levels, and this it has done successfully. Equally the previous association with CoBER was highly productive, with a working partnership that opened many European doors during the heady pioneering days of the 1980s and earlier 1990s. The partnership produced the successful petition to the European Parliament of 1988 which drew attention to Cornwall's identity and cultural tradition; and the initial and ground-breaking visits to the European Parliament and Council of Europe in Strasbourg were arranged jointly. It was on one of these visits that the late John Bolitho of CoBER made history by being the first to speak in Cornish within the European Parliament, at a formal session of the Intergroup on Minority Languages and Cultures. John's achievement on that day must never be forgotten.

There have been many satisfying happenings across the years, with useful foundations being laid on which to build for the future. It has to be noted that progress has not been without its problems, some of which remain. Which said, work continues apace and there is much to do, with exciting times looming in the days ahead. In later website contributions [with the permission of TGG, to whom CERES is deeply grateful for allowing us this space], past achievements and aspects of later work will be described. A glossary of the often mysterious names and terms we use on a daily basis can be provided, should this be felt helpful.

Both these groups provide a vital service for Cornwall and maintain a dialogue with the likes of the Council of Europe and the European Union.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then on the other side of the sea we have friends in the following, and anybody with letters to write should consider copying the following in. In fact why not send them an e-mail with your concerns and keep their e-mail addresses in your address book.

The Federal Union of European Nationalities: http://www.fuen.org/
The umbrella organisation for European national minorities which has participatory status at the Council of Europe and consultative status at the United nations. The CSP is a member of the FUEN and provides the FUEN board with a Vice-President.

European Free Alliance: http://www.e-f-a.org/home.php
EFA is a European Political Party which unites progressive, nationalist, regionalist and autonomist parties in the European Union.

European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL): http://www.eblul.org/
Promoting European linguistic diversity and linking language communities.

Eurolang: http://www.eurolang.net/index.php
Eurolang is a specialist niche news agency covering topics related to lesser-used languages, linguistic diversity, stateless nations and national minorities within the European Union.

Eurominority: http://www.eurominority.org/version/eng/
The website of Stateless Nations, native peoples, national, cultural and linguistic minorities, ethnic groups, areas with strong identity and autonomist, independantist or separatist tendencies in Europe.

European Center for Minorities Issue (ECMI): http://www.ecmi.de/
ECMI advances majority-minority relations in the wider Europe through action, research and documentation.

European Institute of Peoples: http://inst-europ.org/
An insitute in the Basque country devoted to the study of national minorities

Mercator: http://www.mercator-central.org/
Mercator is a network of three research and documentation centres dealing with the minoritized languages of the European Union, spoken in total by more than forty million citizens.

Mercator Education: http://www.mercator-education.org/
Mercator-Education’s main goal is to gather, store and distribute information through a documentation and information network for regional and minority languages in the European Union. Its research projects aim at making comparisons among the language communities.

Mercator Legislation: http://www.ciemen.org/mercator/index-gb.htm
Mercator-Legislation assembles a diversity of researchers and projects within the fields of sociolinguistics, glottopolitics and law. It carries out a permanent monitoring work regarding the official recognition of languages, their juridical status and related regulation in force, or in process of development, that guarantee its public use.

Mercator Media: http://www.aber.ac.uk/mercator
Mercator-Education’s main goal is to gather, store and distribute information through a documentation and information network for regional and minority languages in the European Union. Its research projects aim at making comparisons among the language communities.

Youth of European Nationalities (YEN): http://www.yeni.org/
The European national minority youth movement

There is no particular order of importance and they are all worth a look.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more groups of possible interest.

European Language Resources Association: http://www.elra.info/
ELRA is the driving force to make available the language resources for language engineering and to evaluate language engineering technologies. In order to achieve this goal, ELRA is active in identification, distribution, collection, validation, standardisation, improvement, in promoting the production of language resources, in supporting the infrastructure to perform evaluation campaigns and in developing a scientific field of language resources and evaluation..

European Network Against Racism: http://www.enar-eu.org/en/
ENAR is a network of European NGOs working to combat racism in all EU member states. Its establishment was a major outcome of the 1997 European Year Against Racism. ENAR aims to fight racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, to promote equality of treatment between EU citizens and third country nationals, and to link local/regional/national initiatives with European initiatives. ENAR's vision is of a world free from racism.

The European Union Legal Information Sources on the Internet: http://www.eulisnet.be/

Europe Diversa: http://www.europadiversa.org/eng/index.html
This initiative arises in the current context of debate on the construction of Europe and, with the support of the European Commission, seeks to develop a space for resources, communication and action on a key subject for the future of Europe: its diversity: the historical diversity of European societies and the diversity brought on by the intensification of international relations and the incorporation of new citizens from wherever they may come.

Euromosaic: http://www.uoc.edu/euromosaic/
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Living Diversity
Newsletter No3

Living Diversity – The Brussels Project is a common initiative from the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and the Youth of European Nationalities (YEN):
http://living-diversity.eu/Newsletter/0703/070101_Review2006_.pdf

Living Diversity blog: http://www.living-diversity.eu/Web-Site/Home.html

If you are in a Cornish group why not make contact with living diversity and, at least, get their news letter.

I came across this opportunity to feedback on the European Union a couple of weeks ago.

"The campaign Speak up Europe has begun and aims to ignite a lively debate about the European Union (EU) and its future. We want to know what you think the EU should do and not do, where it should engage itself and how it should do it... Have your say, join the debate!"

What has Europe ever done for us: http://www.whathaseuropedone.eu/

Speak up Europe: http://www.speakupeurope.eu/

These sites might be worth checking out and contacting with regards various Cornish issues

You might find SignandSight.com interesting in the same light: http://www.signandsight.com/

Its a German website about Europe with articles from around Europe in English and the original language; well anyway have a look and let me know what you think.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another that you might like; LabforCulture.org The essential tool for everyone in arts and culture who creates, collaborates, shares and produces across borders in Europe: http://labforculture.org/en
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CERES now has a blog: http://ceres-cornubian.blogspot.com/

Intergroup for Traditional National Minorities, Constitutional Regions and Regional Languages: http://www.tabajdi.hu/index.php?pg=menu_52

European Dialogue: http://www.europeandialogue.org/index.html

European Dialogue works at local, national and international levels within the wider Europe to promote equality and social integration for excluded communities and vulnerable minorities.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Centre for European Reform: http://www.cer.org.uk/index.html

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The Centre for European Reform is a think-tank devoted to improving the quality of the debate on the European Union. It is a forum for people with ideas from Britain and across the continent to discuss the many political, economic and social challenges facing Europe. It seeks to work with similar bodies in other European countries, North America and elsewhere in the world.

The CER is pro-European but not uncritical. It regards European integration as largely beneficial but recognises that in many respects the Union does not work well. The CER therefore aims to promote new ideas for reforming the European Union.

The CER makes a point of bringing together people from the worlds of politics and business. Most of our meetings and seminars are by invitation only, to ensure a high level of debate.

The conclusions of our research and seminars are reflected in our publications, as well as in the private papers and briefings that senior officials, ministers and commissioners ask us to provide. The CER's work is funded by donations from the private sector. It has never received core funding from governments or EU institutions.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a Catalan organisation that works with national minorities called CIEMEN: http://www.ciemen.cat/index.cfm

They organise CONSEU (Conference of European Stateless Nations): http://www.ciemen.cat/objec-conseu.htm It's in English this time.

Might be worth contacting.
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The Federal Trust: http://www.fedtrust.co.uk/default.asp

a think tank that studies the interactions between regional, national, European and global levels of government.

Founded in 1945 on the initiative of Sir William Beveridge, it has long made a powerful contribution to the study of federalism and federal systems.

It has always had a particular interest in the European Union and Britain's place in it. In more recent years, it has supplemented its European work by studies on devolution and regional government in the United Kingdom and a series of reports on global governance.

The Federal Trust has no allegiance to any political party. It is registered as a charity for the purposes of education and research. The Federal Trust draws on an impressive variety of intellectual resources. Its Patrons and Council Members are prominent individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and professions. Research Fellows and staff combine expertise in diverse disciplines including law, finance, economics and politics. The Federal Trust also attracts for its publications and projects the regular help of well-regarded outside experts and practitioners. As a result of the varied expertise on which it draws, the Trust is able to reflect in its work a broad spectrum of ideas and approaches to the questions of national and international governance in which it is interested.
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Press release: EU Treaty: EU member states cannot ‘pick and choose’ when it comes to European fundamental rights

As EU Heads of state and government celebrate their agreement on the new ‘Lisbon Treaty’ at a summit meeting in Lisbon on 18-19 October, ENAR welcomes the fact that the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights is now recognised in the Treaty as legally binding. However, it is very disappointed that some countries have circumvented their obligations in terms of the EU’s fundamental rights.

Read more: http://www.enar-eu.org/en/press/
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