Since 2007, I have been involved in the movement to make the European Citizens‘ Initiative (ECI) possible. The European Citizens‘ Initiative makes it possible for citizens to demand new European laws (or prevent them), if 1 Million European citizens sign an initiative. The ECI was introduced with the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon in 2009 and is the first-ever cross-border right for direct democracy. Working together with the Austrian Institute for European Law and Policy and Democracy International, I helped to shape this right in many ways, by organising scientific conferences, and many discussions with decision-makers on national and European level. Due to this work, it is possible for citizens to sign initiatives online, within a one-year period, using open-source software provided by the European Commission.
Leading the award-winning campaign Europeans for Fair Roaming, I managed to reduce prices for mobile phone and internet usage abroad. From 2010 to 2012 , I built an alliance of 20 organisations and 14 Members of the European Parliament. Many of the demands of this alliance were implemented in European legislation, most importantly the introduction of decoupling technology and non-discriminatory network access to open the roaming market to competition and price cuts for end users. The campaign won the European Public Affairs Award 2014 as „Campaign of the Year“.
As president of Europe United, a pan-European movement for change, I initiated the creation of the European Federalist Party (EFP) in 2011. Since then, the European Federalist Party has grown to be the only pan-European party, with several thousand members and active national parties in France, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and Greece and local councillors elected in several French communities. In the European elections 2014, the EFP fielded more than 170 candidates in 6 EU member states and ran the first ever cross-border campaign for European elections – receiving more than 280.000 votes.
As member of the campaigning team for Fraternité2020 and #SaveErasmus in 2013, I created viral advertisements for the campaign, which were shared several thousand times, reaching half a million users on Facebook and European decision makers on Twitter. With these campaigns, we managed to prevent cuts to the funding of the Erasmus programme and successfully pushed for the adoption of the reformed Erasmus+ programme.
From 2013 to 2015, I was board member and vice-president of the Club Alpbach Salzburg, a non-profit association that gives students from Salzburg the opportunity to take part in the European Forum Alpbach by raising and granting scholarships for participating in the forum. Every year, the European Forum Alpbach brings together up to 4.000 high profile scientists, economists, lawyers and politicans from all over Europe to discuss pressing current issues. And every year, Club Alpbach Salzburg enables up to 20 students from Salzburg to take part in the complete programm of the Forum. In addition, we organize public discussions, film screenings and seminars in Salzburg, Vienna and at the Forum Alpbach to stimulate the debate on the grand arising topics of politics. The State of Salzburg, Salzburg University, Salzburg School of Applied Sciences, Porsche Holding and the Salzburg Chambers of Commerce and Labour are amongst the sponsors and partners of the Club Alpbach Salzburg.
Together with an international team of campaigners, I helped to design and plan the campaign „Democratic Europe Now!“ by Democracy International in 2013 and 2014. In the run-up to the European elections, the campaign asked newly elected MEPs and Commissioners to call for a European Conventions to review and reform the European treaties. In total, 118 MEPs from all political groups signed the pledge, giving the campaign a base to work from towards treaty reform.
Together with Katholische Jugend Salzburg, I ran the project „Europa Aufwerten“ to train 50 young people from Styria, Salzburg and Tyrolia on European politics and values. In addition to seminars on European politics, the participants participated in a one-week trip to Brussels and visited some of the most high-profile EU politicians. In a follow-up project, participants will be able to explain European politics and policies to students from across Austria. In addition, I regularly organise and lead seminars in schools („Orientierungstage“) on issues such as team building and personal development.
The Common Borders campaign was founded by citizens from all over Europe to combine efforts to reform the European migration and asylum policy into one pan-European campaign. As campaign co-ordinator for Common Borders, I created a complete campaign infrastructure for a pan-European campaign, co-ordinated online and offline campaigning and set up a round table for stake holders from the field of migration policy.
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