april: huge gathering of campaigners on european free trade agreements
The event, organized jointly by trade campaign networks from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, was attended by more than 100 campaigners from 38 countries from across the world. Campaigners had the unique opportunity to share experiences, exchange information and develop joint strategies to counter the increased number of European Free Trade Agreements.
Participating campaigners also used the opportunity to present their views to MEPs and to build up support for their demands during a well-attended Public Hearing in the European Parliament. In addition, a colorful and cheerful action was organized in the heart of the EU district to reach out to the European public and media.
Friends of the Earth Europe also organised a series of lobby meetings with decision-makers in the European Parliament and the Commission together with Grace Garcia Muñoz from COECOCEIBA/FoE Costa Rica and other partner groups. This was also part of the largest-ever speakers' tour in Europe on EU Free Trade Agreements, with events in Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam, Utrecht and The Hague.