Lobbying International Organisations
Present: Miyoko Bassett, Jan Birk, Terence Boughton, Gerald Drewett, Cesar Fiores, Marian Franz, Monica Frisch (chair), Thierry Gerard, Bart Horeman, Giorgina Momigliano, Pedro Otaduy, Drik Panhuis (report), Mario Pedretti, Bob Sandford, Christa Voigt.
Note: Text written in bold italics require action either by CPTI or by national movements!
1. The European Union
Nobody knows how many MEP's would support peace tax. However, it is essential for the campaign that we all know their names. In this way we can mention the names of foreign MEPs to our own MEPs, so that they can talk to each other.
Petitions to the European Union (E.U.) should not be addressed to Brussels, but to the President of the European Parliament, L-2929 Luxembourg. A leaflet 'The right to petition the European Parliament' was distributed. National movements should encourage their members to write a petition. Petitions will be dealt with. Sometimes they are sent to the Civil Liberties Committee.
Information about the E.U. (e.g. leaflet with lst of MEPs of each country) can be obtained free from the information office in each country.
The European Civil Peace Agency is only an idea, which is only growing very slowly.
2. The Council of Europe
Bart Horeman will contact Andreas Gross for a survey on military service.
3. European Ecumenical Assembly II (Graz: June 1997)
Dirk Panhuis provided them with some documents. All national movements should send relevant brochures, leaflets, etc. in sufficient quantity to Pam in Brussels. CPTI should prepare a tect as well.
We should try to find out about Austrian conscientious objection to war tax.
We should get acquainted with Boutros Ghali's book on peace dividend and peace endowment fund - which shoul be a government affair. Could we redirent money to it?
6. World Court
7. International Conscientious Objectors Meeting (ICOM)
War tax resistance is occasionally mentioned in those meetings. Everyone is free to attend. The conferences work on a low budget (camp site in Greece). Some 60 - 80 people attend, many from the host country.
CPTI should send one person to ECOM in Norway in 1997. The delegate should propose our concern for the agenda and provide information to the participants.
10. Peace Congress, Osnabruck (29 - 31 May1998): 'From the Peace of Westphalia to a Europe for Peace ' (1648 - 1998)
CPTI should try to find money to send a delegate. CPTI should investigate whether it should ask a specific small contribution for this kind of delegation from national movements. A delegate should have documentation from national movements and from CPTI.