ACC Bulletin No. 51
August 29th 2003
ACC International Programme Office

Transylvania Community College 2003
Europe of Rights Community College 2003
General Assembly 2003
Invitations received
New members


Transylvania Community College 2003

The TCC2003 was yet another success carried out by the ACC Transylvania Committee. This Community College took place in Tirgu Mures, Romania, from 3rd-16th of August. The 50 participants from all over Europe were hosted by the Studium Foundation, our main partner-organisation in Romania.

The TCC2003 had as a main theme the future perspectives of the 'Central-Eastern-European national minorities in the context of the EU-Enlargement.'

The two main organisers of the TCC2003 as well as the ACC in general were inspiring and were inspired by the Youth2002-project in Denmark last summer: Agota Illyes and Barna Kovacs were part of the working team of the Youth 2002 (www.youth2002.org) in Denmark that gathered 1000 young people from all over Europe. The aim among the 1000 was to draft a constitution proposal for the future EUrope. The TCC2003 had the ambition to go into details with one special topic within the architecture of the future political Europe: The participants were encouraged to create a concrete result, a proposal on minority protection in a European Constitution.

The paper agreed upon got finally the title "Modification Proposal for a Common European Constitution". It is available at the http://www.acc.eu.org/SEEEMS/1854.asp together with press-releases in English, Romanian and Hungarian.

The proposal has been forwarded to our partners, to politicians, friends, intellectuals, media and the like all over Europe.

With this some excerpts from the communication (Modification Proposal for a Common European Constitution) of the TCC2003-participants:

"The European Union aims at achieving equal rights between all citizens, this including national minorities. The Transylvania Community College 2003 participants, representing a view of the European youth, beleive that issues concerning national minorities have not been properly dealt with and we therefore propose several changes in current European Union documents with the goal of seeing these provisions included in the future European Constitution."

Among many other interesting proposals, the Modification Proposal of the participants in the TCC2003 opts for changing the electoral laws of the European Parliament so that "nominations may be submitted if they are endorsed by the required number of signatures or electors (and not just by political parties and organisations)". It is also proposed to add to the role of the Ombudsman to "... deal with cases of mal-administration [and infringement of human and minority rights, as defined by the European Constitution] by Community institutions and bodies [but also by national administration in cases where no sufficient protection of these rights is provided at a national level.]

Find these and many other interesting proposal at the http://www.acc.eu.org/SEEEMS/1854.asp

The residential school format, which is a main element in all our events, has as usually created a lot of bonds, friendships, knowledge and inspiration to a group of Europeans from all over. A small-scale European public sphere has been created and hopefully it will lead to many more residential school events all over Europe.

Inspired by the diversity of participants and the non-formal educational frame of the event, participants have produced newspapers of the TCC2003, a photo-exhibition, a dramatic performance (theater group) and a koncert. As far as it is possible, results are going to be uploaded to the website within short time.


Europe of Rights Community College 2003

The ACC Italy Committee has carried out the first 'Europe of Rights Community College' in Toscana, Italy. The Europe of Rights Community College took place on August 2nd-11th 2003 at the retreat and group meeting centre Casa Cares in Reggello (Florence).

40 young Europeans attended this Community College exchange, concerning the importance of fundamental human rights for the implementation of intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding in our societies.

The Council of Europe’s European Convention on Human Rights and the European Union’s European Charter of Fundamental Rights offered a point of departure for the discussion. Moreover, particular attention was devoted to the Charta Ścumenica, signed in Strasbourg on April 22nd 2001 by the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), and to its role in the process of defining a “European identity”.

This part of the project was carried through by our partner, the World Student Christian Federation – Europe Region (WSCF-ER).

The ACC Italy Committee expects to issue a booklet in the autumn including results of four working groups on (a) articles, (b) essays (c) fiction and (d) art. This and other concrete outcome of the event is going to be uploaded to the website as soon as possible.

The ERCC was -as all major ACC-events- carried out within the format of the Community Colleges, which is inspired by the Nordic Folk High School format. By the help of this residential school format, the organisers delivered another living example of the way to create a European public sphere. The participants of the ERCC in particular got the point that a system of Community Colleges all over Europe would be a splendid way to create the beginning of a European public sphere. The number of new members resulting from the ERCC speaks for itself. We counted on the maxium possibility of 18 new members, the result was 20 !! Even the chauffeur became a member ;-)

The ACC Italy Committee, consisting of Eva Valvo, Peter Ciaccio, Silvia Cardi and Marzia Pistolesi already decided to follow-up on the success with another ERCC in 2004 or 2005.


General Assembly 2003

The ACC has had its main annual meeting, the General Assembly, on August 12th. One main change has been made to the statutes of the ACC. Among the purposes of the ACC is now mentioned that "The ACC is working for the promotion of the idea of running schools on a common European level by ... acting as General Assembly (alone or together with other organizations) of concrete community college(s). This in accordance with a set of statutes for the community college(s)."

This means that the ACC-members could become members of the General Assembly of one or more concrete schools. The proposal to allow this was made by the board of the ACC during the work on creating the First European Community College.

The General Assembly has then added another element to making the idea of a First European Community College real. Still, much more luck and hard work is needed.


Invitations received:

Annual IGLYO Conference, Lisbon, October 18th-26th
Ask Folk High School, Denmark, all autumn course 2003 (deadline immediately) Youth in the future of Europe... , Salzburg, September 1st-13th (deadline immediately)

Detailed information is to be found on the the website in the Members Section, Invitations received.



18/7: Conchi Gallego's last day in the ACC Office
20/7: Sponsor letters sent from ACC Latvia Committee/Apple Campaign
25/7: Meeting in the ACC Italy Committee, Pisa, Italy
26/7: ACC Italy Committee visits the Casa Cares, Reggello, Italy Ult. July: Tomas Balco meeting Mrs. Karin Lopatta-Loibl, Brussels
3-16/8: Transylvania Community College 2003, Tirgu Mures, Romania
2-11/8: Europe of Rights Community College, Reggello (Florence), Italy
3/8: What is the ACC? Mjellma Mehmeti speaks for the ERCC participants
4/8: ACC as an organization and the boarding school format presented at the TCC2003 by John Petersen and Barna Kovacs
5/8: Women Rights in Macedonia. Mjellma Mehmeti speaks for the ERCC participants
7/8: Minority Rights in the future EU. Jan-Christoph Napierski speaking for the ERRC participants.
10/8: The boarding school format and the EU presented for the participants of the ERCC by John Petersen
12/8: General Assembly of the ACC, Toscana, Italy
16-28/8 Agnieszka Ziolkowska and Monika Pilatowska presenting the ACC at the II World Youth Congress, in Marocco, Casablanca

A warm welcome to our new members:

Mihai Musatoiu, Ploiesti
Lavinia-Georgeta Popa, Oradea Bihor
Peter Ciaccio, Rome
Arpad Czirjak, Targu Secuiesc Covasna
Zoltán Dani, Szentendre
Halil Dogan, Gebze-Kocaeli
Claudia Don, Timisoara
Elena Fernandez Sanchez, Majadahonda (Madrid)
Violetta Maria Horvath, Sopron
Attila Incze, Targu Secuiesc Covasna
Borbala Ivany, Budapest
Maria José Jurado Exposito, Aldaia (Valencia)
Kristine Kripa, Ventspils
Toomas Lapp, Viljandimaa
Peter Larsen, Copenhagen
Kadi Luuri, Tallinn
Violeta Makarova, Grobina
Alyona Nikulina, Riga
Lars Richard Rasmussen, Copenhagen
Christian Schwartz, Speyer
Márton Udvari, Budapest
Emma Yeoman, Broomhill-Sheffield
Jarmila Bila, Prague
Sřren Black, Risskov
Adrien Boudet, Bordeaux
Anna Littke, Berlin
Helen Frenzel, Dresden
Lars Zimmermann, Karlsruhe
Levente Tani, Lari (Pisa)
Giulio Bovi, Fabbrico
Michal Balabanow, Warzaw
Elena Gonzalez Verdesoto, Gijon
Maria Selma Vidal, Madrid
Natalia Garcia Mozo, Mestre-Venice
Emilio Revilla Rodrigu, Valladolid
Kristin Mellqvist, Söderala
Tiglat Maraha, Södertälje
Remco Mollema, Zuidwolde
Amir Nazar, Zwolle
Francisco Estevan Fernandez, Valencia
Borja Garcia, Madrid
Francisco Cabezuelo Lorenze, Madrid

Our best regards
John Petersen

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