This is a very first save the date announcement for a European Pirates Campaign Coordination Conference that will be held in Brussels on December 8th.
Everything written below is still subject to change, and more information will definitely come later down the road, but we figured we should at least announce the date, so people can book it in their calendars
Explanation of the purpose of the event
On December 8th, the pirate delegation will hold a full day event focused on training the EP candidates in the what the Pirates have done in Brussels so far, and how to come across as knowledgeable about the EU institutions. The day will start at 09:00 in the morning, and end at 18:00 in the afternoon (ending 16:00 for those not part of the visitors group). It will take place in room SPAAK 7C50.
We will prioritize inviting top candidates for Pirate parties and allies for the upcoming European Elections, as well as Election Campaign Coordinators. Other participants will be admitted based on availability.
During the event we will hope to explain how the legislative process in th parliament work, to a level where the participants will be able to confidentially talk to others about the daily work of an MEP and their office.
We will also give the participants the tools needed to quickly draw on the expertise of the Group, should they need it for articles, campaign events or other occasions. This will include the contact details to relevant staff in the EP.
We also hope to create a possibility for sharing of ideas and best practices among the participating countries, as well as setting up the necessary network needed for cross national collaboration during campaigns, and with parliamentary delegations of pirates.
Finally we will brief the participants on the political wins by the Pirates in the EP over the years, and how to best use them as talking points during campaigns, to tie the individual campaign to a greater pirate movement narrative.
On the same day the Group will have a separate Parliamentary Leaders Meeting (PLM), for national parliamentary delegations tied to the Group. This will take place in parallel with the European Pirates Campaign Coordination Conference, and be an entirely separate event. However, since we expect there to be some pirates there, we will also invite them to be part of our event as well, based on their availability.
Replaced by an updated schedule below.
Possibilities for reimbursement
Travel and accommodation can, up to a limit, be covered for some participants by participation in a sponsored visitors Group to the European Parliament. There’s a limited number of slots for this Group, so it will be important to clearly indicate interest to be part of this Group when registering. Any questions regarding the visitors Group can be directed to @cadetblue , who is responsible for this Group.