The city of Graz was host to the 2nd transnational meeting of the European Project ‘Operation Vote'. In attendance were representatives from partner-organisations: COSPE, Italy; NÙMENA, Portugal; Fundaciòn Afies, Spain; Cesam, Sweden and MigrantInnenbeirat Graz, Austria which played host to the meeting.
The meeting which was held on the 16th & 17th of May, 2013 at the Seminar Room of Amedia Hotel, Graz focused on common management and coordination issues in partner countries. The 1st Transnational (Kickoff) Meeting was held in January, 2013 in Seville, Spain.
‘Operation Vote' is a project which addresses the issue of insufficient political and social participation of EU citizens residing in member States of which they are not nationals. Its goal is to complement the initiatives undertaken by Member States and local authorities aimed at raising awareness among EU movers about their electoral rights and to increase their political participation through close cooperation between NGOs working with EU migrants and their organizations.
The overall objective of the project is to improve and stimulate through campaigning the participation of EU citizens in the political and public life of the countries where they reside and of which they are not nationals.
The MigrantInnenbeirat Graz will work, within the framework of the Project, closely with EU-Movers from Germany, Rumania and Poland who reside in Vienna, Linz and Graz.
‘Operation Vote' is a two-year project that will last until October 2014 and will be rounded up with a conference in Florence, Italy.
The 3rd transnational meeting will be held in November this year in Lisbon, Portugal.
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