What can you do as citizen?

2. Working with intergroups

Intergroups play a key role in in bringing civil society closer to European institutions. The Anti-discrimination and diversity intergroup (ARDI) aims at giving voice to civil society at the European level on discrimination issues. Here, Alfiaz Vaiya offers a short overview of the intergroup's day-to-day activities.  

Alfiaz explains that part of the intergroup's work consists in reaching out to civil society groups to inform the work of MEPs committed to influencing the EU legislation process for better anti-discrimination policies. Vice versa, civil society groups can reach out to intergroups to make themselves heard and influence the EU political agenda. Let's go back to Alfyaz on how to contact ARDI:


Take some time to navigate the website of one of the European Parliament Intergroups (e.g. the ARDI or the Intergroup on LGBT rights) and have a look at their parliamentary and non-parliamentary activities. Is there anything that you find particularly interesting or inspiring? Is there any initiative that can represent an opportunity for you, your organisation, and/or the group of people you work/volunteer with (e.g. visibility, partnership, etc.)?

Useful links to contact: 

your MEP: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/search.html

an intergroup: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/eu-affairs/20150216STO24404/intergroups-the-parliament-s-forum-for-discussing-important-issues