Citizens’ Circles

The process of the Mediterranean Citizens’ Assembly also aims to promote and create Local Mediterranean Citizens’ Circles in the different countries of the region.

The circles are open and permanent places for dialogue between citizens, where they exchange ideas through workshops, round table discussions… and collectively they elaborate, assess proposals with the objective to contribute to the emergence of a new economic, social, cultural and environmental policies.

All citizens can take part of these Circles with the condition that they agree with the principles of the Founding Charter and commit to respect them.

The Citizens’ Circles are by nature informal, except when the political context of a country does not allow this, in which case the Mediterranean Coordination may give them a Statutes model that they can use. Circles must be officially recognized by the Mediterranean Coordination.

Every circle shall name a contact person who will be in charge of communication with the Mediterranean Coordination and the other Circles.

The dynamics of the creation of the Circles have just started. The participants of the already existing Circles will meet in the near future, and will establish the first Mediterranean Citizens’ Assemblies.

 

ABOUT THE M.C.A. CITIZENS’ CIRCLES

1) WHAT IS A CITIZENS CIRCLE?

Conceived as open and permanent places for dialogue between citizens, they exchange ideas (through workshops, round table discussions), and collectively elaborate and assess proposals aiming to contribute to the emergence of new economic, social, cultural and environmental policies.

2) WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER OF A CITIZENS’ CIRCLE?

All citizens can take part in these circles on the condition that they agree with the principles of the Founding Charter and commit to abide by them by signing it on the M.C.A. website (www.acimedit.net).

3) HOW TO CREATE A CIRCLE OF CITIZENS?

Any person or group of persons that want to create a circle must first contact the M.C.A. Secretariat.
Ensuing, the process is very simple: it’s sufficient that all members of the circle read the future Constituent Charter and join it, signing on the website (www.acimedit.net). To validate the formation of the circle, a complete list of members, with their information, have to be sent to the M.C.A. Secretariat. A circle must have at least three members.

4) HOW DO THE CIRCLES WORK?

The circles of citizens organize themselves autonomously. That is to say that they choose their activities’ programs, their topics and their meeting places. Their practices have to be consistent with the principles of the Founding Charter.
The circle can count on the support of the Regional Coordination and the Secretariat for its accurate functioning.
Each circle designates a referee, who will look after the connections and articulation with the Mediterranean Coordination and other circles concerning meetings and activities, a reporter will produce a report about discussions and he will deliver at M.C.A. the regional coordination (or the Secretariat, if the circle is independent of any regional centre).
Every circle, to improve its visibility, is free to create its own website, Facebook or Twitter account and to communicate its activities and proposals on it.
The circles also hold varying functions depending on the initiative:
 visibility of and information on the initiative;
 suggestion of themes to be discussed in the assemblies;
 logistical support for the assemblies;
 source of participants for the assemblies.
Secrétariat M.C.A./ M.C.A. Secretariat:
c/o MEDEA Institute, 24 Square de Meeûs, 1000 Brussels, Belgium / Tel : +3222311300
Fax : +3222310646 / Email : contact@acimedit.net / Website : www.acimedit.net

5) CIRCLES’ FUNDING

Circles meetings’ costs are supported by the regional coordination (or the Secretariat, if the circle is independent of any regional coordination), within the limits set by the budget prepared by M.C.A. coordination. In the interest of financial transparency, all costs must be justified.
The circles can also seek funding to the regional coordination (or to the Secretariat) for the participation of its members in activities directly related to the M.C.A. objectives.
Citizens’ circles are also encouraged to seek their own funding sources to increase their autonomy and their activities.

If you want to join a citizens’ circle contact the people in the list below: 

List of Citizens’ Circles

About MCA Citizens Circle pdf

 

 

Fundación Asamblea de Ciudadanos y Ciudadanas del Mediterráneo
Calle San Francisco de Borja 20 – 8 - 46007 Valencia, Spain - Phone: +34 963 219 558 - E-mail: secretariat.facm@gmail.com