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20.3.09

Cornwall into Europe

An opportunity here from Unlock Democracy to tell them what issues you think count in the up coming European elections. What's more you can record your ethnicity as Cornish.

Following the success of our pilot project for the 2008 London elections, Unlock Democracy will be launching Vote Match Europe in the run up to this year's European Parliament elections. To help us develop this, we've produced a quick survey to identify what people think will be important issues. You can fill this in by clicking on this link here.


A release from MK here: The National Executive of Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall has decided to put forward a list of candidates for the ‘South West Region’ seat in the European Parliament.

As well as well as Cornwall, the constituency covers Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire and the island of Gibraltar. Six MEPs will be elected via a list form of proportional representation.

We believe that democracy in Cornwall is at a vital crossroads and June 4th will be an important day for the future direction of our politics, with elections to both the new single tier council and the European Parliament.

Why not help MK get its message out there by contacting the local press to say how great it is that Cornwall will have the chance to vote for a strong team of candidates for the Euro-election - a team 100% committed to Cornish communities?

MK has already selected over twenty candidates for the unitary elections and I would like to thank everyone who has agreed to be a candidate. I would also like to ask other members and supporters to give serious consideration to standing in this important election year or helping others to get elected to the new Council.


Equally a new book has just been released that goes by the name of Pro minoritate Europae - Minorities of Europe Unite! 

Notice the St Pirans on the cover. The book has been created for the 25th anniversary of the Intergroup for Traditional National Minorities, Constitutional Regions and Regional Languages of the European Parliament. The compilation book contains of the case studies and analysis of the members of the Minorities Intergroup and prominent minority experts on European minority protection and the situation of minorities in Europe.

Post Script: I forgot to add yeasterday that a new Think Tank for the democratic regionalist and nationalist movements of Europe has also recently been created and is affiliated to the European Free Alliance (EFA), a European political party recognised by the European Parliament. The Centre Maurits Coppieters' aims are: "observing, analysing data and contributing to the debate on European public policy issues with a special focus on the role of democratic-nationalist and regionalist movements and the process of European integration. We will serve as a framework for national or regional think tanks, political foundations and academics to work together at European level."

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