Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere Martín Luther King
ICEC - International Commission of European Citizens, is an NGO created to gather all those organisations, institutions and individuals who share the vision of a Europe which is democratic both in theory and reality.
Social movements from Scotland, Catalonia, Flanders, Euskal Herria, Veneto and South Tyrol together with social representatives from other European nations, but as well member states, use ICEC as a focal point forum and meeting place where academic and socio-political theories regarding European Democracy and Human Rights, can be discussed and disseminated.
ICEC represents a coordinated citizen’s alliance on a European level to express the will of millions of Europeans who strongly defend core principles as Freedom, Justice, Equality and Peace within Europe. Being the exercise of the Universal Right of SELFdetermination of Peoples a fundamental founding point to warranty such values.
The Commission is composed of members of social organizations, political parties and academic networks on an individual basis, although organizations can expressly give their support as such. ICEC membership is not limited to any field because of its ‘down to earth’ grassroots approach, making it expressly open to the general public regardless of their involvement within any organization.
As one of the fathers of the European Union stated:
“…is not the union of the states but of the citizens” - Jean Monnet
A better democracy is possible and it is needed, it is up to all European Citizens to speak with a clear and organized voice on these matters alongside our shared European Institutions.
Together we will make it possible! Because WE ARE EUROPE.
It is not a question of who is going to allow you but a question of who is going to stop you Ayn Rand
ICEC took its first steps with the “Consulta sobre la Independència de Catalunya” (popular referendums on Catalan independence) organised by grassroots movement in 555 Catalan municipalities (out of 942) from 2009 to 2011, when Barcelona organised the last one. The international Commission of the National Coordination for this popular exercise of sovereignity which ment a turning point for Catalan politics, considered necessary to have international observers who could warranty a proper organisation based on good practice ground and protocols.
The process had the participation of 250 international observers, an international network was spountaneusly created, it continued to operate and structured itself. Today it is an international NGO based in Brussels. During all these years many conferences, political meetings, international media presence, books participation and street activism have been organised by ICEC on a paneuropean level.
In 2013 ICEC promotes an international petition collecting 640.000 signatures demanding European Institutions to warrant the normal exercise of the right to self-determination within the EU. It was followed by an international rally organised in Brussels in March 2013. The aim, to visualise our strong will and clear determination to refuse any threat to any nation ready to vote on a SELFdetermination referendum.
In 2014, ICEC was responsible of 100 international observers for the Catalan "participative process" on 9th of November 2014. Also provided official international observers for the Scottish referendum of September 2014.
On the 9th of December 2015, ICEC organized the first international symposium in the European Parliament on the right of self-determination of the European Nations.
Today ICEC is the most important and structured international organization acting for the normal exercise of the right of self-determination in the EU and became a referent for local and continental institutions with which we cooperate in a constructively path to develop solutions to restore the political sovereignity to European historical Nations.
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out Vaclav Havel