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Riga, Thursday 20th April 2006. Lara Garrido-Herrero. EPHA European Public Health Alliance ... 2 233 38 88. Fax : 32-2 233 38 80. lara_at_epha.org. www.epha.org ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Lobbying the EU institutions: Why and how?


1
Lobbying the EU institutions Why and how?
  • Benefits of EU networking
  • Riga, Thursday 20th April 2006
  • Lara Garrido-Herrero
  • EPHA European Public Health Alliance

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European Public Health Alliance
  • A network of more that 100 non governmental and
    not-for-profit organisations across Europe
    working on public health issues
  • Our mission is to improve the health of all
    people living in Europe and to increase their
    participation in EU policy-making

3
The EPHA team
4
The role of the NGO sector
  • Monitor, analyse and inform
  • Raise awareness
  • Engage and consult
  • Challenge
  • Empower
  • Represent
  • Follow-up

5
The role of NGOs in Brussels
  • Many EU policies have an impact direct or
    indirect on the health of EU citizens
  • 15,000 to 20,000 lobbyists in Brussels and ONLY
    10 are NGOs representing citizens interests
  • What is the difference between NGOs and
    lobbyists?
  • Networking and alliances are the ONLY way to make
    our voice heard - You are unlikely to succeed
    alone. Use other NGOs resources rather than
    re-invent the wheel on your own.

6
EU networking a SWOT analysis
7
EU networking a SWOT analysis
  • Strengths
  • Recognition, credibility
  • Influence
  • Independence
  • Cost reduction
  • Expertise

8
EU networking a SWOT analysis
  • Weaknesses
  • Diversity of interests which might sometimes
    compete
  • Lowest common denominator
  • Communication problems
  • Poor quality of outcomes
  • Possibility of one organisation dominating the
    others

9
EU networking a SWOT analysis
  • Opportunities
  • Mutual learning
  • Creation of consensus
  • Learn how to negotiate

10
EU networking a SWOT analysis
  • Threats
  • Passive participation of some members
  • Poor communication
  • Bureaucracy
  • Lack of transparency

11
Take home messages
  • There are many different types of networks
  • Networks are popular as they provide more
    benefits than difficulties
  • Networking is about time and commitment
  • Networking is an additional layer, it does not
    substitute your work
  • Networking is a conscious, rational decision your
    organisation has to take

12
European Public Health Alliance
  • 39-41 Rue dArlon
  • B-1000 Brussels
  • Belgium
  • Tel 32-2 233 38 88
  • Fax 32-2 233 38 80
  • lara_at_epha.org
  • www.epha.org
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