Citizens Initiative in Europe

Presentation of the association ICE


The association

ICE (Citizens In Europe Initiative) is an association law 1901, born in 1989. It is originally the product of the accession of free men and women who do not conceive of living in Europe without forging basic bonds of solidarity between Europeans.<:P>

However, the links that are being forged at the inter-European level are, to date, mainly the work of the media, representatives of political parties and government bodies. For ICE, freedom of communication only reflects freedom of expression if citizens of different European countries actively participate in the debates that will seal their common destiny. Ice also favours an approach to the problems posed by Europe in the form of friendly, free and informal contacts.

For more than fifteen years, ICE has been promoting the development of a public space for intellectual exchange and social and political reflection, where resistance to the irrationalities and limitations of democracy that Europe has so often been the scene of can be asserted.

ICE brings together members from various professions (artists, technicians, teachers, researchers, journalists, etc.) including some twenty active people who meet regularly. The operation of the association is that of a friendly club of inveterate activists. An originality of ICE lies in the fact that none of its members profess its activism. Each of them is guided only by the inexhaustible responsibility of his duty as a citizen.

The actions of ICE :

  • Makz known the struggle of people engaged in resistance to nationalist outbursts who, in extreme situations (war, conflicts...) persist in expressing themselves in the name of a moral requirement and a civic conscience
  • Promote a new reflection on the conditions for the development of citizenship in Europe in its political, economic, and social dimension
  • Provide support to intellectuals forced into exile, directing them in their efforts and temporarily helping them to regain their footing
  • Conduct civic vigil and alert function so that the Law can exercise its sovereignty in the case of war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace
  • Conduct exchanges and reflections during regular meetings
  • Propose and lead original and symbolic actions strong enough to directly express the idea of European solidarity in the news of the moment

On the public and practical level, ICE's activities mainly cover the organization of international meetings and thematic meetings on the following issues:

  • Democracy and attacks on freedoms in Europe
  • The pressures of populist movements on national minorities and the exercise of citizenship
  • Peace and security in Europe
  • The rights of peoples and minorities and the rights of citizens

Several international meetings were held (see Conferences) :

  • 1981-1989 : before the formal founding of ICE, actions and exchanges in solidarity with Solidarity and the Free balloons for Poland (1982)
  • 1990 : Diversity of experiences, languages, rise of nationalism and the circulation of ideas in Europe: a symposium bringing together guests from all the countries of Central Europe and Russia
  • 1991 : What in Yugoslavia can bring men of good will closer together, or how high are the walls that will have to separate them?
  • 1992 : Is the right of peoples the end of the citizen? The War Crimes Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia; an issue for the defence of citizenship
  • 1994 : War crimes in the former Yugoslavia: the International Criminal Tribunal
  • 1995 : Gypsies: the demand for European citizenship
  • 1996 : Citizen or racist: you have to choose. What attitude to the rise of the National Front?
  • 1996 : For the indictment of President Milos√©vic before the International Criminal Court
  • 1998 : Algeria 1988-1998 : by beyond terror
  • 1999 : Impunity, which is responsible for the war in Kosovo
  • 2001 : Are GMOs right-wing?
  • 2006 : Our expectations of Europe (with the association Causes Communes - Brussels) and manifesto for a European Tax
  • 2011 : Tunisie-Europe : Democratic transitions (with the association Action Tunisienne)

ICE is also developing an information business through:

  • Publishing articles in newspapers and magazines
  • Publishing the Acts of his symposiums
  • The association's facilitators intervene regularly as guests at various conferences

According to its means, ICE participates in information missions with the intention of:

  • Keep the threads of dialogue with personalities invited friends at the Meetings
  • Find, at its source, the elements of reflection useful for holding debates as rational as possible

Modified on 21/06/2020