European Alternatives

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Mission and Purpose

European Alternatives is a transnational membership organisation promoting democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state. The nation state is no longer the appropriate political form in which to define democratic decision-making and active citizenship, equality between people, the respect and extension of rights. The nation state is not the appropriate political form to promote a responsible politics for the environment, ensure political control over the economy and an equitable distribution of wealth, or promote peace between people. European Alternatives seeks to promote alternative forms of political subjectivity and collective political action.

European Alternatives believes that social and political change requires artistic and cultural engagement as much as other forms of engagement: social and political change being understood by the organisation as a complete renewal of society which is not limited to any one domain or sector.

European Alternatives does not believe that Europe can be defined in geographical or ethnic terms, neither by borders nor roots. Europe must be understood as a space of exchange, of experimentation and of dialogue.


The organisation was officially born in 2007 in London and started with the organisation of the London Festival of Europe, bringing to London a series of free public events and artistic happenings promoting imaginative thinking about Europe’s future and its relation to the rest of the world, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. The Festival became transnational and took the name the Transeuropa Festival in 2009 ( It was organised in 2010 in London, Paris, Rome and Cluj-Napoca (Romania), where offices were opened. Local groups of volunteers were created by members in about 15 cities in Europe. The Transeuropa Festival was then organised in 12 cities in 2011 and in 15 in 2012. The organisation worked on other projects, such as campaigns, film, European Citizens' Initiatives, transnational projetcts led by local groups on topics such as migrants' rights, Roma rights, LGBT rights, basic income, common goods.

Organizational Structure and Funding

European Alternatives has offices in London, Paris, Rome, Cluj-Napoca and has members in 15+ countries. Most projects are funded by the European Commission (Europe for Citizens, Youth in Action, EACEA), as well as by private funders (Allianz, Mercator...).

European Alternatives was awarded the Charlemagne Prize by the European Parliament for The London Festival of Europe, a civil society prize from the EESC for Transeuropa festival and a prize from the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. It is an EU member of the Alliance for Year of Citizens and of the Fundamental Rights Platform

Specializations and activities

Transnational democracy

Human rights

Citizens' participation

Arts and politics

Major projects and events

Transeuropa Festival

Monthly seminars in 15 countries

Online journal in French, English, Italian and Romania

Pan-European citizens' deliberations on citizens' rights and EU democarcy (Citizens' Manifesto) since 2011

Campaigns (Open Access to detention camps, Roma rights, Media Pluralism)


Towards a transnational democracy for Europe (2012):

Transeuropa Journal (2012):

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