On 10 – 12 may 2013 the general assembly of the German Pirate Party will take place in Neumarkt. This GA will mainly be focused on party policies in order to prepare for the elections in September.
But it won’t be only about party policies, it will also be about statue changes in order elect a few new members board. Two former members of the board already resigned and a third member of the board will resign at the GA.
Important motions for the GA are the motions about a permanent online GA in order to pass new policies quicker and to enhance the democratic processes in the german pirate party.
The Swedish Young Pirates had their annual member congress in April, on which they elected a new board, as well as new politics on areas such as immigration, marriage rights, voting age, environment, and other.
The week before the general assembly, on the 23 – 24 March 2013, a deep impact shaped the contrasts of the life of the Belgian Pirates. It was revealed, during the week that the co-founder of the Belgian Pirate Party, co-founder of Pirate Parties International as well as a very popular friend of Pirates worldwide, Jurgen Rateau, lost his life far too early at the age of 42. Too young to die.
The Pirate Times brings you a new feature to help understand how the Movement is developing on a global scale. It is a table of policies and which national Pirate Parties take a stand on them.
On Saturday 22 December 2012 members of the Belgian Pirate Party met up for an extraordinary general assembly (EGA). This gathering was held in the Wallonian student city of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve. This location was a symbolic choice, during the communal elections of 14 October the party reached 5.16%, its best result ever. Only 14 votes shy of our first city councillor.
Over 60 Pirates attended the annual meeting of the Pirate Party of the Netherlands on 25 November 2012. They elected members to their “Core Team” and although some positions remained vacant they developed a way to enable people who, although not gaining enough votes to gain a position, if they got a simple majority they could become reserve board members. They also reinvigorated the party’s commitment to the Uppsala Declaration and further strengthened the democratic principle with structure changes.
Last weekend, the Pirate Party of Germany held their second federal party convention of 2012 in the Ruhr city of Bochum, Northrhine Westphalia. Over 2000 registered Pirates from all over the country came to discuss and vote on motions for the party manifesto. The party’s working groups had improved upon the motion texts tirelessly for months – through late-night teleconferencing sessions via Mumble, the primary working mode of PPDE, as well as on several face-to-face meetings, like EuWiKon earlier this year. Compared to earlier Pirate conventions, the agenda was quickly agreed upon. After that, however, progress became increasingly slower.
The Swedish Pirate Party finished their annual fall meeting Sunday, after over a month focusing on broadening the party platform. Among the approved motions were decriminalising narcotics for personal use, separation of church and state, and increased transparency in research.
Innovative decision-making processes have been introduced by Greek Pirates in their country. Last weekend in Athens’ Cultural Centre of Grava, well known for the student occupations of the 1990’s, they experienced a taste of direct democracy in the first congress of the Greek Pirate Party.
“The French Pirate party (1000 members) held a rather disciplined but very emotional internal revolution at the meeting. The ‘line of command’ was too pyramidical according to the opinions of the members. Several regions in France, far from Paris and representing a large proportion of the French Pirates, felt they were being left out of ‘the decision-making’.