Annual Report 2014
Your Quaker Voice in Europe
George Thurley, Sevasti Christoforou, Alexandra Bosbeer, Gordon Matthews and Andrew Lane
The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) was founded in 1979 to promote the values of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the European context. Our purpose is to express a Quaker vision in matters of peace, human rights, economic justice, and sustainability. QCEA is based in Brussels and is an international, notâ&#x20AC;?forâ&#x20AC;?profit organisation under Belgian Law.
Table of Contents Message from the QCEA Representative
QCEA on Peace
QCEA on Economic Justice and Sustainability
QCEA on Democratic Governance and Human Rights
QCEA people in 2014
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Eventful Service 2014 was an eventful year in Brussels. We had the European Parliament elections in May, and then a new College of Commissioners whose organisational diagram changed from a flat one to a structure with two levels of Vice Presidents.
Matthews, who as Office Manager acts as the ‘Quaker face’ of QCEA to many who contact us.
Here in Quaker House, QCEA had a small staff team in the office. Our work is directed both towards the institutions through advocacy, and towards Quakers around Europe through providing information and facilitating engagement in democracy at the European level. QCEA’s important contribution as ‘the Quaker voice in Europe’ is founded on a base of hundreds of supporters who write letters, raise funds, and offer their time and simple Friendship to our staff team.
QCEA is able to increase its impact in relation to its small size through our collaboration with other organisations in networks. We are valued for having an alternative view and for being able to work at the junction between issues. Many of the issues of concern to Quakers are rather technical at the EU policy level. We have the expertise to contribute and are valued for our collaborative style. QCEA is also valued for the name ‘Quaker’ which carries with it connotations of integrity and clear thinking. The service of the staff continues to build this reputation.
The office here in Brussels is often a place of movement and growth. In January, we were joined by Andrew Lane, who brought his cheerful outreach skills to the role of Deputy Representative, and Gordon
This was a very productive year, as you will see in the programme reports.
Alexandra Bosbeer, Representative
“…it is the work of going out of ourselves which we accomplish amid light; lost in another than ourselves we incline and move towards our own beatitude." ‐John Ruysbroeck, 14th Century
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Peace A Europe active in peacebuilding and resistant to militarism Peace is an essential element of a just world. Quakers are one of the historic peace churches, and that is why QCEA works with the institutions of the EU to encourage progress towards a world free of war and of the threat of war. The role of the European Union has become increasingly important in world affairs: the EU currently has 18 overseas operations including both civilian peacebuilding and military deployments. In recent years the EU has increased military cooperation, including on the development of drones and supporting the arms trade. During 2014, QCEA has criticised these approaches and called on the European Union to reject militarism in favour of diplomacy and the 'soft power' that attracts and fosters cooperation.
internal security and cyber security. We aim for the EU to build fewer walls and more bridges.
Promoting structures of peace We do not just criticise war. QCEA has promoted ideas that help build peaceful societies, such as the global peace index, gender equality, and institutions for peaceful dialogue. A particular highlight was our December report giving a cautious welcome to the new European Institute of Peace while warning that this new institution should not divert funding from existing peace initiatives.
A timely Quaker voice for peace Being located in Brussels allows QCEA to respond to changes at the institutions and new policy discussions. Many QCEA supporters have taken part in 'Action Alerts' on peace, contacting their representatives to help ensure that a resolution supporting Palestinian statehood was passed in the European Parliament, and to call for the new European Commission Vice President responsible for foreign policy to be someone who would work for peace. During 2014, QCEA produced publications outlining more peaceful alternatives to draft EU strategies on
QCEA cooperates with our partners to advocate on issues which are drivers of conflict, especially with regard to funding and trade. For example, during 2014, QCEA met with the European Investment Bank directors to discuss incorporation of learning from their own complaints procedure and to offer advice on the Bank's revised transparency policy.
Headlines: Our work on peace • The European Institute of Peace: a new initiative for mediation and dialogue • Britain may sell its shares in peace • New plans to increase EU military research funding • EU militarism: It’s time to scrutinise old ideas about security • A culture of peace: The Council of Europe has a part to play
“There is no security except in creating situations in which people do not want to harm you.” — James G. Vail 1953
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Economic Justice and Sustainability With concerns about the wealth of Europe, and a sense of competition perhaps with other areas of the world, the current European Commission is focussing very much on ‘jobs and growth’. QCEA continues to promote human well‐being instead of growth focussed on Gross Domestic Product per capita. When promises are made of more jobs, we ask what kind of jobs and
Headlines: Our blogs on environment and economics • Maintaining a Quaker voice in a “growth and jobs” narrative
• Energy and (in)security • Trading for injustice • Liberating people instead of trade • An uncessary tradition: The originas of the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism
how secure they might be, for example. We reviewed the similarities of solutions to youth unemployment to those proposed ‐ and found to be too weak to bring solutions ‐ in the 1980s. We promote consideration of other important aspects of human well‐being which include the natural environment and economic equality. We envisage a shift toward a wholly different economic system. Economic growth is often assumed to require cheap energy, so we also commented on the Europe 2020 energy goals, holding out that increasing employment and reducing our load on the natural world can both be achieved through increasing energy efficiency. The need for a robust directive on waste reduction and recycling (circular economy) was another area of QCEA’s work.
One major issue in 2014 was the potential threat to democratic governance from certain elements of free trade agreements which were (and still are, in the case of the US) being negotiated between the EU and with both the US and Canada. The investor state dispute settlement tribunals have been revised in the free trade deal with Canada, but we still fear a chilling effect on the freedom of governments to legislate in the public interest. Examples abound in a joint publication on how the investor state dispute settlement mechanism is likely to play out in the finalised and yet‐to‐be‐ratified free trade deal between the EU and Canada. Citizen engagement is crucial: we provided a short description of the free trade agreements, and a briefing paper advocating an exit clause for the agreement with the US. The importance of this work can be seen in the fact that over 150,000 citizens and organisations responded to a European Commission consultation on the investor state dispute settlement mechanism.
Headlines: Our publications on economic justice • A sunset clause for TTIP
• Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership ‐ what is it?
“Love your neighbour in the next generation, care for the environment." Charles B. Lamb, Ireland YM 1993
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Democratic Governance QCEA envisages an EU in which citizens feel engaged, and in which civil society is given the space to express a variety of views and challenge those in power. In 2014, we hosted a dozen Friends in our biennial study tour, during which they visited the EU institutions, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe during a debate on Ukraine. “This study tour has been a very good experience and I am learning a lot,” said one of the participants. Our six action alerts in 2014 stimulated Friends to engage with their Members of the European Parliament and to make submissions to relevant EU officials on issues that Quakers care about, including economic justice and energy goals. QCEA staff made submissions regarding how citizens might best be engaged: in 2014, we wrote formal submissions to the
European Commission and the European Investment Bank on transparency, best practice in stakeholder consultation, impact assessment, and corporate social responsibility. A guide for citizens to getting involved with the EU is on our webpage.
We work for peaceful societies within EU Member States as well as between them, and the need for protection of human rights is highlighted with the rise of far‐right ideologies in some parts of Europe. QCEA is contributing to the prevention of hate‐motivated crime with comparative case study research in hate crime policy in different parts of the EU which aims at identifying preventative and restorative methods of reducing hate crime.
We work in partnership with several networks, formal and informal, on projects in which we share goals with other NGOs. For example, the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) is a collaboration of more than forty human rights organisations working at the EU level. QCEA recently played a significant part in an HRDN campaign in which candidates for the European Parliament pledged to promote human rights in their political work (see stand4humanrights.org). Nearly 200 candidates signed the pledge, and 36 from 12 Member States were elected. Our on‐going relationships with those who were elected as MEPs means we can discuss opportunities for the Parliament to stand for human rights both inside and outside the EU. One issue is human rights in business: QCEA advocates for corporations to work for human well‐being rather than only seeking to maximise profit and dividends for shareholders.
“Truth spoken without love is devoid of the essential element which transforms human action." ‐Geneva Monthly Meeting 1962
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QCEA’s work relies on our ability to communicate with Quakers all around Europe, as well as with our partners and the people we speak with in the institutions of the European Union and the Council of Europe. 2014 was the year in which we launched a new logo and a redesigned website.
In 2014, QCEA doubled our Facebook followers and earned more than 1000 followers on Twitter. Many MEPs and Commission officials have Twitter accounts: some follow QCEA and a few have responded to QCEA tweets.
QCEA's previous and new logo
Our newsletter Around Europe was also redesigned, including the addition of summaries of articles so readers can garner the gist of our work within a few moments. The 'in brief' sections also lend themselves especially to translation: they are translated by German and Dutch supporters and published on the QCEA website.
Face‐to‐face communication remains a key method of outreach, however: there is nothing quite like being able to ask questions and hear more about the issues which are the subject of our advocacy. QCEA staff spoke to Friends all over Europe in 2014. And there have been a number of opportunities for QCEA staff to show the 'ministry of hospitality' and to speak about our work. One such occasion was an autumn reception for staff of the European External Action Service hosted also by our colleagues in the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office. In December, human rights organisations from all over Brussels gathered at Quaker House for end‐of‐the‐year networking.
Around Europe has a new look
Over ten thousand people viewed the QCEA blog in 2014 – at an average of 29 per day ‐ where 28 new blog posts were published. 'Britain may sell its shares in peace' was read by 307 people in a single day.
Sevi Christoforou and Claus Siebeneicher working on the new website photos
“…wars and persecution, unemployment and poverty, are the results of the failure of society as a whole to bear its responsibilities…" –Roger Cowen Wilson 1949
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Reflections In one way or another I have been associated with QCEA since the mid‐nineteen‐eighties, first as a member of the bureau, then as treasurer and finally as clerk from 2008 until the spring Council meeting of 2014. For me, as a Friend living in Brussels there was never any doubt that there must be a Quaker organization prepared to put forward our testimonies to the decision‐makers, power‐brokers and influence‐ wielders of the European institutions, not only in Brussels but also in Strasbourg and Luxembourg. And it was clear to me, as an official of a European institution, that I was led to play my part in Quaker advocacy at European level. There is an established custom among Friends of promoting our values by urging governments and other political authorities to do what is right rather than what is convenient, expedient or advantageous and when new supranational layers of governance come into being we must adapt to this situation. This was the reasoning behind the creation of the Quaker United Nations Offices in New York and Geneva and in 1979 the same logic applied in Brussels. For Friends it has never seemed enough to rely solely on prayer to make the world a better place and the commitment of the Quakers who established QCEA reflected an enduring tradition. Over the 35 years of its existence QCEA has grown both in the range of concerns that it pursues and in the ambition with which it campaigns, even though its resources have not significantly increased. More and more European parliamentarians, members of the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly and officials of the European institutions have become aware of our presence and have listened to our arguments. If they have not always gone on to pursue the actions that we favour, we nonetheless know that our concerns have been recognised. QCEA has become an established presence – but never part of the establishment.
Contemplating the wide range of subjects that QCEA manages to work on with minimal resources, it astonishes me that so few Quakers in Europe seem to realize what a precious resource they have at their disposal if they wish to understand, from a Quakerly perspective, what is being done at European level, often in all our names. Nor do many Friends across Europe appear to understand that QCEA gives them a voice so that their concerns may be brought to the attention of the decision‐makers. All of the principal issues facing our societies have a European, and often even a global dimension and Quakers have no choice but to work at every level where power over people's wellbeing, their safety and their environment is exercised. Issues of peace, of justice, of human rights, of equality, of respect for our planet and its availability to future generations have become more complicated in a globalized world and Quaker concerns must be pursued at an appropriate level. I am gratified to have had an opportunity to play a small part in QCEA's essential work and as I move away from my close involvement in its affairs I pray that Friends and friends in all parts of Europe's mainland and islands may see more clearly what a Quaker voice in Europe can do for them, and then ask themselves what they can do for QCEA.
Richard Condon, Clerk through April 2014
“Forget every idea of right and wrong any class room ever taught you Because an empty heart, a tormented mind, unkindness, jealousy and fear are always testimony you have been completely fooled!" ‐Hafiz
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Bedding down in a time of change 2014 was a year of change for Europe, with a new and more radical European Parliament elected and a new European Commission beginning its work. The prioritisation of economic growth above all else produced some worrying trends, such as the push to promote EU arms sales and the reduced emphasis on environmental concerns. And peace in Europe, the great hope and highly successful aim of the European Project, came under strain with violence in Ukraine. 2014 was a year when the need for a Quaker voice in Europe, calling for peace and sustainability, was more important than ever. Changes were also happening within QCEA. The newly created position of Deputy Representative provided much‐needed support for our advocacy work, enabling staff to share programme areas and better focus on our various topics of concern. We welcomed as our new Office Manager Gordon Matthews, an old friend of QCEA who has already worked for us on two occasions. These roles were accompanied, later in the year, by our regular changeover of one‐year Programme Assistants. Additionally, there was a change of clerk (chair of the governing committee), when I took over from Richard Condon. Alongside this change was continuity, with our Representative Alexandra Bosbeer continuing her work as our head of office and chief advocate of
I am very impressed by the QCEA input to the consultation, and I am filled with admiration and gratitude for all the obviously painstaking work on the set of answers that were included with your e‐mail. Please accept and/or pass on my sincere gratitude to those in QCEA
Quaker concerns in Europe. Under her leadership, our staff have built their expertise in our various programme areas, drawn on their existing knowledge and skills, and carefully crafted publications and submissions that are designed to be readily useable and accessible by European officials and local Quakers alike. QCEA has also continued to make use of new and old media to reach out to our supporters, and to others around the world who may otherwise not know of our work. Having spent several years working at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva, I have seen up close the effectiveness of Quaker advocacy and the change that can be wrought through persistent and informed lobbying over many years. A great strength of the Quaker approach is that because our core funding comes reliably from the various Quaker Meetings across Europe and beyond, we have the time and space to consider what we are being called to do and to work on ‘hidden’ issues that are not popular or well‐known. This flexibility is a great privilege and gift from our supporters and something I am keen for us to make best use of; I hope that Quaker Meetings and trusts will continue to grant us this freedom.
Oliver Robertson, Clerk from April 2014
responsible for assembling and formulating it (together with all those references) on behalf of Friends... I frequently re‐read when I was formulating my own response. David Corry
“We must learn to deal creatively with conflict, both within the Society of Friends and between rival communities and nations.” — Sydney D. Bailey 1993
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Different ways to serve Some time after finishing my term as QCEA Representative, I joined the QCEA British Committee, ending up as Assistant Clerk. This tries to provide a platform for making QCEA better known and better supported in Britain. Some Committee members have been able to do more than me in speaking to Quaker gatherings – when one does so and explains the EU, the reaction is, why has no one told us all this before. However, I have been able to set up an email network of QCEA Correspondents in Local Meetings, and I ran a short Brussels study tour in a year when QCEA was unable to do it. We attracted some Faith in Europe members as well as Friends. Martin Touwen
QCEA was and is unique. We could not 'die on every cross'. What we could do was marshal our testimonies and take a view of what mattered and where we could make a difference. Sometimes it was best to join an existing 'platform'. There, we might be asked, what do the Quakers think? I am now drawn into QCEA’s workings even more closely, as I am currently the Council Alternate Member both to the British Committee Clerk and to the representative of Britain Yearly Meeting itself. However, my project of looking for support to the foundations that finance European Studies in American universities is still on the drawing board.
It's about 30 years now that I know QCEA. It started when I was in EMEYF and we were allowed to use Quaker House Brussels as a base to organise the first European young Friends gatherings. What I still find special is QCEA's ability to combine 'Quaker' themes: peace and human justice and sharing of resources and ‐ for the last years ‐ sustainability. QCEA works on projects which always have more than one angle. In this way, QCEA expresses our spiritual experience as life being whole/holy. I have long found it interesting that QCEA is regularly the first to pick up a theme and provide a comparison of how things are handled within the European countries ‐ and what could be learned from each other.
As being European and Quaker are both two key attributes of my personal identity, I always felt connected to QCEA's idea of putting faith in action. I have been an associate member for years and have been happy to serve QCEA, on the Council, on the Dutch support group, and now on the finance committee.
Martin Touwen Richard Seebohm
We can lay claim to the creative possibilities that are still ours, burlesque the injustice of unfair laws, and force evil out of hiding behind the façade of legitimacy… ‐ Walter Wink
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Treasurer's Report It is a pleasure for me to review QCEA’s financial outcome for 2014. That it was, operationally, a busy year is evidenced elsewhere in this annual report, but in establishment terms it was without instability. Financially, we have much for which to be grateful. Amongst my duties in this report will be some explanation of how it is that a forecast deficit of €40,000 has turned into an actual surplus of over €26,000. There are two sides to this: higher income of almost €34,000 and expenditure reduced by more than €32,000. On the income side, one of the important improvements was in all classes of subscriptions. This goes beyond simply the financial increase of 42% over 2013 as it signifies greater numbers of supporters of QCEA amongst European Friends. British Committee is largely responsible for this and we are duly grateful. The second heading under which budgeted income was surpassed is contributions from Friends in most yearly meetings. Up by 18% on 2013 and the highest since 2006, they are a testimony to the understanding of Friends that QCEA deserves the means to continue to work for them. We note particularly that not only yearly meetings as a whole but also local and monthly meetings and other groupings within them have donated generously: thank you all very much. Trusts, too, are to be thanked: the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust for its grant continuing at € 50,000 and also the CB & HH Taylor Trust (£3,000=€3,781), the WF Southall Trust (£6,000=€7,563) and (£4,000=€4,970) from another trust. In addition, we had project funding (£4,005=€4,976) for work on hate crime from the Yew Tree Fund. Overall this was far
better support than we had dared to hope for when the budget was produced in October 2013. The expenditure has been below budget far more than above. The reduction in fuel use is satisfactory environmentally as well as financially. The much lower cost of office equipment is thanks to kind and expert help from volunteers. Our landlord, Britain Yearly Meeting, is supportive now and into the future, with a renewed lease of Quaker House, still at a very reasonable rent – for the payment of which we thank British Committee. We also thank Xavier Verhaeghe for his expert support when Quaker House needs it. It is very good that our Representative, Alexandra Bosbeer, now has the support of her deputy, Andrew Lane. They, our office manager Gordon Matthews and our programme assistants are an effective team and deserve our thanks for their hard work and dedication. On behalf of the staff and the Council, I thank Friends everywhere for their support, both moral and financial. I particularly thank the Yearly Meetings and their members, our support groups and their committees and the several independent donors for funding QCEA year after year. Although 2015 looks like being a more expensive year, if the level of funding of 2014 can be at least maintained in the future then so, too, will the representation by QCEA of the Quaker Voice in Europe.
“Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege." ‐Lucretia Mott, 1853.
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Financial Statements Income Description Sales of publications Study Tours Project‐related income Biennial conference Hirings: meeting rooms and short‐term overnights Lettings: income from staff accomodation Around Europe subscriptions Associate membership Supporting memberships British Quaker donations Dutch Quaker donations German Quaker donations Swiss Quaker donations Donations Belgium and Luxembourg Quakers French Quaker donations Swedish Quaker donations Irish Quaker donations Danish Quaker donations Norwegian Quaker Donations Other Quaker Donations Foundations and trusts JRCT Other Donations Support from Brussels Capital Region for QH Reimbursement from insurance claims Reimbursement for office operating costs (Telephone,etc.) Reimbursement for transportation costs Reimbursement for QHB expenses Bank interest (net) Total income
Expenditure Summary Description Project Expenditure ‐ direct Quaker events: study tour and conference Advocacy projects Printing and Mailing Publications Quaker House Renovations Quaker House Costs
189 7,322 4,976 217 21,691 12,490 863 4,413 2,890 71,606 37,849 5,422 3,248 2,506 350 8,590 8,188 134 4,178 217 16,314 50,000 37 0 0
209 0 0 14,762 20,947 12,900 809 2,658 2,286 66,605 38,253 1,562 2,783 1,250 0 7,088 1,523 268 296 976 8,844 50,000 1,429 25,448 3,768
3,780 543 9,397 18
1,836 0 1,281 1,101
shown below 8,410 4,533
5,682 5,736 22,224
4,735 23,827 25,163
“We are called to do justice to all and walk humbly with our God, to cooperate lovingly with all who share our hopes for the future of the earth." ‐Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice 2012
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Office Costs Council Meetings Staff Costs Staff Salary and Social Charges Other Staff and Contractor Costs, Training Costs and Fees Travel Costs Costs related to search for Deputy Rep Taxes (excluding employment‐related taxes) Financial Charges Depreciation
22,033 5,680 146,527 16,619
23,404 5,302 120,668 ‐3,868
6,483 1,941 277 4,210 153 217
6,225 2,108 3,983 3,306 177 442
Total Expenditure Balance of Income over Expenditure
Balance Sheet Assets (Actif) Fixed Assets (ACTIF Immobilisis) Computers (Matériel Informatique) Office Equipment(Equipment de bureau) Current Assets (ACTIF Circulants) Claims (Créances)
31,102 259,449 1,090 7,929 327
20,484 219,457 ‐ 8,571 639
Balances in bank accounts and as cash (Placements de Trésorierie) Fortis Triodos savings account BE58 2100 5598 1479 SEK Triodos current account (Cpte terme) Caisse (Petty Cash) Total in banks (Total placements de trésorerie) Prepayments and accrued income (Comptes de régularisation) Total Assets (Total Actif)
“If the world is rotten, don't ask why the light is broken. Ask, where are the Christians?" John Salt
QCEA Annual Report 2014 Liabilities (Passif)
Total Designated Reserves
Total Reserves (Patrimoine Total)
Reserve for holiday bonus (Provision pécules de vacances)
Adjustments (Comptes de régulation, produits á reporter)
Patrimoine de départ
Result of current period (Résultat periode en cours) Totel reserves as of 31.12 (Patrimoine total au 31.12) Allocated to following reserves:
General Reserve Designated reserves House Reserve Cash Flow Reserve
Liabilities (Dettes) Suppliers (Fournisseurs) Income Tax on salaries (Précompte professionel) Employer's Social Charges (ONSS) Remuneration
Total Liabilities (Total Passif)
Not included in the figures above are funds held by support groups. As at 31.12.2014 the QCEA British Committee held £21,103 (2013: £29,083) and VVQREA held €52,907,35 (2013 €535,340); both these sums are for the benefit of QCEA but managed by independent charities in the UK and the Netherlands respectively. Funds held by QCEA on behalf of EMEYF as at 31.12.2014 were €11,568 (2013 €11,357).
“We need both a deeper spirituality and a more outspoken witness." Gordon Matthews 1989
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QCEA People in 2014 Council Members Clerk until April 2014 · Richard Condon Clerk from April 2014 · Oliver Robertson Assistant Clerk · Jethro Zevenbergen Treasurer · Tom Heydeman Member of Bureau · Judith Kirton‐Darling Member of Bureau · Sally Sadler Belgium and Luxembourg YM · Jeremy Lester Britain YM · Sarah Coote Denmark YM · Hans Aaen France YM · Gretchen Ellis German YM · Miriam Krämer Ireland YM · Margrit E. Grey Netherlands YM · Joke Akkerman Norway YM · Turi‐Therese Seljen Schoder Sweden YM · Neil Howe (until April 2014) Per Becker (from April 2014) Switzerland YM · Brigitte Seeger (until April 2014) Ed Dommen (from April 2014) FWCC/EMES · Marisa Johnson EMEYF · Matt Loffman (until April 2014) Hannah Slater (from April 2014) QCEA British Committee · Peter Reid VVQREA · Peter van Leeuwen
Committees Bureau Richard Condon (Clerk until April 2014) Tom Heydeman (Treasurer) Judith Kirton‐Darling Oliver Robertson (Clerk from April 2014) Sally Sadler Hans Weening Jethro Zevenbergen (Assistant Clerk) Finance Committee Simon Bond, Treasurer, QCEA‐BC Margrit Grey Tom Heydeman, Treasurer Hennie Jansen, Treasurer, VVQREA Martin Touwen, Clerk of Finance Committee Daphne Wassermann Nominations Committee Davorka Lovrekoviç Felicity McCartney (from October 2014) Judith Roads Peter Spreij (Clerk) Myfanwy Thomas ( until April 2014) Joe Thwaites
Staff Team Alexandra Bosbeer, Representative Sevasti Christoforou, Communications Assistant; Programme Assistant (June ‐ November 2014) Anissa Diraa Translation Intern (February – April 2014) Chris Diskin Programme Assistant (until August 2014) Tim Harman Peace Programme Assistant (from October 2014) Andrew Lane Deputy Representative (from January 2014) Gordon Matthews Office Manager (from January 2014) George Thurley Sustainability Programme Assistant (from September 2014) Rebecca Viney‐Wood Programme Assistant (until July 2014)
Volunteers A number of Friends and supporters have helped QCEA in and out of the office during the year in various ways. Our work is greatly aided by the work of these volunteers, and we warmly acknowledge their contributions. The people who gave of their time to QCEA in 2014 included Jenny Bolliger, Eve Bruce, Greta Hopkins, Wolfgang Rassek, Andreas Schultze, and Joanna Sprackett.
Project Advisory Groups Some of the projects and programme areas are assisted by Project Advisory Groups. Some of the members of these groups are not Council or Committee Members. QCEA wishes to thank the members of our Palestine/Israel Project Advisory Group for their contribution to our work during 2014: Kathy Bergen Eugenie Bosch Kristin Eskeland (from April 2014) Christopher Hatton Penny Heymans (until April 2014) Marisa Johnson John Nicholls
“True peace involves freedom from tyranny and a generous tolerance.... Now is the time to issue an open invitation to cooperate in creative peacemaking, to declare our willingness to make sacrifices... for the common good of men." London Yearly Meeting 1943
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‘I learnt that awareness of social problems and the development of spiritual powers go hand in hand. The power must grow out of the silence and be renewed there, but its practical working out depends on the rain and sunshine of human contacts, which we can always learn from special people.’ Annelies Becker 1989.
The QCEA Annual Report 2014 was designed by Sevi Christoforou