FOSDEM Belgian follow-up

Nicolas Pettiaux nicolas at
Tue Feb 4 21:26:50 CET 2014


I have indeed launched and worked a lot on that has followed, a copy/adaptation in Belgium
of the French initiative

Thiw was done maintly and mostly by Philippe Teuwen and myself. We have
setup the technical and done most of the actions. We have had some relay in
2009 to have candidates from the cdH party sign, but Philippe and myself
have contacted most other candidates ourselves. This was exhausting so.

We have therefore decided not to work on the campaign again if no other
people join strong enough. So far, even after my request for help on many
different lists and to different groups, I have not seen any help coming.

Being busy by work and seeing this lack of interest and preparation, I have
therefore decided NOT to work on a 4th campaign this year.

The campaings of 2009, 2010 and 2012 have costed us (Philippe and myself)
much to much energy and money (I have spent a personnal fortune on phone
calls to policians)

But I would be more than happy to see you stepping in, working on the
website to have it work again, and contacting the politicians or setting up
a full and better campaign.

Best regards,


2014-02-04 Maël Brunet <maelbrunet at>:

> Hello,
> Adding Nicolas to the thread.
> That would be great ... FSFE had plans to launch a similar campaign but
>> we learned that April[1] launched the campaign[2] just some minutes
>> before. :(
> I think April's initiative concerns the EU elections, while what Rytis
> talked about and are for the Belgian federal and regional
> elections.
> During the meeting at Fosdem I offered to draft some ideas for an action
> plan on and still intend to do so but will probably only find
> time next week.
> Best
> Maël
> 2014-02-04 Mauricio Nascimento <aurion at>:
>> On 04/02/14 15:04, Rytis Bagdziunas wrote:
>> > Hi all,
>> >
>> > Some of us met at FOSDEM. As a reminder, I'm from the Belgian branch.
>> Hi Rytis, nice to meet you. I am from the Belgian branch as well and I
>> am really sorry I got late and missed that important meeting.
>> I hope we can work together here in Belgium to re-activate our sleeping
>> cell and plan some activities very soon.
>> How about a fellowship meeting this month?
>> > On the Belgian side, we talked about relaunching
>> > <> initiative for the coming Euopean/federal/regional
>> > elections in May. That could be a good way for newcomers, like me, to
>> > get into FSFE movement.
>> That would be great ... FSFE had plans to launch a similar campaign but
>> we learned that April[1] launched the campaign[2] just some minutes
>> before. :(
>> So we decided to first, as individuals and citizens, to support April
>> campaign and some French fellows are getting in touch with April's
>> organization to see how FSFE can fully engage on it. I think at this
>> moment we should concentrate the efforts and support one campaign, to
>> make it bigger instead of spreading the efforts on two or even three
>> campaigns on the same topic.
>> > Since electoral lists aren't finished yet, it's not for today but we
>> > should be ready for some bulk e-mailing as of March, I guess.
>> >
>> > First thing to do is to get in touch with Nicolas Pettiaux who did it
>> > the first time and see if he's still interested/willing to help.
>> >
>> > You guys have any additional thoughts or remarks on this?
>> I talked to Nicola some weeks ago, I think we should meet him to talk
>> about it if he is still interesting on that subject.
>> Please let me know if we can setup a fellowship meeting this month, that
>> would be awesome. :)
>> Cheers,
>> Mauricio Nascimento
>> [1]
>> [2]
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