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How we work

Since April 2024 Back-on-Track is a formal European non-profit organisation headquartered in Brussels with local groups in multiple European countries.

Membership:
As an individual, you may become an active or passive member in one of our local groups. These may be Back-on-Track groups or associated groups who support our goals. If there is no local Back-on-Track group in your country you may become active as a supporter directly on the European level. As an organisation or company supporting our goals you may become an associated member regardless if there is a Back-on-Track group or not. Any member of a local group or supporter on the European level may become active in a working group or project on the European level – provided you feel comfortable communicating in English. If not, consider joining (or founding) a local group.

Our theory of change:
We achieve our goals by developing solid proposals that work for the whole of Europe, through direct lobbying, campaign mobilisation and outreach to political parties and opinion leaders – both at European and national level. We grew out of a grassroots network and aim to remain a volunteer-led, appreciative open space for individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds allowing to learn and contribute within their means. We don’t need to be big to be influential when we co-operate with other movements such as environmental and labour organisations.

Meetings:
We meet online in video conferences (zoom) and coordinate our work using online tools like messengers (like Slack), task managers (like Trello) and cloud drives (like Google). However once in a while we arrange local meet-ups and a yearly European conference to also meet in person. We appreciate differing views on how to reach our common goals and aim for consent.

Membership:
You may join a local group by filling in the appropriate form here on our website. The constitution of membership on the local level depends on the local groups statutes.
For becoming a supporter on the European level (if there is no local Back-on-Track group in your country) join the member list of Back on Track by asking for admission to our internal google group here. By doing so, you enter only the internal group out of two possible groups.

Fees:
As a member of a local group you may have to pay a membership fee according to the groups statutes.
As a supporter on the European level you may donate voluntary, however, a fee for supporters might be levied lateron.

Opinion Building:
Members discuss issues and express their opinions in meetings or using the members (internal) Google group list. Make sure you are also in the large google group. Only members of the list can send e-mails to the other members, can watch who else are members and look at all contributions.

General Assembly:
The general assembly is open to all active members and supporters on the European level. However, only two representatives per member group may vote, one representative one vote. You are an active member when you are willing and capable to do voluntary work and ready to regularly attend our meetings.

Coordination:
Our work is coordinated by a board of directors, taking decisions by absolute majority, one person one vote. The meeting is open to representatives of working groups or projects, however, only board members may vote. Board meeting take place in the evening, are limited to 1.5 hrs and works with a prioritised standard agenda, starting with stat status quo of tasks. Emergency decisions are coordinated via e-mail. Board meetings are announced on the members mailing list. The announcement contains a Zoom meeting link.

In order to organise the practical work in between two coordination Meetings two working groups we set up (In September 2023). The working groups may act within the scope set and the existing policies decided by the coordination meeting. They elect a coordinator and a deputy coordinator to host the meetings and to report to the main meeting. They coordinate their work with a tool that allows members to see the state of their work.

You may join a working group when you are willing and capable to do voluntary work and ready to regularly attend our meetings.

  • The Lobby Working Group prepares position papers, statements, studies, petitions and coordinates contacts with decision-makers, stakeholders and partners on the EU-level. Any member with skills or interest (ideally both) in this work may join. We discuss and write in English, so a B2 level of English language skills is advised. Interim Coordinator is Poul.
  • The Comms Working Group takes care of press contacts/requests, website, social media channels, actions, media productions and publications. Any member with skills or interest (ideally both) in this work may join. We discuss and write in English, so a B2 level of English language skills is advised. Interim Coordinator is Juri.