1. Forming the alliance
The ELIANT Alliance was founded in Brussels in June 2006. The initiative was triggered by the prohibition of the marketability of Demeter baby food under the EU vitamins Regulation that required synthetic vitamins to be added. Demeter standards require products to be free of artificial additives.
This led to the formulation of a charter whose core mission is to promote and develop a cultural diversity in Europe that is based on freedom of choice and the opportunity to exercise that choice – something which is endangered by the absence of a legal framework.
This is the case for instance with anthroposophic medicines that are not made according to the homeopathic guidelines. Anthroposophic medicines have full legal status in only two countries: Germany and Switzerland. It is important that this status be achieved throughout Europe so that patients can have access to anthroposophic medicines in every EU country.
From left to right: Dr. jur. Jürgen Erdmenger (author of the Charter), Commissioner John Dalli (Health and Consumers), Thomas Göing (Project Manager of the ELIANT campaign)
2. Action ELIANT - the collection of one million signatures
The gathering of more than 1 million signatures in support of this Alliance Charter was very inspiring. That so many people – including over 200,000 from outside Europe – showed their solidarity moved us deeply and encouraged us to continue. The handing over of these signatures to the European Commission in Brussels via Commissioner John Dalli, who was responsible for health and consumer affairs, took place on 13 May 2011.
Dr. Michaela Glöckler, the leading figure behind the signature action, handing over the Alliance's memorandum to Commissioner Dalli.
3. Presentation of the Memorandum
The third significant milestone was the writing and presenting of our memorandum, with its 15 recommendations for developing a new legal and political framework for the initiatives of applied anthroposophy. The moment of handing it over to the Commission marked the beginning of ELIANT's civic activitites in Brussels.
Developing ELIANT as an NGO
Since 2012 ELIANT has been developing as a non-governmental organisation. Strong civic backing is needed to actively influence the way things develop in Brussels. We are currently engaged in transforming the ELIANT Alliance into a strong membership organisation that is concerned not only about the products and services of applied anthroposophy but is also willing to work with other organisations having similar goals. We are delighted that to date nearly half a million people already subscribe to our newsletter!
Participation in the socio-political discourse in the EU
As a common European platform for the various fields of activity of anthroposophic initiatives: Waldorf schools, Demeter agriculture, anthroposophic medicine, curative education, social therapy, patients, etc. We have so far participated in the following action:
“TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?”, 15-16 June, 2015
The EU's new seed law, 22 January 2014
Furthering the development of children, 23-26 October 2013
CATS: Children as Actors for Transforming Society, 24-30 July 2013