“We have taken the hard joint decision to postpone the small meeting in Esch (The Netherlands)
and youth meeting in Cashel (Ireland), which were scheduled for May.”
– President Boy Scholtze
Esch, 17 March 2020
“The developments in the current Pandemic regarding the Coronavirus Covid-19 are changing rapidly. All countries are taking far-reaching measures which affect the everyday lives of us, European citizens, dramatically. Schools, shops, public meetings, even borders are closing.
On Friday, I sent a letter of support to our friends in Bucine (Italy). The mayor’s reaction deeply impressed me. Apart from being grateful for the support from his European friends, he also warned us for the dramatic and tragic consequences of the virus. Combined with the growing concerns and measures taken all over Europe, this made me reconsider the upcoming Charter program.
It is therefore I am sending you this message with great sorrow. In close consultation with our LYCEUM and Reform project teams and project owners Ockelbo and Nagycenk, the Presidium but most of all the host municipalities, we have taken the hard joint decision to postpone the small meeting in Esch (The Netherlands) and youth meeting in Cashel (Ireland), which were scheduled for May.
Since nobody can predict how the upcoming weeks, maybe months, will look like, I strongly believe we should make a sensible approach. For the safety of participants and host families, this was the only possible decision. Also because our great programs LYCEUM and reform and the efforts of the organisations deserve a fully fledged program.
The meetings will be postponed, not cancelled. With all parties involved we will find new dates for the meetings to take place. At this moment, we do not know when it will be exactly, at least not before the summer. As soon as we have more information, we will immediately share it with you.
For the sake of completeness: the annual summer meeting in Bienvenida (Spain) is still scheduled to take place as planned, for the time being. We hope the virus is defeated by then and we can gather to do what we love most: people meeting people. Once again, this was not an easy decision but I’m grateful for all parties involved to fully support it. I would like to thank all of you for your understanding and supportive messages.
To use the words of mr. Benini, the mayor of Bucine: “Our daily lives have been turned upside down by this crisis but we are all fighting together. We will come back stronger.”
Take care of yourselves and your beloved ones. Stay safe and a big hug to all of you (from safe distance).”
– Boy Scholtze