The Association “The Friends of Europe” was founded in Cissé, in 1992.
At this time, the mayor Michel Bouchet, founder of “La Charte des Communes Rurales d’Europe” in 1989, wanted to create this association to help the municipality, but especially to involve more people in these European exchanges through informal meetings: “the Europe for citizen”, to discover the culture and the traditions of the other countries.
So, every year, we try to receive or to go to a twin village, just for 2 or 3 days (it’s not always easy to arrange … but it’s better when there is an association in the village!)
When the country is too far from Cissé, we take the opportunity to visit the country for some days more. For example, some years ago, we received the Petanque club from Esch. 4 years ago, it was the friends of Europe from Naestved and last year we went to Næstved, and this year, we just arrive from Nagycenk, with a little trip in Hungary…
And to meet together the members, we also organise some activities:
- for the Annual Meeting, we invite a person (from the Charter or not) to present his country Lucien Majerus (Troisvierges), Erik Torm (Naestved), Melinda Toth (Nagycenk) went to Cissé).
-we celebrate the Day of Europe (9th May)
-we organise an evening with the photos from the meetings of the past year
-there is also a hike with a heritage tour
-and to close the year, we have a European meal!
And of course, we work always together with the municipality for the organization of the European Meetings.
At this time, we are 100 members.