The European institutions have limited staff compared to the mass of files to be processed. Besides, they operate on the basis of contradictory debate, and allow everybody to come to defend their position. Each member of the civil society, each interest grouping can take part in the debate on issues that concern him and speak out. That in itself is very positive but, in practice, the scale of the task makes it difficult to consult all the actors. As a consequence, if you do not effectively take part in this debate, it is very likely that, due to a lack of information, you are "forgotten" in the process.
In other words, to ensure that your views are taken into consideration in the EU, you have to be as striking as possible and establish for each case a clear, complete and operational file. It is important to develop a proactive and coordinated advocacy strategy, suited to the European environment and taking into account the EU agenda. Our office in Brussels is at your disposal to help you in these tasks.
Before engaging in any procedure, we can identify together the relevant actors to work on your situation. Prior to reaching each actor, it is important to enquire in advance about its expertise and means of action in order to adapt your arguments and your requests.
When dealing with the various actors of the EU, remember that you do not always communicate with experts on the issues discussed as the EU officials process dozens of files at the same time, on highly diverse problems. Do not make the assumption that your contact knows the Aboriginal concerns or is informed of the situation in your area.
It is important to favour a clear and succinct writing. Your contact in the EU must be able to understand the problem, learn about the facts and know your claims in a short time. Moreover, the officials aware of your problem will in turn be able to inform you of the work in progress that may help you.
Try to make your requests operational: do not just denounce situations, but suggest to your contact avenues to solve the situation as much as possible.