On 21 June 2022, the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO) participated in an in-person Brussels civil society panel hosted by the European Parliament’s Greens Group. As part of the half-day event, participants were said to have shared their key priorities and policy proposals with MEPs, campaigners, and policy advisors. According to a FEMYSO Facebook post:
The event started with a panel discussion facilitated by MEP Philippe Lambert where MEP Daniel Freund and Joy Clara Schaflein, citizen representatives at Conference on the Future of Europe spoke about the prospects and the follow-up of the conference, challenges and the implementation process.
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The European Greens (EFA) website says the event aimed at developing the EFA strategy for the next two years, providing an opportunity to influence the party’s policy-makers in an informal setting and network with staff and other NGO colleagues. Break-out sessions, held in the presence of several Greens MPs, covered topics such as the rule of law and democracy, ecological transition, and social and economic justice.
FEMYSO is the youth/student arm of the Council of European Muslims, formerly known as the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE), known to represent the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. One of the important leaders of FEMYSO over the years has been German Muslim Brotherhood leader Ibrahim El-Zayat, and in recent times, its leadership has been drawn from the family of important Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) leaders. Almost all FEMYSO member organizations are also tied to the GMB in Europe. Over the years, FEMYSO has developed relationships with the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and many other significant organizations at the European and international levels.
Prior Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reporting on the relationship between European Greens parties and Islamist groups has included:
- In November 2020, the GIOR discovered that Dutch Greens MP and former FEMYSO board member Kauthar Bouchallikh is likely the daughter of Mostapha Bouchallikh, one of the most important leaders of the GMB in the Netherlands.
- In April 2021, the GIOR reported that the Berlin Senator for Justice and his Greens party had vowed continued cooperation with an individual described as an anti-Muslim racism expert, defying opposition warnings about his ties to Islamist groups.
- In May 2022, the GIOR reported that politicians of the Dutch Greens party attended a Ramadan fast-breaking ceremony held by Millî Görüş, a Turkish religious and political movement that has called for an end to the secular regime in Turkey.
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