On 25 November 2021, the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO) participated in a virtual conference with the European Commission Executive Vice-President to discuss proposals for the European Green Deal. According to a Facebook post announcing the event:
Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans from the European Commission meets with young people with different religious backgrounds to discuss with them their proposals and ideas for the European Green Deal, which shall ensure a just and fast transition to a climate-friendly and sustainable continent.
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Italian media quoted Timmermans as saying the conference posed an opportunity to present proposals of young people on how to face ecological and social challenges. The European Green Deal is the EU’s main new growth strategy to transition the EU economy to a sustainable economic model.
In a Twitter post, FEMYSO urged other initiatives to join them in the event, co-hosted by the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (Comece) and which brought together over 100 representatives of European faith-based youth associations. Roberta Metsola, Vice-President of the European Parliament, addressed the participants with a video message.
The interfaith climate conference also featured a speech by British imam and Muslim activist Ajmal Masroor. In 2005, Masroor resigned from his candidacy for the Liberal Democrats party in West Ham after it emerged he had used the website of a radical Muslim group accused of anti-Semitism to promote his campaign. In 2021, Masroor also ran in the election for Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), among Britain’s most influential Muslim organizations that historically jas acted in concert with the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
FEMYSO is the youth/student arm of the Council of European Muslims, formerly known as the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, 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 also been drawn from the family of important GMB leaders. Almost all of the FEMYSO member organizations are also tied to the Muslim Brotherhood 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.
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