The “Vereinigung Deutsch-Französischer Gesellschaften für Europa e.V.” (VDFG-FAFA) is an association of 150 German-French societies, partnership associations of German-French town twinnings, “Clubs d’Affaires” and German-French choirs. Its president, Dr. Margarete Mehdorn, has a clear opinion on the European Statute of Associations:
Without a European statute for associations, we cannot achieve real cross-border networking in civil society through transnational associations; and this is indispensable both for cohesion in Europe and for the development of European citizenship! Without such a statute, any civic initiative will be stuck in the national sphere. And it is precisely these people-to-people relationships in the associations that promote mutual understanding, promote understanding and weave a stable network of solidarity and friendship.