Τhe project aims to encourage democratic and civic participation of Greek, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Hungarian, Belgian and Dutch young citizens and give them an opportunity to express their concerns and vision towards common challenges related to the European identity, diversity and the future of Europe. More specifically the project aims to a) give an opportunity to young citizens around Europe to express their views and concerns about diversity, European identity and the future of EU; b) promote active citizenship and reflect to the future of EU; c) promote solidarity, mutual respect and tolerance towards the diverse; d) deepen participants’ knowledge on EU and its benefits; e) invite citizens to act together by providing them an opportunity to concretely participate in the shaping of the Union’s political agenda; f) support intercultural dialogue between different European countries; g) highlight the importance of volunteering and h)establish a common approach concerning the future of Europe.
During the first 3 months of the project and in order to analyze the current situation each partner will produce a video with the title “What does Europe Mean for me” where young people from each partner country will share their views and concerns about diversity issues, European identity and the future of Europe. Seven One-day community dialogue events (debates) among citizens and other stakeholders will follow. These events will be organized in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Belgium and Portugal. One informative day will be organized in Athens, where CSOs form all the participating countries will be brought together in order to highlight and inform citizens about the importance of volunteering, how it can enhance mutual respect and tolerance. The activity aims also to inform and raise awareness of the “European Solidarity Corps”, while one workshop for youth will be organized in Sofia (Bulgaria), where young people from all the partner countries will participate. The purpose of this workshop will be to give an opportunity to European youth to debate and draft recommendation on the future of EU. The video produced during the first months of the project will be projected in the European Parliament with the aim to give voice to the European youth citizens. All videos and activities of the project will be spread in social media. At the end of the project a summary of the community dialogues’ results will be presented into an e-publication in order to be widely disseminated throughout Europe.
ANCE leads the partnership which is consisted of ASSOCIAZIONE GIOVANILE DI PROMOZIONE SOCIALE NOUS (Italy), CLUBE INTERCULTURAL EUROPEU (Portugal), STICHTING CROSS CULTURAL BRIDGES (Netherlands), KOLLEG FUR MANAGEMENT UND GESTALTUNG NACHHALTIGER ENTWICKLUNG (Germany), MULTI KULTI COLLECTIVE (Bulgaria), EGYÜTT AZ INTERKULTURÁLIS AKCIÓÉRT ALAPÍTVÁNY (Hungary), YOUNG EUROPEAN LEADERSHIP (Belgium) and TELEDUCA EDUCACIÓ I COMUNICACIÓ SCP (Spain).
The project is funded by the EUROPE FOR CITIZENS Programme.