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ERIC Number: ED538881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 69
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-9-2920-1261-8
The Citizen's Effect: 25 Features about the Europe for Citizens Programme
Reding, Viviane
European Union
Public forums and shared spaces in which citizens can debate and deliberate have always constituted essential elements of a democratic society. Today, the Europe for Citizens Programme serves to create a modern European agora. Launched in 2007, the programme supports initiatives that bring people together in international and intercultural exchanges. Every year, about 1000 different organisations from the 30 participating countries (the 27 member states of the European Union, together with Croatia, Macedonia and Albania) have been awarded grants to support their activities and projects. The diversity of eligible applicants -- NGOs, local authorities, education institutions, volunteering networks and many more -- helps deliver the active citizenship message to people from all walks of life. The types of funded projects are just as diverse. Town Twinning projects and networks of twinned towns have proven to be highly effective means of bringing together European citizens from different countries, enhancing tolerance and mutual understanding. Whether it is a festival, a conference on the topic of democracy or a study on the well-being of elderly citizens in European rural areas, each project offers opportunities for intercultural dialogue and experience sharing. Civil society organisations and think tanks also play a significant role in promoting European values and fostering action, debate and reflection regarding European identity. Another relevant category of initiatives deals with active remembrance. These projects are striving to keep alive the memory of victims under Nazism and Stalinism. Using creative and appealing methods of interaction and dissemination of information, such as theatre, role-playing games, story-writing and video reports, the funded projects succeed in involving European youth and attracting public attention. Europe for Citizens is reaching an important milestone. The 2007-2013 cycle draws to a close and a new seven year programme is planned to begin in 2014. In the light of the remarkable results produced so far, the programme is going to be continued and fine tuned to suit the contexts of the changing times. A greater emphasis will be placed on initiatives that stimulate debate, reflection and cooperation that contribute to citizens understanding of the European Union. The aim is to foster European citizenship and encourage civic participation at Union level. This booklet brings the stories behind 25 selected projects to the fore, showcasing the core elements that define the European Citizenship of the 21st century.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: European Union (EU) (Belgium)
Identifiers - Location: European Union