CitiPart “Cities’ Partnership for the defence of fundamental values of the European Union against extremism and populism” is meant to be an interactive network, discussing and reacting on current social and political events on local as well as on European level. The eight members of the network are towns, Europe Houses, European organisations well known in their countries for their involvement in active citizenship, town twinning committees and youth organisations.
An extremely low turnout in the European and other national elections, a bad social and economic situation, growing unemployment, especially youth unemployment, and a general tendency not to trust politicians any more are a fertile soil for the constant raise of various populisms and extremisms. CitiPart wants to react against those increasing tendencies throughout discussions and interactive workshops about the three fundamental European values which are SOLIDARITY, TOLERANCE and PEACE, to foster the intergenerational dialogue and revitalize the exchange between citizens and their local councillors. In this way, they are enabled to identify problems together and to search together for solutions in order to improve the situation on the European level.
The joint reflections on the three fundamental values of the European Union– SOLIDARITY, TOLERANCE and PEACE- will take place during three multilateral during three multilateral meetings.
The participants: young people and adults, members of various associations in the participating towns, members of town twinning committees, teachers, local representatives, etc.
Duration: The project CitiPart will last 24 months. It will take place between the 27th of September 2015 and the 26th of September 2017.
Partners’ activities: creation of a steering group representing the sociocultural fabric of their city. This group will organise the following activities with the assistance of local partners:
- debate-meetings and conferences fostering the exchange with elected politicians and experts. These debates prepare a reflection on a national/European level during the meetings
- Workshops to discuss and further develop new ideas
Specific activities for each topic
- Street interviews (soundtrack, video) on SOLIDARITY
- forum theatre on TOLERANCE
- publication of a newspaper on PEACE
Afterwards, the results of these exchanges will be discussed and compared during multilateral meetings.
Multilateral meetings: they will take place in Warsaw about SOLIDARITY, in Potsdam about TOLERANCE and at the Robert Schuman European Centre in Scy-Chazelles about PEACE. During these meetings the national steering groups present and compare their results and suggestions. After their discussion, a catalogue of suggestions will be presented to the European Commission and to the European deputies. Back in their home country, the members of the steering group think together with local elected politicians on how and by which means the suggestions can be put in practice.
Aims: sustainable partnership and enlargement of the CitiPart network, strengthening the democratic and civic participation on all levels in the area of social, intercultural and volunteering fields within the European Union, identification of obstacles and research for solutions contributing to European citizens’ well-being.
Schedule: a precise schedule containing the dates of the local and multilateral activities is established by the Europe House in the Yvelines and will be validated or, if necessary adapted during the first multilateral meeting at the end of September 2015 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The project partners also discuss on how to approach the three topics. Video-conferencing software can be used for preparation meetings and midterm reviews.
The CitiPart project will be closed with the last multilateral meeting end of September 2017 in Villach (Austria). During this meeting all results of the previous thematic meetings will be presented, as well as the reflections and suggestions. A discussion on the future and the enlargement of the network will take also place.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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