The workshop “Participating to Build a European Identity”, organized by Mediter in the framework of IDEA-C project, was held on 10 of December in Bruxelles, at 7 p.m., at the headquarter of the cultural association “PuntoDemocratico” (Clos du Parnasse12/E).
The low turnout rate at the last European elections is a warning signal that cannot be ignored: the European construction will be credible and strong if the largest participation of citizens is ensured.
During the workshop, experts and civil society tried to find together answers to the following questions: how to reduce the democratic deficit? What ideas, what tools can be envisaged to encourage the involvement of civic society in the EU decision-making?
There were as speakers Giovanni Colombo (PD in Bruxelles), Pietro Emili (Maison du Peuple d’Europe), Victor Matteucci (director of Mediter network). The journalist Maria Laura Franciosi, expert in Europan Affairs, moderated the debate.
This workshop was promoted in the framework of the IDEA-C project – « Programme Europe for Citizens» .
Mediter network is one of the partners taking part to the project IDEA-C, which aims to restore electoral faith among EU citizens and to promote the democratic engagement and civic participation.
The project was conceived considering the alarmingly low turnout rate in EU elections in some countries where voting is not compulsory and the democratic deficit it causes across Europe.
IDEA- C will address the three main causes for low electoral participation found in collaboration with the project partners:
lack of interest and of knowledge of the democratic workings of the EU mistrust towards EU institutions
lack of sense of belonging to Europe.
– lack of interest and of knowledge of the democratic workings of the EU
– mistrust towards EU institutions
– lack of sense of belonging to Europe.
The main contractor of the project is the Municipality of Geraci Siculo (Province of Palermo, Italy).
Thirteen partners take part in the project, including the network Mediter.
IDEA-C will consist of 13 local workshops organised from each partner organization + 4 International events.
The project, coordinated by EProjectConsult – European Institute for Training and Research, is part of the Europe for Citizens Programme 2014 – 2020, Measure 2.2 Strand 2.
For any further information about the project, click on http://idea-c.weebly.com/