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Euromunicipalism, beyond EU capital cities

Information and schedule of working days in Gharb (Malta)

Project partners and interested people from Malta, Spain, Poland, Rumania, Greece, Hungary and Netherlands, will discuss about:

-EuroMuncipalism

– Citizen initiatives and collaboration between the council and the citizens

-The municipality revolution

– EU policies and its application at local level

– Regional government
– “New participation tools for building an inclusive Europe” EU policies and its application at local level.

– Collecting ideas for European Citizen Initiatives

And much more about Maltese culture and traditions.

 

 

Meeting in POLAND

From 29th November to 2nd December the FUTUREU project partners met in Warsaw (Poland) for the third meeting of the project.

During the meeting, we visited 3 of the cultural centres »Waweskie Centrum Kultury’ and all the participants could see the work that children, young people and adults do there (theatre and improvisation, music, pottery workshops, reading workshops, yoga and much more). Furthermore, they shared experiences of good practices so that each partner can further improve their municipality and involve young people in local life.

Each partner from Malta, Hungary, the Netherlands, Greece, Romania, Poland and Spain involved young people as a stakeholders to participate in the project and this has been very satisfying because we have been able to share many experiences and different points of view.
Among the work carried out, the working group discussed how to encourage civil society, and especially young people, to participate actively in political life. They designed the «ideal city», the «ideal high school», the «ideal youth centre», the «ideal school» and the «ideal town hall» to try to achieve this.
In addition, there was time for an Oxford-style debate on whether it is appropriate for a country to set the voting age at 16. In this debate, young people and adults participated and contributed their views and very interesting arguments both for and against.

Finally, it should be noted that the members were able to enjoy a beautiful and Christmas-like Warsaw, as well as its gastronomy.

All in all, this meeting has been very enriching for the whole group.

We can’t wait to meet again at the next meeting in Malta.

FUTUREU-BUCHAREST PARTNERS MEETING (ROMANIA).

The second meeting of the FUTUREU project took place in Bucharest from 7th to 10th of September. Partners from Poland, Malta, Hungary, Netherlands and Greece attended the meeting in person. While the partners from Spain witnessed it online

They were two days of work in which first of all, the Romanian partners were in charge of welcoming and presenting the functioning of the European citizens’ initiative that they carry out from Romania. They explained how these initiatives became a reality, the process and how exactly the message reaches the main beneficiaries. In this way, the participants were able to learn about other participation mechanisms, especially for young people, in which they can play a leading role within the European framework. Several representatives of the National Union of Romanian Students were also present at this seminar.

In addition, the participants had the opportunity to visit the Information Office of the European Parliament (House of Europe) where they learned more about local European initiatives and how young people can have local initiatives. The visit took place in the form of a dialogue, both between the young people, the partner delegations and the representatives of Europarl Romania.

During the meeting there was time to discuss good local initiatives that promote citizen participation, such as the Bucharest citizens’ initiatives fair. Mr. Daniel Enachescu, responsible for Asociatia Impressum of the FUTUREU project, explained to the attendees its main features and functionalities in the local reality of Bucharest.

On the second working day a dynamic workshop took place in which all partners shared some examples about their local activities and how they promote citizen participation.

After all the activities mentioned above, work started on the common infographic containing the best practices in terms of citizen participation and the best practices in terms of civic engagement in the municipalities of the partners that were worked/displayed during the event in Bucharest.
This infographic will be prepared and presented at the next meeting that will take place in Poland during the month of November and December.

KICK OFF MEETING ALMUSSAFES

During the days from 7 to 10 June, the City Council of Almussafes received the European partners from Romania, Poland, Greece, Netherlands and Hungary that are part of the European Project CERV (Citizens-Town) called FUTUREU.

With this project, which is based on the Charter of the Conference on the Future of Europe, the aim is to work to increase the participation of citizens, and above all, of young people in Europe. Another objective is the promotion of European values and the fight against Euroscepticism.
European citizenship, and more specifically youth, must put on the table the debate on what should be Europe’s challenges and priorities for the coming years.

8 are the meetings and work packages that have to be held throughout the 18 months of duration of this project in the cities of the different partner entities.
The first meeting was held in Almussafes, as the Almussafes City Council itself is the entity that launched this project as the coordinating entity and to which the rest of the interested entities have adhered.

This first event was a great success. Among the programme was the visit of Ana Enguidanos, General Director of Relations with the European Union and the State, from Europe Direct- Generalitat Valenciana and the presentation of two examples of good practices of participation of the City Council of Almussafes.

Among these, Alfonso López, Education expert of Almussafes City Council, presented the process for the creation of the Council for Childhood and Adolescence in Almussafes; a small sample of what the Council works with children; what implications it has for the municipality, the province and the State; as well as presented some of the actions that have been carried out in Almussafes born from the ideas that have been launched from the Council itself, both urban, as cultural programming, and involvement for equality, vulnerable groups, etc..

In addition, Elena Pardo, Psychologist of the Department of Social Welfare presented the space »Som Salut’’ (We are Health). This has been a space designed to gather the concerns and needs of citizens in terms of health combined with the vision provided by municipal technicians and health professionals from our health department. Three representatives of associations from the municipality accompanied Elena to explain what their experience has been like in the space and what changes are going to be implemented in the municipality to improve people’s health in terms of health and urban planning, among others.

During the afternoon of the 8th, a day of citizen participation was held in which needs and proposals for action were collected to be transferred to Europe through the platform created by the European Commission »Raise your voice and have your say» in which young people can launch through voice notes their ideas for improvement of what they would like to change.

On the 9th the partners met to determine the roadmap for the development of this project in the coming months.

All in all, a very enriching meeting was held for all the European partners and the citizens who were involved. In addition to working towards the objective of this project, the coexistence between the people who have participated in these days has provided new lines of work for other areas that go beyond what is proposed in this initiative. And surely, this is also what the European Commission pursues with the design of the different European programmes: to increase social cohesion, cooperation and the active participation of citizens.