The activities of the event took place in the House of Culture of City Diósd, located in the centre of the city.
The basis of the professional work was a lecture accompanied by a ppt presentation, the topic of which was: ‘Presentation and rules of application of the European citizens’ initiative’ (ECI). In addition, some Hungarian internet-based interfaces supporting civil initiatives were also presented, showing concrete examples of initiatives.
After the presentation, the partner delegations held a joint discussion on the topic. As part of this, short written answers were given to the following seven point questions:
1) Have you heard about European citizens’ initiative?
2) How do think this procedure can be effective?
3) At the European level, what kind of topic would be useful to choose?
4) Do you think that citizens want to participate in EU programs in order to change the EU?
5) How could you motivate people to deal with common European issues?
6) Do you think Euroscepticism is the reason why people do not want to participate in such activities?
7) Could you say examples of initiatives at local, national and EU level?
Participants were ready to express their opinions to the questions.
Another professional topic of the meeting related to the theme of ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’, which dealt with the two-year program initiated by the EU, carried out by involving all member-states in the period of 2020-2022. The theme was introduced by a ppt presentation (8 slides), and followed by a discussion in the frame of a working groups titled: «European Citizen Initiatives based on the Conference on the Future of Europe’s ideas report». Participants were prepared for a common discussion, and the lead partner led the workshop activity by listening and gathering the opinions of the delegates. Additionally, the materials of the National Activity Report of each country could be used for setting up a Compendium of the European Citizen Initiatives.
In line with the Agenda, the actual status and tasks of the project implementation, communication and dissemination activities were discussed in a session led by the project coordinator of Lead Partner Municipality of Almussafes on June 2.
As a complementary activity related to the theme of the project, a guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament building took place. The importance of the role of the parliament in the democratic society was supported by a personal view of the historic building, hearing about the most significant events of the Hungarian parliamentarism, connecting the topic with the recent theme of the project: ‘Understanding our need as EU citizens, Resilient Europe’.
All in all, a very satisfactory meeting where it was possible to discover the Hungarian culture and share experiences among the participants from different countries.