The European Union is facing the worst crisis since its founding which is undermining its principles and future. This is a multidimensional crisis, which concerns not only financial and economic matters, but also social issues; citizens’ confidence; the immigration and refugees flows and the European institutional architecture. In the EU Parliament more than one quarter of MEPs are critical toward the EU and the Euroscepticism is raising in the different countries. Data from Eurobarometer shows that the trust in the European project has fallen in the last 5 years.
In particular, with the support of local partners, in each involved territories, the following activities/events will be developed:
- Community meetings;
- Open debates in schools and universities;
- Round Tables;
- Information stands (in the squares of the municipalities);
- Social media campaigns and discussions
Starting from the activities usually developed by Focus Europe, thanks to it network, in the small European communities, where often EU is felt as distant, the action, intends, through specific actions, providing citizens information in view of the European Election of 2019, also because in the involved areas the public perception toward the EU tend to be increasingly negative. Citizens are living through times of strongly felt insecurity (data confirmed by the Eurobarometer) which is fertile ground for the raising of the Anti-European movements who are undermining the European values.
The action has been developed according to the priorities of the Call for proposal, taking into account the current situation in the EU and in particular the strong connection between the current crisis and Euroscepticism and the forthcoming European elections. The project will be the occasion not only to promote the participation at the next Elections but also to promote the Pro-European positions, also in a critical but constructive way and without prejudices.
Encourage democratic and civic participation at the European Election of 2019
Enhance the understanding of the political nature of the European Parliament, its role and functioning
Promote a better understanding of the European Parliament as the “voice of citizens”, as the only democratically elected European institution
Inform about the European Parliament’ active involvement in field that matter to citizens
Disseminate information and promote dialogue about the EP’ activities
Promote debate among citizens, school, Universities and CSOs on topics directly linked to the European Elections of 2019
Promote the communication tools developed by the EP on the forthcoming European Elections;