Project

EUact2 Project: "Towards Democratic and Inclusive Europe - EP Elections and Active Citizens Participation and Contribution"

16.11.2022
EUAct2

About

EUact2-“Towards Democratic and Inclusive Europe: EP Elections and Active Citizens Participation and Contribution” is a 2-year project funded by the European Union that aims to build a sustained level of citizens’ activism, especially among young people, so their voices are better represented in the European policymaking.

More than 90% of Europeans say that their voice should be taken more into account and 89% reply that democracy in the EU needs to be strengthened. The turnout to EP elections is consistently unimpressive, with a gap between women and men voters. The COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian war in Ukraine, and the energy and economic crises have presented a new mix of challenges. How to enhance citizens’ understanding of the EU, broaden ownership of the European project and build trust in the EU’s promise of a better future for all, with open, rights-based, democratic, equal, and inclusive Union-based rule of law?

What is the goal?

We aim to engage, connect, and empower EU citizens, especially young people. We want to ensure the sustainability of activism and participation in European policy-making, increasing the legitimacy of decision-making, while also contributing to an open, right-based, democratic, equal and inclusive Union, based on rule of law. 

How we will do it? 

Four partners GLOBSEC, Slovakia, European Movement Ireland, ELIAMEP, Greece, and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Austria have developed a multidimensional project. 

We will use a bottom-up approach, involving citizens, especially young people, directly and giving them an opportunity to influence policies in the EU, through:

  • conducting focus groups and assessing perceptions
  • drafting policies and practical solutions with young leaders’ involvement
  • creating and disseminating ‘vote for Europe’ public campaign across the EU
  • organising public debates and informative sessions in various formats
  • providing e-democracy open and safe space for discussion
  • introducing policy recommendations to EU policymakers

Within the EUact2 there will be 31 activities, involving citizens, especially young people, experts, EU policymakers, representatives of NGOs, and media, primarily but not only from Austria, Greece, Ireland, and Slovakia. The direct participation for all events is estimated at 1500 people, with an indirect reach of around 200 000 people. The project aims to achieve equal gender participation in all activities.
 

Our work will lead to several outcomes:

  • more educated, motivated, and engaged EU citizens, especially young people
  • increased democratic participation, including a higher voting turnout in the European Parliament elections in 2024
  • enhanced opportunities for citizens’ cooperation with decision-makers, with a contribution to European policymaking

A final set of recommendations will be presented and hand-delivered to relevant EU policymakers in Brussels in 2024.

The implementation period is from 1 October 2022 to 30 September 2024.

EU funded

 

Partners

Events

Event

Event summary of an in-person policy dialogue titled "EU's post-elections trajectory: What role for citizens and civil society?", that focused on the in...

16.07.2024
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Summary of the EUact2 debate on the topic of Northern Ireland and EU Representation.

15.07.2024
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Summary of event with young voices from across the EU to reflect on the recent EP election and dissect what the outcomes mean for the youth of Europe. ...

24.06.2024
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Summary of online debate on the rule of law and democracy in the EU in light of the European Parliament elections.

17.06.2024
Event

Discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing the EU over the next five years held in Greece.

17.06.2024
13.06.2024
Event

On May 10 2024, European Movement Ireland hosted a large in-person

13.06.2024
13.06.2024
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Comedians and opinion-shapers from three different European countries sat down to discuss their shared experiences with the EU.

30.05.2024
Event

Looking back at Slovakia’s 20 years of EU membership what will the country’s next chapter be after these elections?

22.05.2024
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Join us for a discussion on the EP elections with a twist of humor, led by comedians from three European countries!

17.05.2024
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The focus of the debate was on housing and healthcare but also misinformation surrounding the issues.

26.03.2024
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The discussion focused on Bulgaria’s and Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area in light of the successful example of Croatia.

26.03.2024
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Key takeaways from our event discussing the role of women in Slovak politics and obstacles to equal representation.

19.03.2024
Event

Summary and key takeaways from the discussion "Youth and Digital Democracy: Navigating Information in Times of Elections".

07.03.2024
Event

Pridajte sa k nám 12. marca 2024 od 18:00 do 19:30 v Záhrade v Banskej Bystrici, kde spolu prediskutujeme postavenie žien v slovenskej politike.

06.03.2024
26.02.2024
Event

27. február 2024 I 18:00 - 19:30 I Kulturama, Račianska 22A, Bratislava

19.02.2024
Event

Young leaders gather to discuss EU Enlargement, Migration, Climate, and Digital today and up to 2040.

28.11.2023
Event

Together with other EU citizens, you will be able to discuss the most urgent challenges we are facing today related to climate change and digital transf...

06.11.2023
01.08.2023
01.08.2023
31.07.2023
11.07.2023
20.04.2023
26.10.2022