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First Europe for Citizens civil society project in Albania
First We are pleased to announce that the The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) has approved the first Albanian project under Europe for Citizens Programme Action 2 – Active Civil Society in Europe (Measure 3 - Support to projects initiated by civil society organisations).
The project, entitled ‘Active European Citizenship for Democracy and Participation: Bridging EU and Western Balkans’ is a joint activity of NGOs from Albania, Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Serbia and Macedonia. The entire action will last for 17 months and features activities in Albania, Germany, Macedonia and Serbia.
The project aims are:
- to analyse the perception of the notion of citizenship and European citizenship among citizens of Western Balkan countries
- to explore the impact EU policies and prospective EU membership of Western Balkan countries have on democracy and participation across EU and the Western Balkans
- to develop proposals for local initiatives implemented by NGOs for fostering civic engagement and political participation in the Western Balkans
- to enhance citizen's participation in the democratic life of the EU by encouraging interaction between citizens, civil society organisations and policy-makers in partner countries on issues of relevance for European citizens
A set of activities is planned to reach the objectives in response to a need for an intensified involvement of citizens on local, national and European levels at a moment where the successful model of a European integration (at the 20th birthday of EU citizenship) based on economic and political integration is challenged by an economic crisis.
We will keep you updated about the start of the project that is planned for August 2013 and soon we will launch the website of the project.