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CITIZEU - The Impact of Euroscepticism in the construction of Europe


" The Impact of Euroscepticism in the construction of Europe", is the new project which has embarked our city under the program Europe for Citizens. The project will seek to bring Europe closer to our citizens, combining content as teaching civic participation through which to articulate a mechanism at local level to fight against the incipient Euroscepticism suffering Europe".

"Let the citizens more in the center of all political action.The European Union is not a project of elites, quite the opposite. Born and grows to ensure the welfare of all citizens"

Antonio Tajani (President of the European Parliament)

Speech from the Princess of Asturias Awards 2017

Along with Gijon in the implementation of the project it has formed a consortium in which are present five cities or organizations of European cities, in order to produce a multiplier effect, a territorial connection between different territorial areas and finally cooperation common towards a better Europe.

The project has received the maximum funding of such projects, 150,000 euros, expecting a period of implementation of two years.

As forthe substance of the draft it will be geared to achieving the following objectives:

  • On one hand, the project will seek to link to citizens of six European cities to understand the European Union, in order to acquire a knowledge of its institutional structure, its history, its achievements and its system of multilevel governance.
  • On theother hand, it aims to promote one proactive understanding was the response of the origins, consequences, motivations and possible solutions boom Euroscepticism and the effects this may have on the European project.
  • In addition, this project has the goal ofcontributing understanding about the EU, its image, promotion of citizen participation, European citizenship, identity and tolerance and understanding of different European states.

These goals will be achieved through a tripartite system of actions to be performed by all project partners and its citizens:

1. Platform educational content online access to all citizens and free through which two MOOC courses will be held:

  • MOOC Course I: "Europe is you I"•- European history.

    •- human values.

    •- rights of European citizens.•European Institutions, their activity and the main achievements of the EU.•-Euroescepticismo: origin and consequences.•-future Europe.
  • MOOC Course II:"Europe is you II"

    •- Topics covered in national events andtransnational.•- Globalization.•- Immigration.•- Euroscepticism.•- National elections and its effect on European affairs.•- European policy and European affairs.•- European elections 2019.

2. Platform online participa.gijon.es: "Participates CITIZEU"

  • Development of this online participation platform where one can generate feedback among all project participants (discussions, questions, suggestions, etc.), for the purpose of generating proactive activity in our citizens on European issues.

3. Celebration of five citizens dialogues in different European cities (project partners):

  • Transnational citizen dialogue among the participants of the debate and invited representatives of various local, regional, national and European institutions.The dialogues have the following objectives:

• - Improve global knowledge about Europe.• - To promote public debatebetween them and between cities and states.• - To promote intercultural dialogue and new perspectiveson issues.• - To encourage the participation of citizens with disadvantaged circumstances(discrimination on grounds of sex, race, ethnicity, religion, or belief, disability, etc.)

Dates of dialogues


Meet our partners

Genoa City Hall: http://www.comune.genova.it/

Nuremberg City Hall: https://www.nuernberg.de/internet/stadtportal/index.html

Ayuntamiento de Alba Iuliahttp://www.apulum.ro/index.php/consiliu

Finnish NGO "AEKS" https://www.aeks.fi/en/news/

Think Tank Belgian "CEPS" https://www.ceps.eu/

University of Oviedo: http://www.uniovi.es/

Project funded by the European Program "Europe for Citizens" https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/europe-for-citizens_en

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