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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:

Lesson 0. Welcome!

Lesson 1. Past, Present and Future of the European Union

Lesson 2. Citizenship of the European Union

Lesson 3. Knowing the European Union

Lesson 4. The decision making at the European sphere

Lesson 5. How the European Union's action on justice affects

Lesson 6. The day to day of the European Union

Registration here:

  • MOOC Course II:"The EU as agent of change"

Lesson 1. Globalization and Euroscepticism (Nuremberg).
Lesson 2. The European Pillar of Social Rights (University of Oviedo).
Lesson 3. Immigration (AEKS- Vääksy).
Lesson 4. Equality, non-discrimination and non-violence in the EU (Alba Iulia).
Lesson 5. European growth and cohesion (CEPS).
Lesson 6. European elections and the future of the European Union (Genoa).

2. Platform online "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


The first Citizen Dialogue was hosted by the city of Genoa (Italy), 11 may 2018. More tan 30 people from five countries (Germany, Romania, Spain, Belgium and Italy) were the opportunity to debate and discuss about the future of the European Project and the impact of the Euroscepticism on the construction of our future. As the first transnational event a Professor from the University of Genoa gave a short lecture about the future of the European project in a critical moment.

Nuremberg (Germany) was the second city that organized a Citizen Dialogue in the framework of our project “CITIZEU” (Europe for citizen Programme). In this Citizen Dialogue the future of Europe was linked to the increase of the euroscepticism and the Globalisation in a debate promoted by Professors from the TH Nuremberg and Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg. The city of Nuremberg hosted the event the 20 September 2018 with participation of 70 people from more than 7 European countries (Italy, Romania, Belgium, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, and Germany).

The third Citizen Dialogue (15 February 2029) was hosted by the city of Alba Iulia (Romania) in the University with a high participation integrated by more than 200 people, mostly students from more than seven countries (Belgian, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Turkey Iran, Irak, Saudi Arabia and Romania). In that case the agenda of our Citizen Dialogue was focused on: euroescepticism and discrimination, racism and equality of opportunities.

In April 11 2019 previously to the European elections Helsinki (Finland) organized the Citizen Dialogue with participation of 17 people from Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Romania, and Finland that discussed about the impact of the Euroscepticism on the European project.

In the events celebrated in Alba Iulia and Helsinki candidates to the European Elections participated in the debates and they had the opportunity to exchange perspectives about the main topic of our project.

After the European Elections and with a new perspective according to the results Gijón (Spain) hosted the Final Event the 25 October 2019. The more than 35 participants in the Citizen Dialogue from France, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Romania and Spain debated about how the citizen knowledge about European policies can contribute to support the European project and to reduce the impact of the Euroscepticism. The Mayor of Gijón, Ana González Rodríguez, participated actively in the debate.

In the last Citizen Dialogue the University of Oviedo presented the role played for this institution in the preparation and organization of the MOOC Courses.

All debates were moderated by a member of CEPS partner. He used different tools to motivate the audience; in some cases he created surveys in platforms to ask questions about Europe, globalization, migration, euroscepticism,.. In other case he organized a debate about the hypothetical rescue of a Member State of the European Union using different positions and arguments.

Dialogo gijon    Dialogo de Genova


Gijón City Council created in the web site a banner with the CITIZEU reference where the local team moderated different debates around the main European topics with citizenship interest in the life of our project: Brexit; euroescepticism; inmigration; economic crisis; European election; European institutions; the role of the European Parliament…

This event was launched by Gijon City Council in May 2018 in the local website and the level of participation was around of 70 people from Germany (4), United Kingdom (2), Romania (14), Italy (10), Belgium (4), France (9), Spain (25),…


The CITIZEU Project developed two MOOC Courses in collaboration with the partner University of Oviedo.

The first course had two editions: the first one, March-May 2018 and the second one, October - November 2018. More than 300 students from different countries enrolled the course: Italy (12); Germany (19); Romania (50); Belgium (10); France (5); United Kingdom (2); Ireland (1); Hungry (1); Spain (100); plus non EU Countries, especially from Latin-American (approx. 100).

The Course: “Europe is you: Basic Course about the European Union”. The lessons were prepared by the University of Oviedo team and the Lead Partner team. 1. - Past, Present and Future of the EU; 2.- Citizenship of the European Unión; 3.- Knowing the European Unión; 4.- The Making Decision Process in the EU; 5.- How the European Unión effects to the Justice; 6: The Daily life in the European Unión.

The second course had two editions: the first one, March- May 2019 and the second one, September - October 2019. More then 300 students from different countries enrolled the course:Italy (10); Germany (15); Romania (55); Belgium (9); France (7); United Kingdom (1); Ireland (2); Hungry (1); Portugal (2); Spain (98); plus non EU Countries especially from Latin-American (approx.100).

The Course:"The European Union as agent of change". In the second course the lessons were prepared by the partners according to the different profiles: 1.- Globalization& Euroscepticism (Nuremberg); 2.- The European Pilar of Social Rights (University of Oviedo); 3.- Immigration (AEKS); 4.- Equality, No discrimination and No Violence (Alba Iulia); 5.- European Growth and Cohesion (CEPS); 6.-European Elections and the future of the European Union (Genoa). This lesson was modified by the partner to the second edition.

Meet our partners

Génova City Council:

Núremberg City Council:

Alba Iulia City Council:

Finesa "AEKS" ONG:

Belgian Think Tank "CEPS":

University of Oviedo:

Project financed by the European Program "Europe for Cicitens":