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Project description

The document is available here: PROJECT DESCRIPTION ”MEP for 1 Day” (RO)

Context

In the context of a democratic deficit across the European Union and the danger represented by extremist and Euro-skeptic movements, the issue of educating young people in the spirit of participatory democracy, respect for European values and creating the context for their involvement in the democratic process is essential and urgent. As President Barroso stated in his speech on the State of the Union, “the time of the implicit citizens’ agreement has passed” and the European institutions must promote and engage in an open dialogue with all citizens of the Union. An important aspect of the relationship between citizens and European and national institutions is the legitimacy of institutional communication, closely linked to the existence of an active and strong public sphere at European level.

Compared to other age categories, but also to the desirable level, the young generation has a low rate of participation in the democratic process both at European and national level. According to the “European Youth: Participation in Democratic Life” before the last European elections, most respondents (15-30 years) would never consider a political candidacy in any election, and the main reason not to vote is the belief that they do not I can change anything. At the same time, the participation of young people in the activities of various organizations leads to an increase of their interest in politics and elections.

During the last parliamentary elections held in Romania in 2016, young people aged 18-24 had the lowest participation rate, 29%, followed closely by the following age category, 25-34 years. Participation at the level of the entire population was also a low, 39.4%, the penultimate in the history of the parliamentary elections in Romania.

Objectives

1. Increasing the awareness and civic participation of some 200 young people involved in the project activities, both nationally and locally;
2. Establishment of a support network for youth involvement, consisting of civil society organizations from various fields, public authorities and elected representatives, to ensure continuity of dialogue between young people and society at all levels.

The main activities of the project

  • Four “One Day MEP” events, with the main activities simulating the European Parliament and dialogue between young people and authorities, will be organized in Timisoara, Bucharest, Baia Mare and Odorheiu Secuiesc;
  • Create a local / national network of institutions and elected representatives that support the participation of young people in the democratic process;
  • Create an online portal (e-portal) – tool for e-youth participation that provides space for dialogue between young people and authorities and resources for citizens and institutions / organizations interested in promoting and sustaining this process;
  • Conduct an online consultation – at least 1,000 young respondents – on measures to stimulate and involve young people in decision-making at local, national, European level;
  • Elaborate the White Paper on Young People’s Civic Participation


Implementation period

1 September 2017 – 30 April 2019

Sponsor and grant amount

European Union through Erasmus +, Key Action 3 Structured Dialogue.

The total amount of the grant is EUR 41,712.

Project partners

Fundatia Student Plus, Federatia YMCA Romania, Asociatia Young Initiative, Forumul Tanar din Odorhei, Asociatia YMCA Baia Mare, Asociatia YMCA Cavnic.

Learn more about the Erasmus + Policy Reform Support Projects – Structured Dialog

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

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Descrierea proiectului

Documentul este disponibil aici: DESCRIEREA PROIECTULUI ”Europarlamentar pentru o zi”

Context

In contextul unui deficit democratic la nivelul intregii Uniuni Europene si al pericolului reprezentat miscarile extremiste si euro-sceptice, problema educarii tinerilor in spiritul democratiei participative, al respectului fata de valorile europene si crearea contextului pentru implicarea lor in procesul democratic este esentiala si urgenta. Asa cum presedintele Barroso afirma in discursul cu privire la Starea Uniunii, ”vremea acordului implicit al cetatenilor a trecut”, iar institutiile europene trebuie sa promoveze si sa poarte un dialog deschis cu toti cetatenii Uniunii. Un aspect important al relatiei dintre cetateni si institutiile europene si nationale il reprezinta legitimitatea comunicarii institutionale, strans legata de existenta unei sfere publice active si puternice la nivel european.

In comparatie cu alte categorii de varsta, dar si fata de nivelul dezirabil, tanara generatie are o rata mica de participare la procesul democratic atat la nivel european, cat si national. Conform Sondajului eurobarometru “European Youth: Participation in Democratic Life” anterior ultimelor alegeri europarlamentare, majoritatea respondentilor (15-30 ani) nu ar lua niciodata in considerare o candidatura politica in oricare dintre alegeri, iar principalul motiv pentru a nu vota este credinta ca nu pot schimba nimic. In acelasi timp, participarea tinerilor la activitatile diverselor organizatii duce la cresterea interesului acestora pentru politica si alegeri.

In cadrul ultimelor alegeri parlamentare ce au avut loc in Romania in 2016, tinerii din segmentul de varsta 18-24 de ani au avut cea mai mica rata de participare, 29%, urmati indeaproape de urmatoarea categorie de varsta, 25-34 de ani. Participarea la nivelul intregii populatii a fost, de asemenea, una scazuta, 39.4%, penultima din istoria alegerilor parlamentare in Romania.

Obiective

1. Cresterea constientizarii si participarii civice a unui numar de aproximativ 200 de tineri implicati in activitatile proiectului, atat la nivel national, cat si local;
2. Constituirea unei retele de sprijin pentru implicarea tinerilor, formata din organizatii ale societatii civile din diverse domenii, autoritati publice si reprezentanti alesi, care sa asigure continuitatea dialogului intre tineri si societate la toate nivelurile ei.

Principalele activitati ale proiectului

Perioada de implementare

1 septembrie 2017 – 30 aprilie 2019

Finanțator și valoarea grantului

Uniunea Europeană prin intermediul programului Erasmus+, Acțiunea-Cheie 3 Dialog Structurat.

Valoarea totală a grantului este de 41.712 euro.

Partenerii proiectului

Fundatia Student Plus, Federatia YMCA Romania, Asociatia Young Initiative, Forumul Tanar din Odorhei, Asociatia YMCA Baia Mare, Asociatia YMCA Cavnic.

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Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union