Civil society – particularly in Central and Eastern Europe – faces difficulty to bring out a more positive and inclusive voice that connects the needs of citizens – including Euroskeptics who question EU’s achievements and future European integration. This in turn empowers illiberal political forces present today in the region against the EU. which may become a role-model for other countries across Europe or deepen geographical polarisation between East and West. Based on a strategic scenario-building methodology, the proposed project facilitates structured live and online workshops conducted in 9 European countries that involve civil society in CEE as a voice in the pan-European discussion on the Future of Europe. Within the project, diverse groups of civil society stakeholders from multiple countries – including youth, women empowerment organisations, and minorities – will be featured to discuss key trends and strategic directions for the European project. Particular attention will be put to civil society organisations’ place in enhancing activities and democratic legitimacy of EU institutions and their decision-making processes. The output will be disseminated among civil society actors and public stakeholders, including youth organisations, and put forward to MEPs, aiming to raise exposure to diverse, bottom-up voices from the region.Apart from bringing together cross-european civil society actors, in its overall outcome the project will create a large transnational public engagement campaign to discuss scenarios for the future of Europe raised by those outside of NGOs. The debate with the general public will engage EU officials such as MEPs, EU Commission officers and governments representatives.In order to enhance the project’s reach, the project partners come from: Lithuania, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, France, Austria, Italy. And participants to be involved will also represent: Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and other EU countries.
- April 8, 2021
- Scenario-based analysis
- discussions on the political-strategic questions