Civil society in Central and Eastern Europe faces challenges in voicing inclusive perspectives that address citizens’ needs and concerns, including Euroskeptics. This lack of representation empowers illiberal political forces and may deepen the divide between East and West. The proposed project aims to engage civil society stakeholders from 9 European countries, including youth, women empowerment organizations, and minorities, in structured workshops and discussions on the Future of Europe. Using a strategic scenario-building approach, the project seeks to facilitate dialogue and identify key trends and strategic directions for the European project. Emphasis will be placed on the role of civil society organizations in enhancing the activities and democratic legitimacy of EU institutions. The project’s outputs will be disseminated to civil society actors, public stakeholders, and MEPs to amplify diverse, bottom-up voices from the region. In addition to bringing together cross-European civil society actors, the project will launch a transnational public engagement campaign to discuss future scenarios for Europe. EU officials, including MEPs, EU Commission officers, and government representatives, will participate in debates with the general public. The project partners come from Lithuania, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, France, Austria, and Italy, with participants involved from Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, and other EU countries to enhance its reach and impact.
- April 8, 2021
- Scenario-based analysis
- discussions on the political-strategic questions