Due to the current circumstances, our annual Summer University on European citizenship has been postponed. We took the opportunity to improve our programme even more and now the new dates are 1 and 2 December 2020, thus becoming the "Annual Conference on European Citizenship". Registrations are open now!
The Lifelong Learning Platform is organising the 10th edition of the LLLWeek on 1-4 December! This year it will be dedicated to “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies”. What does it mean for education to be sustainable, and how can we achieve this goal? Debates will focus on the role of civil society organisations working in education to foster sustainable societies! The Lifelong Learning Platform will assess its contribution to environmentally and socially sustainable education systems and to creating more inclusive societies. Come debate together with national, European and international representatives, experts, academics, civil society representatives, and much more…! Check out the programme and register here.
The Lifelong Learning week is a partner of ECIT's Annual Conference on European Citizenship, which will take place in the same days.
2020 is a watershed moment for Citizenship Education in Europe. The pandemic has forced our societies to ask questions about the future of learning, of work and of civic participation. It has worsened pre existing inequalities and injustices, and highlighted the potential fragilities and unsustainable aspects of our way of life. At the same time, 2020 has reminded us of the importance of mutual care and solidarity, between individuals, between countries and between continents. More than ever, citizenship education and capacities for democratic commitment and civic life are essential for the resilience of our societies.
Under the heading ‘Time to take Action’ the ‘declaration’ offers a list of recommendations to the Council of Europe, the European Commission, European parliament, national governments and cities and local communities. It reminds every organization and institution involved in education to make a priority of citizenship education.
‘Voters Without Borders’ claim first major victory as revision of EU voting rights Directives are included in the 2021 Commission programme, published on 20 October 2020.
Almost at the same time, the young Voters Without Borders team, led by Anna Comacchio, has been asked to present the ECI and the research results in the next joint EP hearing on Union Citizenship happening on 29 October
We can claim a victory but must keep the pressure on because the will to reform is one thing, however, changing the law and making it work in practice is something else. Nevertheless, this first step does pave the way.
“Next year, we will propose clearer rules on the financing of the European political parties and take action to ensure greater transparency in paid political advertising, improve the electoral rights of mobile Europeans and take action to protect journalists and civil society against strategic lawsuits against public participation.”
- European Commission 2021 Work Programme
We are very excited to announce that we officially launched our European citizens’ initiative on 1 September 2020 at the
Press Club Brussels Europe!
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European Citizens and TCNs
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European Citizens’ Initiatives
Public Opinion and European Citizenship
Education and European Citizenship
Making European Citizens
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