“Making European Citizens” – Guarantee the freedom of Europe for every child
We are currently working on a new draft of this ECI proposal “Making European Citizens”. This is an attempt to take into account the points shared during the meeting of the Cross-Party Group of MEPs on 22 March calling for an initiative with a more popular appeal and one putting more emphasis on life-long learning for European Citizenship, not just a guarantee for children. The new draft does this by calling for an Erasmus for all.
This European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) aims for a Europe of equal opportunity. In theory, young people have the freedom of Europe, but there is a gap between the fine principles of the law and the barriers to access. If one third of EU citizens have the civic education and skills to take advantage of Europe, the majority miss out. EU declarations on European citizenship education are a “dead letter”. The citizen-led Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) appealed repeatedly for education in European values and critical thinking to meet major challenges: migration, climate change, media literacy and the digital age. The EU ignores this appeal at its peril.
We are now well-advanced in creating the citizens’ committee of 7 members and ready to submit the ECI. Once submitted an ECI cannot be changed. Please, therefore, send us any suggestions for further improvement as quickly as possible.
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