Press Release Transnational Activities BASE

Press Release Transnational Activities BASE

The Community Enterprise of the Municipality of Thessaloniki – KEDITH- successfully implemented during Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 and Monday 15 March 2021 the Transnational Workshop and Transnational Simulation of the European parliament activities in the framework of the EU funded project “Be Active – Shape Europe” from the Europe of Citizens Programme of the European Union.

At the online Transnational Activities participated 50 young Europeans aged between 15 – 30 years old from the 6 participating countries of the consortium partners, namely Greece, United Kingdom, Portugal, Italy, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Besides the young Europeans, the activities also attracted the interest of youth workers, civil society representatives, local authorities representatives, municipal employees, teachers of the Secondary education, but also several EU citizens, attracted to participate as observers to the discussions of youth on “The rise of Euroscepticism in Europe VS European elections”.

During Friday 12 of March, the Transnational Workshop begun, with the Trainers team introduction to the participants, set of the context of the activities and goals of the project, while an icebreaking activity followed. After that, participants were split into different working groups according to their assignments to the Simulation of European Parliament that followed, aiming to discuss and reflect their thoughts and concerns on the subtopics of the Agenda set, on:

– The new European Parliament: priorities and challenges of the new term

– Building the future of Europe focusing on green growth and the new green deal

– The European Citizenship and what EU should do to better reach its citizens

– Challenges of the EU’ s cohesion and solidarity: migration issue and financial crisis

– The Youth’ Voice in Europe, a reality or a utopia?

– Participatory democracy in the European Union

A short reflection followed between the Trainers and participants for the first day’s activities, expected results and impact to the participants. 

On the second day, Saturday 13 of March, the Simulation of the European Parliament was held, after the official opening of the Project Transnational Activities, with the welcoming speeches of the Mayor of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, Mr. Konstantinos Zervas, the Vice Mayor of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and former President of KEDITH Ms. Ioanna Kosmopoulou and the presentation of the Project to the participants by the Project Coordinator on behalf of KEDITH. 

During his welcoming speech, the Mayor of the Municipality of Thessaloniki congratulated the young participants for their engagement to the project’ activities, stressed the importance of youth to be supported by the European local authorities to raise their voices and be an integral part of the decision-making procedures of their societies, so as to feel member of it and also the ownership of the decisions on a local, national and European level.

The Vice Mayor of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and former President of KEDITH from her side, welcomed as well the young participants, expressed her gratitude for their willingness and motivation to engage into the project’ activities, but also, besides others, highlighted the intensive and integral role that KEDITH plays on the strengthening of youth voice on a local, national and European level, but also the dedication of KEDITH to disseminate the results produced by the young Europeans as their voice to the local society.

During the first day of the Simulation Activity, participants were split into the 5 main political parties of the European Parliament represented in their session, analogically to the votes each received during the latest elections of the Parliament, but also to the 27 EU Member States. After the guidance of the Trainers team and a short rehearsal among the participants to understand the rules of procedure, the Plenary started the session by setting the Agenda and reflecting on the topics as proposed. Several unmoderated caucuses followed where the participants interacted as political groups to shape their common lines on each topic according to the course they had selected to discuss them. The first day of the activity closed with a short reflection of the day between the Trainers and participants. 

The second day of the Simulation Activity, Sunday 14 of March, begun with the overview of the discussions by the Members of the European Parliament of the previous day, but also the intensive discussions between participants in order to form the Draft Report of the European Parliament under the topics of their discussions. Participants formed an official document, as if they were under the framework of the European Parliament, with the guidance and support of the Trainers and also, proceeded to the Amendments procedure to further modify the document, before they enter the voting procedure. 

Eventually, with consensus among the Members of the European Parliament, as simulated, namely all participants voted in favor of the final Report, they approved the document reflecting their position as young Europeans to the topics of the Transnational Workshop and Transnational Simulation, on Euroscepticism, participatory democracy, youth engagement to the decision-making procedures, to the development of a greener environment for the future of Europe, the green deal, the green growth and so many other up to date topics that concern the young Europeans for the future of Europe. 

During the evaluation procedure for the activity as it was implemented and the reflection activity at the end that was implemented by the Trainers, participants expressed their positive feelings from their engagement into this activity, the gratitude that they were given the leading role to shape the future of Europe as if they were the elected young Members of the European Parliament, the professionalism of the implementation but also the importance of such activities to be implemented by the European Union, as funded by the Europe for Citizens programme. 

The last day of the Transnational Activities, Monday 15 March, was marked with the Transnational Workshop where the Trainers further discussed and worked with the young participants on the outcomes of the Transnational Simulation of the European Parliament and the way to adjust all their proposals into proposals under a Policy Paper that will target their local authorities, national and European decision makers as the voice of youth. At the end of this highly attractive and innovative procedure, since participants played several games using KAHOOT application to reflect on the work done all the previous days, but also the “Butterfly effect” activity of non-formal education, participants evaluated the Transnational Workshop activity, followed by a short reflection of the 4 days with the Trainers team. 

The Transnational Activities were closed with the presentations offered by the partner organizations to the participants, presenting the work and produced results by each in the framework of the project, but also the next steps they plan to follow so as to further disseminate the produced results, but also to support the sustainability of the results produced for the future of their youth. Last, but not least, the KEDITH Project Coordinator and Administrative team provided important information to the participants for the next steps planned for the dissemination and sustainability of the project results, the development of the Policy Paper, reflecting the produced results, but also the distribution of the material and the Certificates of Participation of all within the following days.

“Be Active – Shape Europe” – Workshops and European Parliament Simulation

“Be Active – Shape Europe” – Workshops and European Parliament Simulation

Call for Participants

“Be Active – Shape Europe” – Workshops and European Parliament Simulation

The Community Enterprise of the Municipality of Thessaloniki – KEDITH- invites you to participate in the international conference organized digitally in the framework of the implementation of the project “Be Active – Shape Europe” funded by the European Program Europe for Citizens.

The conference will take place on Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 and Monday 15 March 2021 with the representation of all partners and participants aged 15-30 years old.

The working language of the conference is English.

The conference is implemented in two distinct events and its topic and subtopics are:

Topic

‘The rise of Euroscepticism in Europe VS European Elections’

Subtopics

– The new European Parliament: priorities and challenges of the new term

– Building the future of Europe focusing on green growth and the new green deal

– The European Citizenship and what EU should do to better reach its citizens

– Challenges of the EU’ s cohesion and solidarity: migration issue and financial crisis

– The Youth’ Voice in Europe, a reality or a utopia?

– Participatory democracy in the European Union

– Any other topic to be proposed by participants

  • The first will be held on Friday 12 and Monday 15 March 2021, 17.00-21.00 EET(short break included) and entails online workshops during which groups of young people will address the topics listed below. Their conclusion will be written and reported upon.
  • Topic

The raise of Euroscepticism in Europe VS the European Elections

  • Subtopics
  • The new European Parliament: priorities and challenges of the new term
  • Building the future of Europe focusing on green growth and the new green deal
  • The European Citizenship and what EU should do to better reach its citizens
  • Challenges of the EU’ s cohesion and solidarity: migration issue and financial crisis
  • The Youth’ Voice in Europe, a reality or a utopia?
  • Participatory democracy in the European Union
  • Any other topic to be proposed by participants
  • The second will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March 2021, 12.00-17.00 EET (lunch break included) and is a simulation of the European Parliament, with participants fully representing a formal sitting, addressing the issue of ‘The raise of Euroscepticism in Europe VS the European Elections’ and reaching a resolution. Participants will discuss the key role of European elections, as to the results of the elections and the work achieved by the current MEPs up to now (topics, priorities, productivity, BREXIT, covid-19, etc.).

Your presence would greatly honor us.

For your registration, fill in the application form HERE ( https://base.life-events.gr/ )

For information contact: 2311 821722  (Ms. Olia Panagiotopoulou)

AGENDA

Schedule of the Activities (time in CET)

Friday 12 March 2021

16:00 – 17:30 Workshop Session 1

17:30 – 18:00 Short Break

18:00 – 20:00 Workshop Session 2

Saturday 13 March 2021

11:00 – 13:00 Simulation Session 1

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:00 Simulation Session 2

Sunday 14 March 2021

11:00 – 13:00 Simulation Session 3

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:00 Simulation Session 4

Monday 15 March 2021

16:00 – 17:30 Workshop Session 3

17:30 – 18:00 Short Break

18:00 – 19:00 Workshop Session 4

19:00 – 20:00 Closing of the Activities and the Project

Be Active Shape Europe Project by Lewisham

Funded by the Europe Union through the Europe for Citizens Fund the Young Mayor Team are part of a project called Be Active Shape Europe. It is a partnership led by an organisation called Kedith in Thessalonikki in Greece. The other partners are Santa Maria da Feira in Portugal who we do lots of work with, Association” Varna – European Youth Capital” in Bulgaria, Mladinski Cultural Center, Maribor in Slovenia and Comune di Cinisello Blasamo in Italy.

The project started last year and so far we have take part in the first two activities heree in Lewisham. Which has meant organising a”structured dialogue” meeting and a National workshop, inviting young people to participate, identify issues and how then to share those and negotiate with politicians and policy makers, locally nationally and in Europe. The Young Mayor Team work closely with local politicians so this was an opportunity to see how to widen that influence into Europe. It was also an opportunity to learn more about Europe and specifically think about the UKs position in terms of Brexit and what that might mean. Schools were invited to participate, the events took place on 10th May 2019 and the 3rd February 2020 at the Civic Suite in Catford.

Main Objective: Enhance young citizens’ participation so they can contribute to society and political life, and learn about the experiences of others in different European countries

Activities:

  1. Structured Dialogue in each partner: with young people, civil society, Local Authorities and stakeholders about European Union and the next period 2021-2027.

 

  1. National workshops in each partner: between policy makers, stakeholders on relevant policy issues and young people aiming to create a Guide on problematic and proposals for the support of democratic engagement, direct democracy and youth engagement.

 

  1. Transnational Conferences: Activate participation of young people based on the principles of non-formal education. They will learn about others’ culture on Environmental policy, but also how to meet, accept, share their ideas, to show an interest in cooperation and communication with citizens from other European countries.

 

  1. Transnational Workshop in Thessaloniki: The project Be Active – Shape Europe be the basis for future initiatives and actions between the towns involved, on the issues addressed or possibly on further issues of common interest.

 

The final two elements of the project have been postponed because of Covid 19 but are an opportunity for older young people (18-30) who have been involved to travel and meet their peers from the other participating countries, share their ideas and experiences, build soildarity and understanding. For more information please get in touch.

For more details contact Katy Brown, Advisor to the Young Mayor, Young Mayor Team, London Borough of Lewisham,1st Floor, Laurence House, Catford, London, UK SE6 4UT

T:02083146313 M:0957198312

Katy.brown@lewisham.gov.uk

www.b-involved.org

www.lewisham.gov.uk

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National Workshop Date of Workshop: Monday February 3rd, 2020, Jacob Sakil and Nicholas Gunner (YMT)

For our second event, the National workshsop, for the Be Active – Shape Europe project our team in Lewisham created and facilitated a workshop for young people who live in the borough of Lewisham. The outcome was to youth participants an introduction to primary ideals of the European Union and to work with politicians and policy makers to influence change and be active citizens.

Workshop Outline[1]

As part of the workshop we started with an introduction to the primary ideals of the European Union along with some icebreakers to start to give the youth participants an opportunity to explore what they already know and build a safe space to discuss individual thoughts and experiences based on the topic of what citizenship means and being a part of Europe.

Conversations & Debate

Going forward in the workshop with the young people we discussed what countries are a part of the European Union, facts about the EU and what it was set up to do and how that information filters into their daily lives both on a formal and informal level. Many of the young people had varying knowledge in terms of what they’ve been told, experienced versus facts such as policy making and their human rights and how that is observed both nationally and internationally.

 

Within our workshop we also delivered activities where the young people were able to brainstorm what it meant to them to be an ‘active citizen’ and how they have in the past taken part in regional and local programs that allowed them to be a part of civic life. Some young people have been active locally and others were keen to find out and talk to politicians and policy makers.

Throughout the workshop the youth participants took part in debates based on various statements relating to the overall workshop objective. This provided a space for young people to fact check and challenge biases whilst sharing good practices of youth participation based on personal experiences. Some examples were of young people who have been a part of Erasmus + exchanges and taking part in trips to the European council.

Conclusion

In the end the young people who participated all had a greater understanding both about what the European institutions are and what it means to them to be European. As well as being active in Lewisham and the UK it helped them understand how they can be active citizens in Europe and in the world. Many of the young people have parents and family who are part of the diaspora from the Caribbean or from west Africa, and also have family in other parts of Europe, it helped them to think about what is important about being European for them as individuals and as part of communities.

Brexit has obviously been a huge topic of discussion and speculation for young people trying to work out what it means for them and their families. So good debate was had but it is still difficult to draw conclusions as we all know it is an ongoing and very complex process. The young people now have a better fundamental understanding of the context and possibilities, which they can use to inform their decisions, discussions and actions in the future. As active citizens they are in a better place to interact and work with politicians and policy makers about the changes they would like to see locally, nationally and in Europe. Local politicians and policy makers are very supportive and have met with the young people to discuss their intereste, ideas and concerns

 

[1]First slide from our presentation used to set the scene for the workshop.

Al via le iscrizioni dei giovani per la call del workshop Be Active – Shape Europe!

E’ partita da martedì 5 novembre la “Call” per partecipare al workshop “Be Active – Shape Europe!” che si terrà a Chiavenna dal 29 novembre al 1 dicembre.

Il tema principale del workshop sarà “la partecipazione attiva dei giovani” alla vita della città.

Venti giovani cinisellesi di età compresa tra i 18 e i 30 anni avranno tre giorni di tempo per confrontarsi sulle strategie che facilitano la cittadinanza attiva dei giovani e per costruire un percorso partecipato a Cinisello Balsamo.

Obiettivo è trovare modalità efficaci per il coinvolgimento dei giovani cittadini affinché si relazionino in maniera costruttiva con gli amministratori locali. “Be Active – Shape Europe” è un progetto finanziato dal Programma Europeo “Europa per i Cittadini” e si sta sviluppando parallelamente in Grecia, Regno Unito, Slovenia, Portogallo e Bulgaria, capofila del progetto è il Comune di Salonicco.

La partecipazione al laboratorio residenziale che si terrà a Chiavenna è totalmente gratuita basta iscriversi compilando il form sulla pagina web di Pagine Giovani-Comune di Cinisello Balsamo.

Conclusa l’esperienza a Chiavenna verrà selezionata una delegazione di almeno 5 partecipanti che proseguirà il percorso di “Be Active – Shape Europe”, prendendo parte gratuitamente ai workshop residenziali a Salonicco, in Grecia, insieme a ragazzi provenienti dagli altri 5 paesi partner.

Così l’assessore alle politiche giovanili Daniela Maggi: «Il percorso non si esaurisce con la partecipazione ai workshop residenziali e il progetto è più ambizioso».

Prosegue Maggi: «Dopo la giunta aperta, che si è tenuta a maggio del 2019, vogliamo creare uno spazio permanente di incontro tra giovani e amministratori e dar voce soprattutto a coloro i quali non sono mai stati coinvolti in momenti di cittadinanza attiva o di volontariato».

Le iscrizioni termineranno mercoledì 20 novembre.

PRESENTAZIONE WORKSHOP BE ACTIVE-SHAPE EUROPE

Il giorno 25 ottobre 2019, lo staff dell’ ufficio Politiche Giovanili del Comune di Cinisello Balsamo, grazie al supporto dell’Assessore alle Politiche Giovanili Daniela Maggi, ha organizzato l’incontro di presentazione del Workshop residenziale del progetto “Be Active-Shape Europe”, finanziato dalla Commissione Europea tramite programma “Europa per i Cittadini”.

Ringraziamo per la presenza all’incontro le associazioni, gli oratori e le reti del Terzo Settore che svolgono un ruolo importante e prezioso nell’articolare e proporre spazi di libera espressione della creatività giovanile.

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