Advancing (local) citizen engagement

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Thu 8, October 2020
16:30 - 18:00 CET
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At Studio Europa, our aim is to position Maastricht as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate on Europe and establish a Centre of Excellence for interdisciplinary research on Europe and European integration.

Gonny Willems, managing director at Studio Europa will 1) open the workshop with a brief presentation of our work and governance structure. The latter is particularly innovative since the programme stems from a partnership between the Municipality of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg and Maastricht University.

Our programme maker Melih Ozkardes will then 2) briefly present three of our most important projects that aim at broadening the scope of our (local) audience. Partners with whom we have worked on these projects will also be present and common challenges will be discussed.

The workshop will 3) end with an exchange with the audience on the best and worst practices in the field of (local) citizen engagement all across Europe.

Gonny Willems, Managing Director, Studio Europa Maastricht, Netherlands.
Melih özkardes, Programme Maker, Studio Europa Maastricht, Netherlands.
Empowering citizens
Studio Europa Maastricht
English (EN)

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  • Posted by: Sergio Diana
    On: 06/10/2020 - 11:23am

    N.1: A permanent AND CONCRETE citizens INVOLVEMENT

    Recent communication experiences leading to events such as, for example, Brexit or to the advent in Europe of exacerbated nationalisms antithetical to the European Integration project, should make us reflect on the need to invest on inovative communication tools. We intend to share our idea on a constructive discussion within EWRC and, precisely, to start a reflection on whether or not to invest in a project relating to the creation of a EUROPEAN NETWORK of cities (expecially small villages of europe) with a common communication tool not only for the democratic debate but also for: ---- European integration process; -----solving social problems (not only as regards unemployment, depopulation, youth unease, etc. .. but also, for example, regarding issues such as corruption - and contributing to the improvement of living conditions and of work in our territories); -----solve global problems; ----- involve young people, with particular reference to the NEETs; -----spreading the results of research and innovation in our territories (in relation to this aspect is of particular interest a proposal that we are submitting to the attention of CORDIS );…We are looking for cities interested in joining our European/international network. To find out more please write to: info@freeuropechannel.eu