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Incentives for Measuring and Assessing the Growing and Increasing Notion of Euroscepticism in Europe (IMAGINE EUROPE)

Incentives for Measuring and Assessing the Growing and Increasing Notion of Euroscepticism in Europe (IMAGINE EUROPE)

Name of the project Incentives for Measuring and Assessing the Growing and Increasing Notion of Euroscepticism in Europe (IMAGINE EUROPE)
Programme EUROPE FOR CITIZENS, Strand2: Democratic engagement and civic participation
Period From 01.09.2016 to 30.01.2018
Partners 1.IIC – applicant
2.M2C Institut fur angewandte Medienforschung GmbH – Bremen, Germany
3.United Societies of Balkans – Thessaloniki, Greece
4.YOUNET – Bologna, Italy
6.Integration För Alla – Örkelljunga, Sweden
7.Wellfield Education – London, United Kingdom
  • To contribute to citizens’ understanding of the Union, its history and diversity;
  • To foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level;
  • Raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values and the Union’s aim that is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples by stimulating debate, reflection and development of networks;
  • Encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level, by developing citizens’ understanding of the Union policy making-process and promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level;
  • Understanding and Debating Euroscepticism;
Expecting results The idea of the whole project is based on ensuring sustainability. The sustainability will be achieved through several results and outcomes. The project will identify and compile success stories that will give ideas and recommendations for lowering the influence of Eurosceptism in people’s lives in the EU. The foreseen research will give a clear view of the existing problems coming from the Euroscepticism in the partner countries and will serve to set the next steps to look for solutions to prevent and eliminate them. The planned research, information campaigns and debates, international seminars, international tribune and online video book will draft prescriptions and recommendations to decision and policy makers, practitioners and any other relevant institutions and organisations to be taken into consideration when developing strategies, policies, laws and action plans.
Summary The aim of our project is to decrease the wave of upcoming Eurosceptism and Europhobia in the partner countries by organizing civic debates, discussions, informational campaigns and events on topics which remind us and take us back to the history and the shared values of the EU. The causes for Euroscepticism and the respective consequences will be analysed and examined.  The project addresses the annual priority of the Programme – Understanding and Debating Euroscepticism. The main aims of the project are: to foster the democratic and civic participation of the EU citizens via researches, seminars and debates; to raise the awareness on European identity and consciousness by provoking the reflection on the common values and history; to contribute to the understanding of the existence and the meaning of the EU. The project seeks to identify approaches and concrete solutions to decrease the further growth and influence of the Euroscepticism and Europhobia amongst the EU Member States. We will use the intercultural dialogue as a main tool for mutual understanding amongst the EU citizens to provoke their active participation on the topics of Europhobia and Euroscepticism. People from partner countries will have the opportunity to participate actively in the discussions finding diverse methods and tools to overcome the growing Europhobia and Euroscepticism which overwhelms Europe. To achieve the stated aims in the project we plan to adopt a diverse methodology: research and comparative analysis (questionnaires, focus groups, detailed interviews) to find out the causes for Euroscepticism and Europhobia; national informational campaigns and debates, international seminars and tribune to set the frames and the reasons for the Euroscepticism. Through the intercultural dialogue and transnational cooperation we hope to change negatively the level of Euroscepticism on national and international level and to present the great opportunities and benefits of EU to its citizens.

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