March 11th, NICVA Belfast
Since the publication of the EU Commission’s ‘White paper’ in March 2017, reflections on the future of Europe have taken a growing place on the European and national political agendas. Euroscepticism and rising populism reveal the urgent need to engage civil society in this debate and this is particularly true in border regions. Despite conflictual past experiences, cross-border flows and intercultural engagement have become a part of many citizens’ everyday life. Nevertheless, these regions have not been spared by the rise of populism and the growth of Euroscepticism.
This event is part of a Transfrontier Euro Institut Network (TEIN) project – Engaging civil society in border regions for the future of Europe – funded by the EU Europe for Citizens programme. TEIN formed in 2010, now brings together 15 partners from 9 border regions in Europe. Its partners are universities, research institutes and training centres which are dedicated to the practical business of cross-border cooperation in Europe, all with deep knowledge of their borders’ specificities. The Centre for Cross Border Studies is a founder partner of the TEIN.
This event is the first in a series of five one-day forums, each held in a different border region* and including both a European as well as local dimension. The five seminars will address topics related to the future European political agenda; encouraging citizens to debate their ideas, fears and suggestions for the future of Europe. Participants will be invited to reflect on how they profit from the EU, which aspects need to be improved from their point of view and what they would like to change.
Further details will be available soon. Meanwhile, please register to attend….
*April 2019: Multilingualism and Identity in the 21st Century Europe (Catalan border region); Aug 2019: Twin cities with regard to civil society (Poland-Czech-Slovakia border); Nov 2019: Old Autochthonous Minorities and New Migrant Communities in a Cross-Border and European Perspective (Austria-Slovenia border); Feb 2020: What kind of borders do citizens of cross-border regions want for the future Europe? (European Parliament, Strasbourg).
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