Where Does Europe End - Regional Identity
Start date: Sep 1, 2010,
AEGEE established the Where Does Europe End project out of interest and concern for the future European integration and cooperation. The project intends to collect as many different opinions as possible from European citizens, answering questions with regard to their concept of Europe, their identity within Europe, and their attitude towards European integration.During the convention in León, Spain, 25 participants from different European countries come together to examine the physical and mental "borders" of Europe in the perception of ordinary citizens. In the course of five days, a number of street actions are carried out in different locations in and around León, interviewing people in public spaces about their point of view and attitude towards Europe. Based on the results of these actions, various evaluation and discussion units take place In cooperation with local representatives of the political and academic world and civil society, trying to understand the local citizens' concept of Europe.As a second major part of the programme, in different lectures and workshops it will be Investigated and discussed how important regional identity is for European citizens today, and what the role of regions will be in a European future. After interviewing local citizens in León and exploring the relevance of sub-national identity in Europe today, the participants will visit the Spanish Senate in Madrid and conclude the conference, discovering what was intended to be the chamber of regions of Spain when it was founded, and meeting politicians for a final debate about the question: Where does Europe end?
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