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Youth as European Citizens
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The seminar "Youth as European Citizens" took place in Rezekne, Latvia from 9th till 15th August 2015. All together 12 European organizations with the amount of 33 participants from 11 European countries took part in the seminar: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey and Latvia. The main aim of this seminar was to increase the understanding of European citizenship and democracy, to share the values of the European Union, to take care of cultural heritage of different nations, in such way bringing Europe closer to its citizens by understanding and appreciating its values, advantages, key policies and priorities. There were explored different conceptions of becoming European citizens, and especially for young people who are more attracted to Europe, with special accent on benefits that youth can have as real Europeans. Also the participants discussed not only what Europe can give to its citizens but what European citizens can give to the European Union, and in such way to strengthen and unite it. The seminar was organized with a special aim to involve European organizations to discuss together the topics about European citizenship, about mutual understanding among different nationalities and religions, about respect and patience to each other, about the sense of democracy and to what extent the democracy can be opened and allowed, about the safety for European citizens, and in such way to get more European awareness and to get more patient and understandable to each other. As a result, this seminar increased participants`s knowledge and sensibility about Europe. Seminar lasted five days. Four days were devoted to reflection of the concept of being a European citizen, its true identity based on shared values and rights of European citizenship. The participants worked in several groups and all together. Some workshops were devoted to the programme “Erasmus +” with the intention to give to the participants more knowledge about different opportunities for youth. On the fifth day the participants could plan their future projects on the topics of European citizenship, as well as during the seminar participants had time to work on development of future cooperation between partner organizations. The main results of the project were the new knowledge, competencies, attitudes, international and intercultural experience, new contacts to create a strong network for the future cooperation in the Erasmus + programme and ideas for European awareness, which project participants will be able to use in work with young people.
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