There is an everlasting growth of euroscepticism in today’s European society. The goal of this project is to examine and debate rural euroscepticism. Through public debates citizens will actively state their doubts on the EU and future. An active involvement of the young will be present in the project as youngsters will present examples of good practice and outline the benefits of EU policies and main achievements. Active citizenship will be fostered.
Euroscepticism will be observed from the local municipality’s point of view (mostly citizens of small municipalities). Positives and negatives of the EU membership will be outlined, then projects and their success, problems which occurred and interaction with civil society and institutions. Then the debates will open questions of euroscepticism (reasons, threats, concerns, good practices…) with help of citizens, volunteers and other representatives.
This project will affect the positive attitude of the citizens on the European Union, its mission and institutions. The project will present the EU viewpoint on the work and function of small municipalities:
- are they given the same opportunities to use EU funds the larger cities get
- what is the impact of EU regulations/directives on the transparency of local government
- are the municipalities closer to the citizens after the application of EU legislation
- what are the advantages of application of a public procurement system
- what has changed in the environmental protection system
- what are the positive changes in the work and funding of civil society organizations, etc.
The project will open a debate on Europe, how citizens see it and what they would like to change in the future in relation to increasing the quality of life in the local community.