We officialy finished our project 🙂
‘Small municipalities against euroscepticim’ started on 1 September 2017. The main goal was to understand and debate euroscepticism. Through 19 months 6 events were organized, from which were 4 public debates. During the debates, citizens exchanged their thoughts and experiences about the EU, policies, laws and future. They stated good and bad aspects of the EU and gave ideas for improvement.
The first event was held in Croatia on the 11th and 12th November 2017. Representatives from all partner countries gathered and presented their organizations. A conference was held for the local public. The project and its goals were introduced.
The second event was held in Portugal on the 28th February and 1st March 2018. The majority of participants was from Portugal. This time the first debate was held where citizens exchanged their thoughts related to euroscepticism. With quests and their lectures, we set some main factors that lead to euroscepticism and the side effects of EU membership.
The third event was held in Romania on the 6th and 7th June 2018. The second debate continued with discussions on factors that cause euroscepticism. Together with quest and their lectures, positive sides of the EU membership were outlined. This event hosted a majority of young people who actively implement projects in the local community.
The fourth event was held in Macedonia on the 19th and 20th Semptember 2018. The third debate focused on countries that are still in the process of entering the EU (Serbia and Macedonia). Citizens shared positive and negative aspects of EU membership. With guest lectures, various experiences were shared on the process of entering the EU and projects that are implemented with other funds.
The fifth event was held in Slovenia on the 7th and 8th December 2018. The fourth, and last debate, summarized all conclusions from previous events. Defined were factors that cause euroscepticism and how it influences the community. Also, ideas were given on how this situation can be improved and a special campaign was established for fostering eurooptimism. Together with guests and their lectures, good examples of practices were presented.
The sixth and last event was held in Croatia on the 8th and 9th March 2019. On this last event, conclusions of the project were presented to the public. A conference was held and guest came to present positive examples of project implementation. Students from the High school Novi Marof visited to hear about the project and raise their awareness about the EU.
The whole story about Euroscepticism centers on the fact how it is a complex political concept, unfortunately, not close enough to citizens. On the other side, there is also the lack of citizen involvement in democratic processes. For this gap to get smaller, both sides should put more effort into cooperation. All activities and detailed results of the SMUG EU project can be found in the project brochure above.