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Date(s) - 08/05/2017 - 16/05/2017
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Athens, Greece

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Summary what was youth exchange about


Youth participation in the democratic life of the Union is an area for discussion and reference point for a variety of measures and policies both at Member States and the EU. Despite strained efforts of EU to create close links with youth and increase their participation in European affairs, the latter presents low participation rates and certainly lower than the percentage of participation in national and local level. The low participation of young generation deprives the EU a remarkable and important source of ideas and opinions, creates mismatches between decisions taken and the real needs of young people, exacerbates the dissatisfaction of young people and alienate even more the youngsters from the idea of a united Europe.

In this context, the proposed project aimed to increase youth participation in the democratic life of the Union, and specifically:

1) To bring young people closer to the EU and the decision-making.

2) To increase the confidence of young people in EU and decision-making processes.

3) To promote the concept of active European citizenship.

4) To promote democratic principles.

5) To promote cooperation and mutual understanding among young people from different countries and cultures.

Young people gathered for eight days in the city of Athens and participated in a series of activities relating to the EU institutions and bodies, direct and indirect forms of citizen participation, active European citizenship, rights and obligations of European citizens, democracy, contemporary social issues and other related topics.

The methodology of the project was based on participatory approaches and peer learning, active involvement of participants and equal cooperation of partners. During the exchange were used non-formal learning methods and focus will be on participatory, peer and experiential learning and creative expression of young people.

Main results of the project is that young people informed on the EU and decision making processes, enhanced European identity and closer links between young people and the EU, and enhanced mutual understanding between young people from different countries and cultures and participants’ personal development.. In long-term it is expected that young people will be more actively involved in social and European issues and they will actively participate in decision making with direct or indirect way. This will help both the European society in the management of its issues as will gain a rich pool of ideas and will manage to better meet the needs of the youth and the youngsters themselves as the policies and decisions taken will be closer to their actual needs and interests.

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Participation in the project

If you would like to apply for project, please answer the following questions:

1. Question:  What is your motivation to participate in the project?
2. Question:  How do you think you will use the knowledge and skills which you gain at this project in your future life?

Prihlasovanie na tento projekt bolo uzatvorené. Momentálne prebieha výber účastníkov.