From the ECSC to the Green Deal

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Date(s) - 06/08/2022 - 13/08/2022
All day

Bonzée, France

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Selected participants

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This project funded by Erasmus+ was a meeting of young Europeans from 18 to 30 years old, starting from the question: “Where does the European idea come from?” From August 7 to 14, about 40 young people from 7 different countries (Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Lithuania, and France) gathered to look at the path taken from the beginnings of the European construction to the Green Deal, which the EU has recently implemented. They reflected on the questions raised by the ecological transition at the European and global level. These young Europeans met in an evocative place for these reflections: at the “CPIE de la Meuse”, an actor invested in activities related to ecology and environment, located in the middle of a regional natural park,

This project had the following objectives:
– To bring a better knowledge and understanding of the European construction, from the ECSC (European Coal and Steel Community) to the Green Deal.
– To encourage young people to develop their critical mind, by putting into perspective current events, practices in the field of ecology and environment and the different stages of the European construction.
– To become more responsible for the environment and an actor in this field, by acquiring new knowledge and practices in this area.

Through this project, we wanted to bring the participants to understand how the European Union was built, by putting this in parallel with the evolution of awareness and the implementation of concrete actions related to the environment. 

The week’s program addressed theoretical and topical notions related to the environment: climate change, exploitation of resources, agriculture, deforestation… but also the ecological transition and sustainable development, through practical examples: film screenings, documentaries, visits to places where ecological and sustainable practices are implemented, … while putting them in perspective with what Europe implements in relation to this and the evolution of these issues through its construction over the years.

Thus, the participants in this project were able to acquire new knowledge and skills related to these themes and were able to have an impact in their local communities at the end of this project and propose actions to other young people, all this under the cover of the partners involved in this project. It should be noted that the working language of all participants were English.

Participants were from Italy Italy, Greece Greece, Portugal Portugal, Lithuania Lithuania, Bulgaria Bulgaria, Romania Romania, France France and Slovakia Slovakia. There were 5 participants from each country.