About The Project

Short summary of project

The project “European Future is our future” is focused on the role of the local authorities for the future of EU. The project upgrades the previous projects “Europe in future- unified and multifaceted” and  “Future of Europe-Reload” by Europe for citizens Programme.

The general objective is to make the established Network of towns “Open towns” sustainable in long-term perspective via fostering European citizenship for civic and democratic participation on the local and Union level. It fits to the second general objective of the Programme: to foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level.

The specific objectives are:

1. to make cooperation wider and sustainable trough expanding established  Network of Towns “Open towns” by cultural exchange, sharing  ideas, best practices in the  local self-government. It fits to the 1-st specific objective of the Programme for stimulating debate, reflection and the development of networks;
2. to encourage  civil participation in partial youth  participation in the policy-making process at the  local and EU level. It fits to the second specific objective of the Programme for encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level .

In order to achieve its objectives, the project provides five international meetings in four different European countries:

“My European municipality”, Bulgaria;
“My European town”, Portugal;
“My European place”, Italy;
“I`m European", Slovenia;
 “Our European Spirit”, Bulgaria;

The focus of the meetings is on the:

- Debating the future of Europe and challenging Euroscepticism;
- Fostering a sense of  belonging to Europe;
- Increase understanding of the benefits of the European Union;
- Enhance democracy e-participation and EU decision-making process;  
- Fostering intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding and combatting the stigmatisation of migrants and minority groups.
- European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

Beneficiary: Municipality of Dalgopol

Partners: Nova Gorica (Slovenia), Osilo (Italy), Aksakovo (Bulgaria), Vila Nova de Cerveira (Portugal).

The target groups are representatives of local authorities, citizens, young people, representatives of vulnerable groups, policy-makers and decision-makers at local level.

The expected results from the project are:

- expanded Network of towns;
- five international meetings, five international conferences; one contest “I`m European”, two researches, two seminars, two debates, updated document “Program of the Network of Towns, four exhibitions.

In the frame of the project will be carried out five meetings:

  1. The first international meeting “My European municipality”, Aksakovo, Bulgaria, during 15/05/2019 -17/05/2019 aims to make cooperation sustainable and will expand the Network of towns “Open towns”, to present European achievement of municipalities, fostering e-participation in European policy-making process. 
  2. The second international meeting “My European town”,  Vila Nova de Cerveira,  Portugal, during 12/07/2019-14/07/2019 aims to encourage citizen`s responsibility for European values, to raise the questions of personality meaning of EU.
  3. The third international meeting “My European place” Osilo, Italy, during 22/04/2020 -24/04/2020  aims to hear voices of the periphery of EU about migrant crises, debate about European problems,  exchange practices about main problems : social inclusion minorities people with fewer opportunities, unemployment, NEET-s etc.
  4. The fourth international meeting “I`m European” Nova Gorica, Slovenia, during 30/09/2020 - 02/10/2020  aims to enhance the participation in the democracy process in partial youth, to motivate person to be Active European, exchange practices for increase European spirit.
  5. The fifth international meeting “Our European Spirit” , Dalgopol, Bulgaria during 21 /04/2021- 23/04/ 2021 aims coherence “We doing much more together” via cultural exchange, exchange a good practices of promotion geographical, historical and cultural identity of the partners countries.  

The project upgrades the previous projects “Europe in future- unified and multifaceted” and“Future of Europe-Reload” by Europe for citizens Programme with new topic “Belonging to EU and European Spirit”.