The European Civic Forum is regularly participating in transnational projects, aimed at fostering citizens’ participation, promoting EU Fundamental Rights and providing a space for civic actors to gather and exchange. Throughout the years, the ECF has worked with multiple partners, member organisations, local and European institutions.

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Awareness of our European history and the values our historical development has brought are essential to understand and appreciate the democratic freedoms, which have followed and which are part of the EU institutions. Therefore the History of Optimism project aims to address how the complexities within our European societies are not created on the spur of the moment, but are rooted in a past; e.g. in the year of the fall of the Iron Curtain and Berlin Wall, 1989, which later paved the way for the 2004 EU enlargement. The project specifically focuses on the role of civil society, in a historical context, providing a new and powerful approach to understanding EU values and assessing our collective historical past. And let people tell their stories by stimulating debate and reflection about the role of civil society in the EU – then and now. Thereby, we bring history alive!

“History of Optimism: Civil Society Shaping the Positive Future” is a project on the last 30 years of European history, particularly the year of 1989 and 2004, as well as values in the European Union. It especially targets European youth to tell the European history of optimism to those, born into that history. The project will unfold throughout 2019 and 2020 in Denmark, Germany and Poland – 3 countries that have played vital parts in forming our contemporary European community.

The results of the European elections in 2019 give reason to be optimistic – indeed, the significantly increased voter turnout and large demonstrations in the streets of European cities show that a majority of citizens want this Europe. Discuss various topics related to the potential of culture and cities for the european development, exchange, network and get to know new people.

The partners involved in the project are: Nyt Europa, MitOst e.V., Institute of Public Affairs and European Civic Forum.

The project is implemented with the support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.

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Initiated within the framework of the European programme “Rights, Equality, Citizenship”, the INCLUDE project supports actions to encourage the inclusion and participation of European citizens in their country in political and civic life.

The aim of this programme? To make Parisians aware of their rights as European citizens and to encourage European nationals in Paris to become more involved in the life of the city, and in particular to register on the European and municipal electoral lists.
The Maastricht Treaty of 1992 already provided for a “citizenship of the European Union”. This is in addition to national citizenship and provides a number of rights to all EU citizens. These include the right to petition the European Parliament (citizens’ initiative) and the right to consular assistance from another Member State abroad. The Treaty also extends the right to vote in European and municipal elections to all citizens of EU member states, regardless of their country of residence.
INCLUDE (New Initiatives for Local and Urban Citizenship of Europeans), in partnership with Young Europeans-France and the City of Paris.