BBB participates at the project “Road to the future” – towards the European elections 2019 aiming at encouraging debate among young Europeans about the European Elections 2019 and enhance their participation. Balkans Beyond Borders (in cooperation with JEF Greece) will carry out local campaign and advocacy activities before and after the EP elections.
The initiative is built in two phases: the lead-up to the European Parliament elections 2019 and their follow-up.
- Before the EP elections:
Before the European Parliament Elections, the project will train multipliers (youth activists, youth leaders, youth workers) as well as gather and develop tools and resources for them to organise local activities designed to include young voters in debates about the EU and encourage them to vote.
Main mobility events:
- a meeting with youth engagement and communication experts (Portimão, 15-18.01.2019),
- a training for facilitators and organisers of local events (Skopje, 2-9.02.2019),
- a large-scale youth exchange and event gathering approximately 2000 young people (Paris, 13-17.03.2019) see the report of the training
Within this framework BBB organized a local event with great success in Athens on the 29th of March 2019. The event entitled “European Election 2019: Vote for the Future” aimed on raising awareness to young people about the European elections, on exchanging ideas about the future of Europe and getting information on different European political positions. The event started with an interactive game powered by Hellenic Youth Participation, in which the audience had the chance to be informed about the function of the EU and to learn more about the upcoming elections. Afterwards, the 6 candidate MEPs took their places for a very interesting debate where all the participants expressed their voices democratically . See more info here.
Moreover, on the 21st of April 2019, Dimitris Maragkos, project manager of BBB moderated a round table discussion in Thessaloniki. Having as a topic “Active citizenship in Europe: EU Elections 2019 and beyond”, the discussion took place in the framework of the Annual General Meeting of Erasmus Student Network where more than 1.000 young people were gathered in the city of Thessaloniki for four days. In the discussion were representatives of the European Parliament in Greece, the State Scholarships Foundation, the General Secretariat for Youth, ESN International, JEF Europe and Erasmus Mundus Association Greece. In the same time the #IChooseEurope bus tour made its 8th stop in Thessaloniki where it joined forces with young people from all over Europe. From April 10th to 30th, the #IChooseEurope bus tour was on the European roads to raise awareness about youth participation and the upcoming European elections of May 2019.
- After the EP elections:
The second phase seeks to build on the ideas collected and momentum created to ensure a long-term European-oriented youth participation. It will include a training for trainers and mentors (Werbellinsee, 22-29.06.2019), who will then organise local trainings and activities in 14 countries. These activities will be aimed at ensuring that young people gain the knowledge, competencies and tools necessary to be engaged for the future of Europe at the local level.
In the last phase of the initiative, advocacy initiatives will be organised all around Europe and the results of the project will be presented at the final conference (Brussels, December 2018/January 2020).
- Young European Federalists (JEF Europe),
- Assembly of European Regions (AER):
- Balkans Beyond Borders
- Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID),
- DYPALL Network,
- Association Europe4Youth
- European Educational Exchanges – Youth For Understanding
- Union of European Federalists (UEF)