Our lovely capital city of Belgrade was the place of the first partners’ gathering at our EnlargEUrope project that was launched in August. Indian summer made a perfect setting for working, as well as team building. Our joint project aims to contribute to better understanding and promotion of significance of Enlargement Process by connecting Past and Present EU experience and engage present and future EU citizens. That is why we have gathered a small but powerful team of organization from different parts of Europe representing “older” and “newer” members of the EU – Poland, Lithuania, Romania, and Croatia, as well as the EU candidate countries, so called forerunners of the Western Balkans – Serbia and Montenegro.
Special focus of this Belgrade Experience Meeting was on the dynamics of communication and reporting, as well as on useful communication channels and social network tools for reaching young people that we will employ during the project. We prepared an action plan for organization of more than 20 public events in these six European countries and drafted some key messages for the upcoming 15-month-long online communication campaign.
We talked about the local context of communication on the European issues and the common EU narrative in each country and discussed innovative means of engagement of citizens in the debate.
Partners agreed that working with youth in our countries is one of the best ways to share knowledge and experience about the European Union. Engaging youth in a right way is a cornerstone of the progress of European Union societies, because they are the agents of change. Adequate communication and education of youth contributes to strengthening of democratic capacities of accession countries as well as EU member states. Partners emphasized the need to increase the flow of information on EU membership benefits which will be the basis for more complex and fact-based debate in the future EU member states, Serbia and Montenegro.
Partners had the opportunity to get to know each other better, share experiences and examples of good practice in fostering and promoting European values and EU Enlargement. Beside the working part of the meeting, we made sure to have time for pleasure with special touristic and social program around Belgrade.
The project EnlargEUrope is being implemented by the European Movement in Serbia in partnership with the Alpha Center from Montenegro, GONG from Croatia, the Youth Entrepreneurship Promotion Association from Lithuania, the Romanian Academic Society and the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation. The project is co-financed by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. Learn more about the project here.