12 April, 2011
UEF Bulgaria call for participants: "Strengthening European Participatory Democracy"
UEF Bulgaria, along with JEF and the National Student Confederation invites young people to participate in the international training course "Strengthening European Participatory Democracy" to be held in Sofia from 1-8 May, 2011.

The Lisbon Treaty gave the EU a set of tools to tackle more effectively the key concerns of the citizens and its implementation is an excellent opportunity to further engage the young citizens with the European project. With the ongoing changes and their unavoidable impact on the whole EU decision making process, it is necessary to be proactive and understand the challenges and opportunities of the time to come.

Through panel discussions, working groups, lectures, plenary sessions, simulation games and information market the training course will provide young people with knowledge and skills for active participation in the democratic life of the union. The political, social, economic and cultural aspects that the course addresses will contribute to shape a vision how to strengthen European democracy and reaffirm the concept of active European citizenship.

The participants will acquire competences about how to develop activities fostering European citizenship and practical knowledge how to communicate the EU to the young citizens. The ideas and knowledge generated during the course can be used by every participant and be implemented at local level

The rich social program, including horse ride in Vitosha mountain (optional), parties and sightseeing trip to the Rila Monastery, one of the most significant and picturesque monuments on the Balkans, will enable the participants to feel the atmosphere of Bulgaria - an ever-evolving and modern country with great cultural heritage and traditions, dating back from Roman and Byzantine times.


PARTICIPATING CONDITIONS

Age: 18-30; no age limit for speakers

Countries: EU Member states

Costs: 70% of Travel Costs will be reimbursed (up to 230 Euro)

Fee/person: 75 Euro participation fee/person

Board & lodging: covered by the organisers

Deadline for applying: 24 April 2011!!!



FOR MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION FORM contact uefbulgaria@scas.acad.bg


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