09 May, 2012
UEF Bulgaria: Enlarging the territory of citizens' participation
UEF Bulgaria along with JEF Bulgaria and the National Student Confederation organised the international seminar “Enlarging the Territory of Citizens’ Participation” held in Sofia from 1 to 8 May 2012. Participants from 10 countries discussed the active participation of young generation in the democratic life of the Union and gained practical knowledge how to communicate the EU to the citizens.
The seminar started with a lecture of the Danish ambassador H.E. Kaare Janson who made an assessment of the achievements of the Danish EU Presidency so far. The participants received a greeting address on behalf of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov as well.

The participants were acquainted with all direct and indirect instruments of citizen involvement, from the European Citizens Initiative to the structured dialogue with civil society organizations and a modernized system of European Elections. Panel discussions, working groups, debates, lectures and plenary sessions were part of the methods used to debate these issues.  The ideas and knowledge generated during the seminar can be used by every participant and be implemented at local level.

The rest of the speakers included Wolfgang  Kutchera, Deputy Head of Mission, Austrian Embassy, Reinhart Krapp, Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy, Ralitsa Kovatcheva, journalist and Velko Ivanov, Secretary General of UEF Bulgaria.

The participants enjoyed a rich social program, that besides acquainting them with the night life in Sofia included a horse ride in Vitosha mountain and excursion to the Rila Monastery.

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