We are Europe Academy | Brussels | 13-14 September 2019

Empowering civil Society for a Citizens' Europe

The “We are Europe Academy” is a training event for civil society activists organised by the Union of European Federalists (UEF) and the European Citizens Action Service (ECAS) in the context of the We are Europe project, supported by the European Commission’s Europe for Citizens program.

The Academy will help activists from civil society organisations to develop their practical skills – particularly on Citizens Advocacy and Citizens Engagement - to better prepare themselves to be active participants in the ongoing debate on the future of Europe, particularly in aftermath of the European elections.

The event consists of two half days. One on the challenges facing the new European Parliament and the new European Commission and the policy expectations of citizens and civil society. One on practical skills for Citizens Advocacy and Citizens Engagement, addressing topics related to citizens' influence on national and European decision-makers.

Interaction and the exchange of ideas and experiences is encouraged – participants will learn from one another as well as from expert speakers and facilitators.


The programme include series of workshops and expert interventions in view to help citizens to shape civil society demands and priorities for the next five years and to exchange best practices on how to influence national and European decision-makers. 

Please find the full programme here

Participation Conditions

Contribution fee

Accepted participants requesting a travel reimbursement (see below) are required to pay a participation fee of 25 euro to help towards covering the costs of venue hire, catering (one dinner, one lunch and coffee breaks, as indicated in the programme), documents and other expenses. The contribution must be transferred by bank transfer prior to the event:

Union of European Federalists

BNP Paribas Fortis

Agence Quartier Léopold

Place du Luxembourg 14B - 1050 Ixelles

IBAN: BE69 2100 3760 9578


"We are Europe Academy": *First Name* *Last Name*"

Travel reimbursement

Participants residing outside Brussels will be eligible to reimbursement of their travel expenses (accommodation and subsistence excluded) exceeding 50 EUR and up to a maximum reimbursement of 175 EUR.

Reimbursements will be made on the spot and in cash only. Please, do not forget to bring the original receipts and tickets with you.

Explanatory example of the travel fee reimbursement: If you spend 150 in your flight you will get a reimbursement of 150€-50€=100€. If you spend 250€, you will get a reimbursement of 250€-50€=200€ [struck through] => 175€ (as maximum reimbursement)".

Reimbursements will only be made in cash at end of the event. Please bring all relevant documents to the academy and note that original copies of all invoices, tickets and boarding cards are required. 


The event is open to activists of civil society organisations interested in European topics. There is no age limits. Deadline for applications for international participants is the 4th of August. Accepted participants will be informed on a regular basis in any event by the 16th of August. Deadline for applications for local participants is the 1st of September. Applications are closed.


The event will take place at Mundo B, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Ixelles.

Please click here to see the venue on the map. 

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