The Crossroads Europe project, co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, aimed at fostering cross-cutting dialogue about the EU, the challenges facing it and its future through a series of offline events dedicated to main forms of organised civil society (trade unions, student organisations, business associations and NGOs) and policymakers. The project equiped them with the necessary tools to elaborate policy recommendations around four key themes and, at the same time, it raised awareness among them of the benefits of a closer EU.
The project was implemented through a series of 6 Labs hosted in different cities and organised by a consortium of local CSOs. Each lab used an interactive methodology in order to achieve the following outputs:
- Awareness acquisition on the topics and of cross-sectoral implications;
- Non-formal education, with practical and experimental activities to foster participants’ knowledge of the topics;
- “Sharing EU”: showcase of best practices coming from the business sector, student organisations, trade unions and NGOs;
- “Boots on Europe”: development of concrete solutions for the short/long term and policy recommendations, and at the same time promote Crossroad Europe initiatives.
A training for organisers was held online (Croatia) on 27-28 June 2020, in order to ensure coherence and knowledge of best practices and innovating discussion techniques. The 6 Labs addressed to EU citizens across the continent have been held in:
- Bologna (Italy) - ONLINE, on 25, 29, 30 January 2021 in collaboration with Movimento Federalista Europeo (MFE);
- Córdoba (Spain) - ONLINE, on 13-14 and 20-21 April 2021 in collaboration with Fundación Xul;
- Sofia (Bulgaria) - ONLINE, on 14-15 May 2021 in collaboration with UEF Bulgaria;
- Berlin (Germany) - ONLINE, on 18, 20 May 2021, in collaboration with Europa Union Deutschland e.V.;
- Strasbourg (France) - ONLINE on 18-19 June 2021 in collaboration with UEF France;
- La Valletta (Malta) - ONLINE, on 21, 24 June 2021.
Each lab defined its own discussion agenda from among one of the following themes, according to local preferences:
- Climate change
- Global Europe
- Security & Freedom