We are Europe Citizens' Agora, 2019 1st Edition

Budapest, 22-23 February 2019

"What future for Europe when Democracy and Rule of Law are under pressure?"

We are Europe Citizens' Agora is a public political event co-organised by “We are Europe” partners in view to consolidating the participant organisations’ and citizens skills, offering them political visibility and reinforce cross-border partnerships. The event is organised by UEF in cooperation with UEF Hungary, JEF and The Spinelli Group

In the context of raising populism in Europe, where civil society actors operate in hostile political environments, when democracy and rule of law are endangered, and 6 months prior the European Parliament elections, the We are Europe Agora in Budapest aims to stimulate and organise a reflection and debate on these issues and their future of Europe involving civil society actors and political representatives from European Union member states and in particular those from the Visegrad countries.

The Agora promotes societal engagement within the debate on the Future of Europe. It allows participants to address crucial topics in this particular context, such as future and challenges of democracy and rule of law in Europe and the Visegrad prospective on the future of Europe debate.

We are Europe Citizens' Agora 1st edition

The Citizens’ Agora will start on Friday 22nd of February late afternoon with a public political debate. This event will permit a debate between members of the European Parliament from The Spinelli Group, local politicians or former MEPs and the civil society from Hungary and other center-European countries.

Saturday event would allow open discussion between European experts, local Think Tank representatives and civil society, including representatives of citizens’ organisations, parties, universities on the topics related to democracy at local and European levels.

The event will gather 60 international participants from different European countries and activists and representatives from civil society, politics and academia from Hungary

The programme of the Agora includes:

  • Political public debate on following topics: “Moving European Unity forward: how to conciliate diverging views of our Union?” and “Towards the European Parliament Elections: challenges and opportunities.”
  • Two rounds of discussion on Democracy and Rule of Law and Media freedom in today’s Europe and on Prospects on European Governance and policies between national and European democracy and sovereignty
  • Working group discussions.
  • Addressing the reasons: why citizens tend to vote for nationalist policies and how to convince the citizens that united Europe is better option for European citizens.

Programme

The programme planed on three days consist of three sections:

Friday, 22nd of February afternoon: Public debate in the frame of the Citizens’ Agora

Saturday, 23rd of February morning and afternoon: Citizens Agora activities

Saturday, 23rd of February early evening and Sunday 24th of February morning: Political Commission working groups

Please find full programme here

Participation Conditions

The event is open to civil society activists officially residents in an EU member state, an EU-candidate country, a country being part of the European Economic Area

Civil society activists meeting the following criteria are eligible to participate in the “We are Europe: Citizens’ Agora” programme:

  • Applying candidate need to be officially be resident in an EU member state, an EU-candidate country, a country being part of the European Economic Area
  • Applying candidate must agree with the main objectives of the “We are Europe” scheme and pursue the objective of an ever closer union between European citizens and nations

Travel Reimbursement

Participants residing outside Budapest will be eligible to reimbursement of their travel expenses (accommodation and subsistence excluded) 70% and up to a maximum reimbursement of 150 EUR. Reimbursements will be made on the spot and in cash only, upon presentation of proof of payment. Please, don’t forget to bring the original receipts and tickets with you.

Contribution

Accepted participants are required to make a contribution of €60 to help towards covering the costs of venue hire, catering (accommodation for event days, a welcome reception, breakfasts, one lunch, one dinner and coffee breaks), documents and other expenses. 

The contribution fee is waived for local, Budapest based participants.

The contribution should be transferred immediately after your registration confirmation on the following account:

Union of European Federalists

BNP Paribas Fortis

Agence Quartier Léopold

Place du Luxembourg 14B - 1050 Ixelles

IBAN: BE69 2100 3760 9578

SWIFT CODE: GEBABEBB

"We are Europe Citizens Agora": *First Name* *Last Name*"

 

Venue and accommodation

Friday 22 February:

The political debate in cooperation with The Spinelli Group will take place at the Kossuth Klub, Muzeum u. 7, 1088 Budapest

Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 February

Accommodation in double rooms is provided in the European Youth Centre Budapest upon a request in the registration form. 

Click here to see the venue map of the European Youth Centre (Saturday and Sunday).

Registration form

Registration is compulsory by Thursday 17 of January by filling in the registration form

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