Mooc4EU – Mooc For a European Dialogue

 

The European Union is a diverse territory composed of many different ethnic groups and religions. Considering the current European context, the terrorist attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and Brussels and the tensions between communities, it is necessary to develop intercultural dialogues and implement tools to reinforce ways of living together.

In order to do so, the general objective of the project is to develop intercultural dialogues about the future of Europe between citizens. The project will create a space for dialogue about several themes dealing with the current situation of minorities and will strengthen the feeling of belonging and European citizenship.

From the 18th to the 21st of June took place an important step of the Mooc4EU project: an advocacy meeting in the European institutions in  Brussels, Belgium. It  was a great opportunity to discuss and share the recommendations with the European institutions, in order to strengthen the structured dialogue between citizens and European representatives.

The next and final step of the project will take place in Marseille on October 6th. This will be the occasion to present to a large audience the 2 documents recommendations and the MOOC. Stay tuned!

 

Giving the voice to minorities!

Our D-day arrived. Yesterday the doors of the European Commission and the European Parliament were open to us and our minority representatives.

 

The work that we have been carrying out during this year has arrived to its final stage: to advocate with minorities to the highest decision making actor of Europe, the European Union.

In the morning we first met the policy officers of the European Commission Yuri Borgmann-Prebil, Policy officer of the DG Research and Innovation and Anja Janun policy officer of the DG Education and Culture. We presented them the project MOOC4EU and its objectives and showed the teaser and leaflet that we realised with the contributions of minorities. They then shared with us the main topics of their work and their mission at the EC and were eager to hear more on our personal experiences as NGOs and minority representatives and migrants on those same topics.
In the afternoon we visited the Parlamentarium. There we refreshed our memories on the history of the European Union and watched short documentaries films portraying different situations of European Citizens around Europe.

 

 

At six o’clock our final session started. We entered the European Parliament were we had our meeting with Gilles Pelayo, Head of Unit of “Europe for Citizens Program”, Amet Gjanaj, Member of the Brussels Capital Region Parliament, and Javi Lopez, Member of the European Parliament and of the Commitee on Employment and Social Affairs. Two more MEPs were supposed to come but had unfortunately an unexpected last minute committement. The aim of this meeting was to bring up to the “legislative” institution the recommendations of minorities.

For our advocacy with the MEPs we organised three panels, each of which focusing on one of the topics we discussed during our transnational meetings: Minorities Inclusion in Political Decision-making Processes, Migration and Mobility and Social Inclusion and Employment.
We first had a short presentations on the outcoumes ouf our debates, and then the representants of minorities had the opportunity to ask questions to the MEPs. For each topic we presented some of the most important recommendations.

 

We then discussed on the problematic related to the difficulty of developing the feeling of togetherness in the European Union and to harmonize policies and definitions regarding such topics as migration, minorities and social inclusion. Many questions arose, and a lot has been discussed on the strenghtening of the EU social pillar and the importance to equalize differences in the labour market. Allowing all citizens to vote according to their place of residence as opposed to their national citizenship has also been an important issue of the discussion. With a common EU citizenship card, all residents of a state would have the same status and right to actively and passively participate in decision making at all levels.

We finished our day with still many open questions, but unfortunately no time left. Proud of our achievements we are heading back home with many new imputs but still a lot of work to do to increase awareness on European citizenship and inclusion of minorities!

 

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Pour notre plaidoyer auprès des députés, nous avons organisé trois panels, chacun d’entre eux portant sur l’un des thèmes abordés lors de nos rencontres transnationales: intégration des minorités dans les processus décisionnels politiques, migration et mobilité et inclusion sociale et emploi.

Nous avons d’abord eu une courte présentation sur les débouchées de nos débats, puis les représentants des minorités ont eu l’occasion de poser des questions aux députés européens. Pour chaque sujet, nous avons présenté certaines des recommandations les plus importantes.

 

Nous avons ensuite discuté de la problématique liée à la difficulté de développer le sentiment d’union dans l’Union Européenne et d’harmoniser les politiques et les définitions concernant des sujets tels que les migrations, les minorités et l’inclusion sociale. De nombreuses questions ont été soulevées et beaucoup ont discuté sur le renforcement du pilier social de l’UE et l’importance d’égaliser les différences sur le marché du travail. Permettre à tous les citoyens de voter en fonction de leur lieu de résidence par opposition à leur citoyenneté nationale a également été une question importante de la discussion. Avec une carte commune de citoyenneté de l’UE, tous les résidents d’un Etat ont le même statut et le même droit de participer activement et passivement à la prise de décision à tous les niveaux.

 

Nous avons terminé notre journée avec encore de nombreuses questions ouvertes, mais malheureusement il n’y avait plus assez de temps. Fiers de nos réalisations, nous rentrons à la maison avec de nombreux nouveaux imputs mais encore beaucoup de travail à faire pour sensibiliser la population à la citoyenneté européenne à l’inclusion des minorités!

 

Continuez à nous suivre!

On vous attend à Marseille pour notre événement final le 6 octobre !!!