RESOURCES FOR AN ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

The Resources section gives you the vision of the project team and volunteers for your civic participation in European context.

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ERASMUS +

Erasmus + is the program by which the EU supports education, training, youth and sport in Europe. It has a budget of € 14.7 billion, with which more than 4 million Europeans can gain experience and access to education, training and volunteering abroad.

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EDUCATION FOR DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

The Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education

In 2010, all 47 Council of Europe member states have adopted this Charter, recognizing the importance of education in the spirit of common values

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The Council of Europe develops a framework of competences for democratic culture that needs to be adapted for use in primary and secondary schools and in higher education and vocational training institutions across Europe, as well as curricula and national teaching programs.

Volume 1 Context, concepts and models
Volume 2 Descriptors
Volume 3 Guide for implementation

EU CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

Why do we need the Charter?

The Charter of Fundamental Rights brings together all the personal, civic, political, economic and social rights enjoyed by people within the EU in a single text.

It covers

  • all the rights found in the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU
  • the rights and freedoms enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights
  • other rights and principles resulting from the common constitutional traditions of EU countries and other international instruments
When the charter is used

The terms of the charter are addressed to

  • the institutions and bodies of the EU
  • national authorities only when they are implementing EU law

For example, the charter applies when EU countries adopt or apply a national law implementing an EU directive or when their authorities apply an EU regulation directly.

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EUROPEAN VOLUNTEERING SERVICE

Are you between 17 and 30 years old and want to spend 2 to 12 months abroad as a volunteer through the European Voluntary Service (EVS)? Participating in an EVS project in another country is not a decision that can be easily taken. Think ahead, plan your approach carefully and keep your motivation! In this way, the risk of being disappointed will be lower.

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EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS

The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative that gives young people the chance to volunteer or engage in projects in their own country or abroad to help communities and people across Europe.

Young people who are part of the European Solidarity Body must accept and respect the initiative missions and principles.

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EU AID VOLUNTEERS

Do you want to do something different, whilst helping others? Then the EU Aid Volunteers initiative may be what you are looking for!

Many international aid projects and organisations have joined the initiative, and are looking for volunteers right now.

You can find all of their vacancies, and details of these organisations, at the EU Aid Volunteers database.

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PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

Public consultations allow the European Commission to find out OUR opinion about the scope, priorities and added value of the EU actions in the context of new initiatives or evaluations of existing policies and regulations. Find out what are the ongoing consultations and participate.

OPEN CONSULTATIONS

EUROPEAN CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE

At the level of the European Union, the citizens’ initiative was introduced by the 2007 Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force in 2009 and became enforceable after the adoption of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16.02.2011 on the citizens’ initiative.

The European Citizens’ Initiative is a unique and innovative way for citizens to shape Europe by asking the European Commission to formulate a legislative proposal. Once an initiative has received 1 million signatures, the Commission decides which measures to take.

Open initiatives

VOTE IN THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

Voting is both a right and a duty. It is a civic responsibility that each of us should assume. By choosing to vote, you indirectly choose to express your own views on governance, which will then generate change for the better.

An important aspect of voting is related to the degree of involvement of young people. The more younger generations go to the polls, the more they choose to take note that new generations are interested in how the governing mechanism, both national and European, is working.

European elections 23 – 26 May 2019

This time it’s not enough to just hope for a better future: this time we all need to take responsibility for it.

So this time we’re not just asking you to vote, we’re also asking you to help to persuade others to vote too.

Because when everybody votes, everybody wins.

Yes, this time I’m voting!