Democracy is Europe

Remember to Revive

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Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union, Democracy is Europe (DEMEU) aims at raising awareness of remembrance, common history and values and the Union’s aim that is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples by stimulating debate, reflection and development of networks.

The project will take place from August 2020 to July 2021 and it will encourage participants to reflect on the centrality of the European ideals in the revolutions of 1989-1991 and on the future of Europe and its values.

The implementation entails a series of 6 local events in countries/related to countries that have seen in 1989-1991 the fall of communism and the emergence of new democratic regimes, specifically in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltics.

Due to the fact that, paradoxically, it is in this region that today the ideas of Europe and liberal democracy are more challenged, with the emergence of nationalist and populist movements that question these ideals and contributing to making the distance between Central Europe’s new EU members and the EU wider, our geographical focus will be in 6 countries: Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Czechia, Estonia and Poland.

Democracy is Europe will be implemented through a series of 6 local events hosted in different cities: 

  • Online, Germany, from 01 to 03 December 2020 in collaboration with Europa-Union Deutschland
  • Online Hungary, from 22 to 23 January 2021 in collaboration with UEF Hungary
  • Online, Lithuania, from 20 to 21 February 2021; 
  • Online, Czechia, from 12 to 13 March 2021; 
  • Hybrid format, Tartu, Estonia, from 23 to 24 April 2021 in collaboration with the University of Tartu;
  • Online, Poland, from 11 to 12 June 2021.

A final conference with policy-makers Online in Brussels in July 2021. Each event will lead participants through a reflection about the role the EU had in the construction of their democracies and link it with today’s challenges to the rule of law and human rights, fostering a reflection on the importance to defend the European ideal as part of the continuation of the democratic revolutions started 30 years ago.

 

PARTNERS OF THE PROJECT

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Union of European Federalists (project coordinator)

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

JEF – Young European Federalists (Belgium)

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

garagErasmus Foundation (Italy)

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

UEF Hungary

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

University of Tartu (Estonia)

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Europos Federalistu Sajunga Lietuvoje (Lithuania)

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

garagErasmus Foundation (Italy)