Overview of the project
Co-funded by the European Parliament’s grant programme in the field of communication, this project was aimed at motivating the Erasmus Generation to go to vote within the EU Elections 2019 by explaining country-by-country procedures to be followed by young expats. Our campaign allowed them to get information on how to vote from abroad during their mobility or stay and to get a basic knowledge of EU policies and priorities. We also supported those ones who were not able to find all the information on the voting procedure.
From February to May 2019 a total of 29 promotional events, conferences and info-desks were organised in 22 European cities for a total 1900 citizens reached both online and online.
The final objective of the project was to push the newly elected European Parliament to adopt a harmonised legislation on European Elections, valid in all Member States.
garagErasmus was an official partner of the European Parliament’s official campaign “This Time I’m Voting”.
How did it work?
garagErasmus selected one Erasmus Ambassador from each EU Member State and, after a training session held at the European Parliament in Brussels –including a welcome message by EP President Antonio Tajani-, we assisted him/her to organise one event in the country where he/she was for mobility, with the assistance of our Partner Universities, local associations and Foundations Members.
Furthermore, garagErasmus also released the Erasmus Vote Power hand-out containing all the information about the EU Elections used for their important mission.
This time I’m voting!
The project ended with the Panel Discussion – “Erasmus and European Universities: the future of Europe?” – where gE invited important stakeholders to talk about higher education in the EU. The event took place European Elections Night – 29 May within the official Elections Night organised by the European Parliament. During the whole event, gE held an information stand at the Esplanade Solidarność 1980 to follow the live results.
garagErasmus was proud to be official partner of the European Parliament in the institutional campaign for the 2019 EU Elections. By encouraging the Erasmus Generation to go to vote we contributed to raise the turnout by 8% for the first time in 40 years.
NEWS ON THIS PROJECT
garagErasmus Foundation is quite satisfied about the results of the “Erasmus Vote Power: active citizens for an active Europe!” project. All in all, we organised 29 offline events all around Europe and an online campaign covering all the EU official languages. garagErasmus estimates that the project disseminated information about the elections to an estimated total of 20.000 people.
On 26 May 2019, garagErasmus was one of the organisations holding a stand at the Esplanade Solidarność 1980, in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, to follow the results of the European Elections live, where we had the opportunity to explain our activities and projects to the people who approached us.
The event took place at the European Parliament in Brussels where we have been gifted with a message from Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament.