Europe is a multi-level governance system and participation in European democracies starts at grassroots level. Yet, every day’s news show that policy-makers, both at the European and national level, are disconnected from citizens’ daily considerations and that Europe is too often perceived as an elite project. To turn this around, Evens Foundation decided to become a partner of the FutureLab Europe to help to encourage young Europeans in their active citizenship efforts at their level, i.e. their communities. The project offers the young citizens of Europe the concrete chance to shape the reality around them by providing support for the implementation of their own projects. At the same time, the programme connects young and active citizens, who have a strong interest in matters of European relevance, mainly democracy and participation, equal opportunities for young people, and European identity. Participants of FutureLab Europe develop their own ideas and positions and take responsibility and actions by implementing their own projects, while using them to address decision-makers with specific messages.
If you are an ambitious and creative young European aged 20-30 who is actively engaged in civil society actions and for whom active citizenship is of particular relevance, with strong interest in Europe and belief that citizens have an important role to play in influencing the direction of our continent and interested in running a project related to democratic participation, equal opportunities or European identity in your community or beyond, we would be pleased to welcome you as a member of the sixth generation of the FutureLab Europe programme. FutureLab Europe is selecting 20 bright and committed young Europeans for its 2017 edition.
For its 2017 edition, FutureLab Europe is looking for 20 bright and committed young Europeans who want to play a role in the future of Europe by implementing a project with a civic impact. Projects ideas can include (but are not limited to) a blog series, volunteering activities, a picture exhibition, artwork, short movie, school visits, a series of debates and should be connected to the programme’s focal topics:
- Democratic values in Europe – What can we as young Europeans do to ensure that Europe’s democratic values are at the basis of our societies?
- Equal opportunities for young people – How can we as young people overcome the multiple barriers we face and ensure that our society and economy offer the same opportunity to all of us?
- European identity – Has European identity meaning for us as young people and how can we contribute to further foster it?
Fill in the application form here.