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ALDA at the final conference of EU TUNE (14 december 2012)

EU TUNE (, coordinated by Università degli Studi "Guglielmo Marconi" (Italy), is a one-year project financed by European Commission under the PRINCE 2010 - EU 27 programme. Regione Molise (Italy) and Associação de Professores de Sintra (Portugal) in cooperation with Istrian Region (Croatia), Herzegovina-Neretva Canton (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Youth Office of Ministry of Education and Sport (Montenegro) and the Education Directorate in Shkoder (Albania) are project partners.

Project’s objectives were showing the contemporary reality of candidate and potential candidates countries and discussing their role as possible future EU members, promoting tolerance and understanding - through intercultural dialogue - between EU citizens, candidate countries and potential candidates, fostering inter-institutional dialogue between academics and representatives of regional institutions, national and European standards related to the enlargement process.

Besides, EU TUNE aimed at creating a community of secondary schools students from EU Member States, candidate and potential candidate partner countries (Italy, Portugal, Greece, Romania, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania). The goal was to make young people "talk" through the digital storytelling language, in order to prevent the growing up of preconceptions and stereotypes or to delete the existing ones.

The final conference in Rome, on December the 14th, reached its topical moment during the award ceremony during which best digital stories produced by students for the EU TUNE contest moved the audiences between laughters and tears. Final workshop organized by Marconi University, approached the topic "A larger Europe for next generations. Hopes and expectations of young people towards European enlargement".
The award ceremony testified the surprising involvement of young people, their ability to tell stories, addressing a European perspective and exchanging emotions with their peers across Europe.

Young students from European Union and in the Balkan countries approached three different themes: "Yes, that's me!" they told themselves and the cultural or natural heritage of their country, explaining why it might be an enrichment for the European Union. In "European High Hopes" they were asked to talk about their expectations for the entry of their country into the EU. Finally, thanks to the theme "Stereotypes", students had the opportunity to talk about the stereotypes associated to their country.

All stories are uploaded on the project website.
Besides that, Europe and its forthcoming enlargement was the topic of a very interesting debate among experts, journalists, university professors and institution representatives: Ms. Ilaria Mascitti and Mr Marco Ciarrocchi from Marconi University, Ms. Alexandra Pana (European Commission - DG Enlargement), Mr. Matteo Luigi Napolitano (professor in International Relation at Marconi University) and Mr. Marco Boaria (ALDA Europe). Finally, Mr Joe Lambert (Center for digital storytelling - USA) showed the audience the importance of digital storytelling in communicating and building bridges among different cultures; Ms. Monica Fasciani (Marconi University) presented RIGHTS project about global citizenship. The awards ceremony was chaired by Mr. Joao Sousa, president of the Association of Professors of Sintra.

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