One more CrossOver international event in Prague. The last sprint towards EP Elections!
On Monday the 20th of May the partners’ meeting took place at Galerie českých center. Ms Ivana Bursíková, director of Agora CE, and Ms Pavla Bednáriková, project manager, introduced the work of Agora CE and the local activities implemented in the framework of the CROSS OVER project. Moreover, all the partners coming from more than ten different countries were actively engaged and could experience various formats of political debate promoted by Agora CE, which enabled a positive exchange of perspectives on the EU.
In the evening, the meeting continued with a public debate among invited guests and politicians on the topic “EU elections and Euroscepticism”. The discussion was hosted by Mr Petr Honzejk, a journalist for the Hospodářské noviny newspaper. Mr Luděk Niedemayer, member of the European Parliament (EPP group), Mr. Mikuláš Peksa, member of the Czech Parliament (Czech Pirate Party) and Mr. Roman Joch, director of the Civic Institute (Občanský institut), exchanged their views on the relationship between the Czech Republic and the EU and answered questions coming from an interested and active audience. On Tuesday the 21st of May, the visiting partners presented the main activities of their organisations and took part in an engaging exchange of knowledge about the pre-election scenarios in their countries. In this context, to provide a further understanding of the Czech situation, Mr Vít Havelka, a research fellow at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, presented the results of his research on the Czech perception of the EU.
The next CROSS OVER international event will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 11th-12th June 2019. The CROSS OVER project is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme. The project aims at encouraging young people to reflect on political accountability through increased participation in the elections for the European Parliament. The basic idea of the project is to devise and stimulate actions that will effectively solve the lack of interest of youth in voting at the European level.