Kick off meeting of FAIR EU Project, 2 February 2018
On February 2, 2018, ALDA and its partners launched the FAIR EU project, funded by Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Commission.
The FAIR EU project stands for Fostering Awareness, Inclusion and Recognition of EU Mobile Citizens’ Political Rights and lasts for 18th months from the 1st of January 2018 until the 30th of June 2019. The project aims at fostering the successful inclusion of EU mobile citizens in their host country’s civic and political life through the provision of a holistic approach to tackling obstacles they face when exercising their rights.
Activities include research into obstacles to free movement and political rights, evidence-based recommendations to inform local election campaigns in Belgium in 2018, and an EU-wide campaign targeting local, as well as national and EU level, authorities and stakeholders prior to the European elections in 2019. A citizen-oriented outreach component, based on ICT, will crowdsource citizens’ input on problems and possible solutions, and a digital public-awareness campaign will be carried out.
The European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) is leading the project in partnership with ALDA, Migration Policy Group, European University Institute and Malmo University. During the first kick off meeting, the partners discussed the organisation and set-up of upcoming activities, including awareness raising campaigns in Brussels, research into obstacles to electoral participation and dissemination of research results.
ALDA is a key stakeholder in bringing the project outcomes closer to the local level through its large network of Local authorities, Association of Local Authorities, civil society organisations, universities and research institutions. The project is an excellent opportunity to raise foreign citizens’ awareness about their voting rights and thus, to foster their participation in the life of the hosting cities and their dialogue with the local authorities. All in all, looking at the big picture, we believe that FAIR EU contributes to the creation of a more inclusive and politically engaged European society which is equally part of ALDA’s mission.