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Democracy and democratic processes at the Crossover event in Budapest

The Gárdonyi SZMK was the pleasant venue of both the main activities part of the fifth CROSS OVER International event in Hungary.

On Tuesday 11th June 2019, the international partners worked in groups guided by the local coordinator, Angéla Baracskay, exchanging different perspectives on the various models of participatory democracies in the countries represented. The activities of the day concluded with an interesting tour of the Hungarian Geographical Museum in Érd.

Democracy and the democratic processes were the main topics during the public conference on Wednesday 12th June, 2019.

As an introduction, Mr. Károly Simo, vice-mayor of Érd, gave a warm welcome speech during which he presented the main local authorities, how they are elected and their role in the city’s governance. In a first time, different civil viewpoints were introduced. Ms Kinga Joó, vice-president of The National Association of Large Families of Hungary for youth, introduced and analysed data regarding demography and family policies in Hungary and in the EU. Then, Ms Evelin Lázár presented many projects and activities promoted by youth self-government of Érd. Subsequently, Ms Pavla Bednarikova, project manager at AGORA CE, introduced the main features and outputs of the CROSS OVER project, and Mr Áron Dorka, director of the EU Direct Information Center Pest, presented the work his organization is doing to disseminate knowledge and information about the European Union, especially among young people.

In the afternoon, Dr. Andras Aradszki, Member of the Hungarian National Assembly, gave a brief lecture on the interaction between European and National laws, cooperation between member states and the European institutions and the functioning of the EU Parliament. The 5th International event ended with a successful and engaging workshop for all the participants: a simulation of the European lawmaking process and the interaction among the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

The next CROSS OVER international event will take place in Gdańsk, Poland on 7th-9th July 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. 


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