RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE EUROPEAN POLICY MAKERS FROM THE CONCLUSION OF THE E-PANELS PROJECT
An Europecloser to its citizens and able to ensure them real opportunitiesto improve their life.
This is the need stressed by the participants to the project E-Panesl, promoted by ALDA.
In all the discussions implemented on the differentnational forums and on the final conference, that was held in Zagreb (HR) is possible to extrapolatesome really interesting recommendations forthe European policy makers.
First of all, in most of the forums was highlighted theneed to bring the EU institutions more closer to the citizensthrough a better dissemination of the informationabout EU, European citizen rights and opportunities forits citizens.
Programmes addressingyouth and youth unemployment, moving resources from the military expenses tokey sectorsas education, industry and agriculture, strengthen minoritiesrights and to respect ethnic and religious groups, more educational and mobilityopportunities for youths in order to improve their skill to facethe difficult situation of the labour market, protectingthe environment, are the main needs expressed.
The project “e-panels: fostering citizens’ participationand volunteering in a wider Europe” was designed to addressthe issue of bridging the gap between citizens andthe European Union in an innovative way. Bringing theEU closer to the citizens is one of the biggest challengesthe EU is facing today. The need to promote and explainthe “European project” to citizens, but also to involvethem in its definition itself, is well understood by thepartners of this project.
The project tried to foster citizens’ participation andinteraction between citizens’ and EU institutions throughdebates about how to improve citizen participation, witha focus on tools or processes such as ICT tools and theprocess of volunteering. e-panels aimed at producing
opinions and recommendations on these issues in orderto collect and submit them to EU institutions. The preciseaim of creating e-panels was to enable the citizens fromEU countries, but also from candidates countries, to bedirectly involved and to participate.
Partner of this project wereMaison de l’Europe (FR), FIB, Fundacion Insula Barataria (SP), AEP, Association for European Partnership (BG), Local Democracy Agency Osijek (HR), Local Democracy Agency Sisak (HR), “Studiorum”,� Center for Regional Policy Research andCooperation (MK),“Horizont”, NGO (AL).