EAB goes CERV - Framework partners for the values of the EU
The Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) programme was launched by the European Commission in 2021 and will run for seven years (until 2027). The programme aims to develop and support open, rights-based, democratic, equal and inclusive societies based on the rule of law. This includes a dynamic and empowered civil society, encouraging citizens to participate democratically, civically and socially, and nurturing the rich diversity of European society based on our shared values, history and experiences.
The programme is based on four pillars:
- Equality, rights and gender equality - promoting rights, non-discrimination and equality, including gender equality, and advancing gender mainstreaming and non-discrimination.
- Civic participation and sharing - promoting civic participation and sharing in the democratic life of the Union, as well as exchanges between citizens of different Member States and raising awareness of their common European history.
- Daphne (prevention of violence) - combating violence, including gender-based violence and violence against children.
- Union values - protecting and promoting the values of the Union.
Since 2022, the Europäische Akademie Berlin has been a framework partner of the CERV programme in the area of the Union's values. This cooperation is the foundation for the implementation of more projects in the coming years that are directly aimed at Europe's citizens and help to make Europe and the EU tangible.
Inform, Empower, Engage
The activities of the EAB follow three different focal points: Informing, empowering and engaging citizens and stakeholders. Each area covers relevant EU policies and/or values and addresses them in a way that enables citizens to form their own judgements, express their opinions and participate in democratic life.
Inform | This strand covers information, dissemination and awareness-raising activities on the rights of the Union, the values of the Union and the policy-making processes in different EU policy areas for citizens:and stakeholders.
Empower | Promoting public exchanges of views with citizens in all areas of Union action in order to make their views known and to encourage identification with the EU.
Engage | The legitimacy of a democracy depends on the active participation of its citizens. Participation goes hand in hand with social deliberation. Both activities are preconditions for a living democracy. It is therefore of utmost importance not only to get citizens to express their opinions, but also to engage them in deliberative processes and active participation.
Our goal with CERV is clear: we want to inform, empower and promote active engagement for and with Europe. To this end, twelve activities have been designed that are dedicated to these three main strands. For example, partners and participants from over 21 European countries will be brought together directly in workshops, expert panels and at trade fairs, thus making Europe a practical experience. In addition, digital and innovative handbooks, toolkits, etc. will be created that can be used in the long term and contribute to the further dissemination of European values.
"Europe in the Classroom" is a teacher training project. The project enables teachers and educators to address current European issues in the classroom or in education in line with their curriculum. The aim is to bring pupils closer to Europe and raise their awareness of the Union's values. Particular emphasis is placed on designing interesting, attractive and low-threshold teaching arrangements.
The project is aimed at journalists and media activists as intermediaries for the communication of political developments in the EU. A series of briefings enables journalists and media activists to get first-hand information from policy-makers and experts in a short period of time. Each briefing is followed by a discussion that enables journalists and media activists to form their own judgements based on facts and figures.
In times of crisis and social change, people are looking for reliable information about political, social and cultural developments in the EU. "Europe behind the headlines will meet this need by broadcasting entertaining and informative panel discussions on current EU issues. The EAB will organise panel discussions with policy makers, experts and citizens, which will be streamed live or recorded and later broadcast as podcasts. The panel discussions are open to the general public and aim to include the views and opinions of citizens before and during the debate.
"Newsroom Europe" trains young Europeans in critical and open-minded media coverage of the priorities of the EU Presidencies. The project aims to create a multinational view of the respective presidencies and the upcoming trio presidencies. The project will start in 2023 with Sweden and Spain and will grow in the following years. The long-term goal is to create a European network of young European publishers and to promote debate on the future of Europe outside the national media public sphere.
"Unboxing Y-Europe" is an upscaling project. It uses an innovative e-democracy approach to help young migrants and refugees aged 18-30 to better understand the processes and dynamics of European integration and to make their voices heard for the future of Europe. Over the course of a year, a selected group of teachers and students, together with learning experts and practitioners, will develop a digital learning box - an interactive multimedia presentation on a smartphone - on the theme of "Europe from the bottom up".
The project brings together social workers, trainers and educators from different EU countries in the field of anti-racism to exchange good practices. Together they are developing a toolkit for educating and raising awareness of racism among students that can be transferred to all other EU countries.
The project raises awareness of the role of women in European history and integration. In a process of mutual learning, participants identify leading women in European history and role models. The stories of these women are told and illustrated in graphic novels. Both the method of this form of storytelling and the graphic novels themselves can be transferred and used in all EU countries.
The project "Reclaim" is aimed at young women aged 18 to 30. It aims to raise awareness of gender inequalities expressed on the internet and to empower young women to be more confident in social media, to participate more intensively in public discourse on the internet and to become opinion leaders and influencers who are taken seriously. The project raises awareness of gender inequality, especially in the political and digital spheres; trains and supports participants to communicate their messages effectively; and helps counter hate speech and gender-based disinformation.
"Local European Gamechangers" brings young citizens from Berlin together with other young people from Berlin's partner cities Budapest, Brussels, Madrid, Paris, Prague and Warsaw to discuss in a cross-border dialogue topics of European integration that concern and interest them most, e.g. digitalisation, climate change. The young people take the results back to their cities, where they formulate concrete demands to improve the respective situation in their home cities in a process of mutual learning and exchange and present them to local decision-makers. This project brings Europe closer to the young citizens and is suitable to raise their awareness and interest in European integration.
The project aims to encourage young citizens to reflect on gender equality and European integration and to participate in decision-making. Young women citizens will discuss, argue, deliberate and get off the train during the 10-day train journey through Europe with experts and policy makers. There will be two journeys (one westwards, one eastwards).
The project addresses various dilemmas related to climate change mitigation and sustainability, such as economic growth vs. limits of ecosystems and limited resources; biodiversity protection vs. renewable energy; demands of growing cities and metropolises vs. the needs of progressive urban climate action; growing scarcity vs. social equity. The project aims to raise awareness of these dilemmas and to support a deliberative debate with young and older citizens and local actors across borders.
In three programme lines, the project networks young people on the topics of democracy promotion, sustainable development and climate protection. In the (1) Czech-German Young Professionals Programm, three seminars take place in which participants exchange ideas with experts on the topic of resilient democracies. In the (2) Spring Lab, students from Germany and France deal with issues of sustainable development in Europe and the Global South. During the (3) Spring Academy, young people learn the basics of a new economic education for climate protection in a practical seminar.
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More than 4,000 participants are expected to take part in the projects, after which they can return to their own communities as multipliers and ambassadors for a strong and united Europe. The diverse activities underline the diversity and multi-layeredness of the people in Europe. The target groups of the various projects are therefore
- Citizens, especially women, people with migration or refugee backgrounds, people with multiple disadvantages, young people and people from rural areas.
- Stakeholders such as journalists and media professionals, politicians, multipliers, teachers, social workers and trainers.
Because we know: Only together can we create a strong Europe.
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