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What do you want to achieve with this project?

The idea: Comparing one topic in two cities, Berlin always being the comparison city.

The method: involving 12 citizens from each city, affected by a topic, they play the leading role in the project

The 4 steps for each topic:

  1. Focus groups with the citizens of the 2 cities
    / collecting “soft’ information
  2. Public Radio-Shows with citizens and local politicians and experts
    / confronting with facts, policies & perspectives
  3. TV-Shows at the EU-Parliament: the citizens of the 2 cities meet and talk to their MEPs (region & topic)
    / confronting learnings of steps 1 & 2 with EU-policies
  4. Public debate in Berlin – All participants gather in Berlin,
    / citizens formulate proposals or demands to local, national and EU politicians

The results:

  • participants see the similarities or differences of the situation they share
  • participants get to understand how policies are made in the EU, mixing local, national, EU-level
  • EU is made tangible, citizens meet and speak to their representative
  • sociological insight into the themes and citizens views on them (focus group, qualititative methodology to analyse results)

The topics and cities

  • Youth unemployment: Tourcoing France, Berlin-Wedding
    In both cities the rate is higher than in the rest of the country. 26% in France, 32% in Tourcoing; 7% in Germany, 10% in Wedding
  • National Minorities: Budapest VI, Berlin-Mitte
    Germany has 3 national minorites, Hungary 12. Yet the first accepts refugees, the latter rejects them. How is a multi-ethnic society seen in a country that has been so for centuries, and one that has become so in the last decades?
  • EU-citizenship: Split Croatia, Berlin Charlottenburg
    Croatia is the most recent EU-country, Germany is one of the founding countries. Is there such a thing as a feeling of EU citizenship?
  • Digital Economy & Data protection: Tallin Estonia, Berlin
    In Germany the NSA Scandal brings people to the street while the government happily cooperates with the USA, in the digital republic Estonia data protection has been developed to perfection. Can the 4th largest economy learn from one of the smallest country of the EU? And how do citizens cope wiht the digital age?
  • Asylum policy: Amstelveen NL, Berlin Tempelhof
    Berlin Tempelhof hosts the biggest refugee camp on EU soil with 5000 inhabitants, in the rich suburb of Amsterdam the potential implantation of a house for 300 refugees caused massive protests. How do average citizens see the refugee crisis?
  • Job education & mobility: Sochos Greece, Berlin Steglitz
    The EU is a big playground for students, but how is it with young people that aim at non-academic training? Berlin-Steglitz has decade-long ties with Sochos in Greece and offered professional training for 10 young greeks. They and 10 counterparts from Berlin will tell how young non-academic professionals see the EU.

Outlook
This is a pilot project. If it is successful, it can be replicated with different citizens in the EU. Hopefully berlin won’t always be the comparison city.

Do you need help to put your idea into practice?

You can help with the funding. We applied for the fund Europe for citizens, result is expected during june 2017.

A 2nd funding should come from the Bosch foundation in Germany, their funding system is online-voting. Please vote for our project here:

http://www.lets-go-join-in.eu/vote.html

7 projects will be funded, so its not that unjust for the others.

What are the details of the project?

The idea of the EU is fantastic idea, to unite people. Unfortunately the EU is seen as disconnected from people. The most recent Eurobarometer (May 17) shows that 50 % of citizens think the EU is heading in the wrong direction. Brexit proves it, Frexit will be deflected by a couple of percent hoepfully.

Von Kiez zu Kiez / From Hood to Hood / De quartier à quartier aims at connecting the EU with the neighbourhoods of Europe. Of all EU institutions, the EU-parliamant has the highest democratic legitimacy. Unfortunately no EU-citizen can name his representative. This project wants to change that.

A relationship of any kind needs dialogue. The dialogue between EU an its citizens is severely disrupted. It is untangible, difficult to understand, very hard to reach, impossible to influence: look at the flop of the ECI, the European Citizen Initiative.

Ideally the EU Parliament can be strengthened through this project, at the least, it will increase its notoriety. Let’s dream: that one day the Eu Parliament will rise to live up to its name and be a body comparable with the house of commons or the bundestag.

Topics the proposal focuses on
  • analysis
  • campaign online
  • capacity building
  • Citizen Participation
  • Democracy and Participation
  • Transparency