The “Democratic Deficit of the European Union” project was funded by the European Union under the “Europe for Citizens” Programme
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| Participation: the project brought together 112 citizens, including 56 Town Ludbreg (CROATIA).
Venue / Dates: the meeting took place in San Gregorio Magno (ITALY) from 13 June to 16 June 2022
The project referred to informing citizens about the European Union’s institutions to reduce the democratic deficit and bring Union policies closer to citizens. The project leader was the Municipality San Gregorio Magno from Italy, and Town Ludbreg from Croatia was the partner. One twinning event was planned and implemented. The event was implemented in San Gregorio Magno from the 13th to the 16th of June 2022. Funded by the Europe for Citizens Program in December 2019, the event should have taken place in 2020. Due to force majeure, the event was postponed several times.
In 2022 Town Ludbreg as a project partner organized a visit of Croatian citizens to the partner Town San Gregorio Magno in Italy. The visit occurred on 13.06 – 16.6.2022. and it included 57 citizens from Croatia. The whole event included 112 participants. Activities that were conducted during the visit and event were made of comparisons, debates, and sharing of ideas, and points of view on the importance of the European Union and its functioning. A debate, that has put the citizen at the center of the European project, expanding knowledge on the methodology and tools for active citizen participation in the EU and its institutions, was organized. Participants talked about the benefits arising from Europe for Citizens Program, and all the innovations introduced by the new CERV Program. The event ended with the signing of the twinning oath between the Mayors of the two cities, planning new paths to be launched together. The main result achieved consists in increasing the sense of belonging to the EU of the citizens of the two communities by finding similarities, and common future interests.
This project was financed with the support of the European Commission.