Workshop 1: Creating a bottom-up Europe: Can citizenship education interact or co-operate with civil society movements?
The “Citizen's Pact” is a three-year long effort to bridge the infamous democratic deficit in Europe and provide bottom-up feedback to the 2014 European elections. Through more than 70 panels, 13 international forums and 2 hearings in the European Parliament, thousands of citizens, networks and organisations from throughout the continent have participated in the bottom-up drafting of a Manifesto presenting specific policy proposals for an alternative Europe.
by Lorenzo Marsili, European Alternatives (Italy)
European Citizens' Initiative (ECI)
The ECI is one of the major innovations of the Treaty of Lisbon, aimed at increasing direct democracy in the European Union. The new democracy instrument enables one million EU citizens, who are nationals of a significant number of Member States, to call directly on the European Commission to bring forward an initiative of interest to them in an area of EU competence. The ECI has been in place for 18 months now but has it already unfolded its potential to democratise the EU?
by Carsten Berg, The ECI Campaign (Germany)
Introduction & Moderation: Alicja Pacewicz, Center for Citizenship Education (Poland)
Rapporteur: Christine Rose, Freelancer (Germany)
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NECE Magazine 2016
The NECE Magazine brings you up to date on citizenship education in Europe and its neighboring countries.
NECE Blog 2016
Keeping up the tradition, NECE is running a conference blog. The blog will not only provide live documentation of the Zagreb conference but will help you familiarise with the upcoming conference beforehand.
Interview with Alicja Pacewicz
In October 2015, the Law and Justice Party won the elections in Poland and gained the absolute majority in the parliament. NECE talked with Alicja Pacewicz, Vice President of The Center for Citizenship Education (CCE), about the rapid changes in her country following last year´s change of government.
Civic Education in Eastern Europe - bpb publishes collection of essays as free e-book in English and Russian
The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) has published the book "Civic Education and Democratisation in Eastern Partnership Countries". The publication is available as a free e-book in English and Russian language.
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Please take a look at the new NECE Newsletter: »http://nece.lab-concepts.de/newsletter/NL_0116.html«
A new Council of Europe reference framework of competences for democratic culture!
This book presents a new conceptual model of the competences which citizens require to participate in democratic culture and live peacefully together with others in culturally diverse societies. The model is the product of intensive work over a two-year period, and has been strongly endorsed in an international consultation with leading educational experts.