Europe: Project and Process. Citizens, Democracy, Participation

by Dr Susana del Río, published in July 2014
In her latest book “Europe: Project and Process. Citizens, Democracy, Participation”, Dr Susana del Río explores the relevance of two vectors that are part of the European integration and EU’s personality: the value of being both Project and Process. As its title suggests, Europe: Project and Process looks at the European Union focusing on its inherent value as a project and on its potential stemming from this essential characteristic. The book is written at an important time for the European project, as the EU has been experiencing over the past years not only significant economic decline, but also a severe identity crisis. In this context, it remains a fundamental challenge to restore the faith of citizens in this great political project that is the European Union. Weiter...

DEMOCRACY IN THE MAKING: Good practices from five years of Regional Summer Academies "Democracy at School and Human Rights in Action"

Edited by Ted Huddleston and compiled by the European Wergeland Centre, published in 2014
On the occasion of the 5th anniversary conference of the Summer Academy Democracy at School in Poland, which was held from October 5-7 2014, a booklet of good examples “Democracy in the Making” was launched, in English and in Russian, showing what can be achieved when EDC/ HRE is taken seriously in schools. It encourages educational practitioners and decision-makers to further action in this field. The booklet highlights some of the innovative practice which has emerged since the academies were established. Weiter...

Global Citizenship Education: Preparing learners for the challenges of the twenty-first century

by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, published in 2014
What is Global Citizenship Education? Do we learn it in school? What difference can it make if it is a common feature of all education systems? How can it be implemented and scaled up? The answers to these questions and others can be found in a new publication just released by UNESCO.
For UNESCO, global citizenship education (GCE) develops the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes learners need to build a more just, peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, secure and sustainable world. In a globalized and fast-changing world, these are critical skills that current and future generations need to act today and find solutions to tomorrow's global challenges. Weiter...

Citizens’ participation at the local level in Europe and Neighbouring Countries

by Antonella Valmorbida and published by Peter Lang
This book brings together the work of the Secretary General and staff of ALDA and of the Local Democracy Agencies, as well as numerous practices and voices from the members and partners of its vast network. Through the field experiences presented, ALDA shows how and why citizen participation leads to the adoption of better solutions, and, at the same time, fosters long lasting, balanced development.
This publication formulates conclusions and offers insightful input for future activities aiming at building truly democratic local democracy. It is therefore particularly useful for all those who intend to work within the recently adopted programme ‘Europe for Citizens’ 2014-2020, as well as to bridge the topics of active citizenship and development – the focus of the European Years 2013 and 2015. Weiter...

Enacting European Citizenship

by Didem Buhari-Gumez, published 2014
This book sheds light on the limits and opportunities that are inherent to the institutions and practices of European citizenship, using various empirical examples specifically of minority groups. Weiter...

The European dimension in citizenship education

by Kris Grimonprez, published in February 2014
The European Law Review published an article by Kris Grimonprez’s entitled “The European dimension in citizenship education: unused potential of Article 165 TFEU”. This article proceeds in four steps. After introducing the theme of EU citizenship education in schools, the potential of art.165 TFEU as a legal basis for EU incentive measures promoting the European dimension in education is examined. Two hurdles have to be cleared: the vagueness of the concept "European dimension in education" and the limits to EU competence to promote this type of European dimension. This potential is largely unused, in substance and in form, which leads to suggestions for the future. Weiter...

Participatory Democratic Innovations in Europe

by Brigitte Geißel and Marko Joas (eds.), published in November 2013

Representative democracy is often seen as a stable institutional system insusceptible to change. However, the preferences of the broad public are changing and representative, group based democracy has lost importance. This development made it necessary to change established ways of decision-making and to introduce participatory democratic innovations. Many national and sub-national governments followed this route and implemented various kinds of participatory innovations, i.e. the inclusion of citizens into processes of political will-formation and decision-making. The authors analyse and evaluate the various effects of these innovations in Europe, providing a bigger picture of the benefits and disadvantages different democratic innovations can result in. Weiter...

Euromed Youth: Youth work in Tunisia after the revolution

by Euromed Youth project, published in July 2013
The report on ‘Youth Work in Tunisia after the Revolution’ is a result of the Study Visit After the Arab Spring: youth work reality, held in Tunisia last year, which provided the chance to work and reflect about youth work and policy after the Revolution. Weiter...

Is Europe Listening to Us?
Successes and Failures of EU Citizen Consultations

edited by Raphaël Kies and Patrizia Nanz, published in June 2013
How can the European Union engage and connect with the people it aims to represent? And what initiatives and schemes have been used to engage EU citizens? This collection of internationally recognised specialists in European integration and innovative democratic practices seek to answer these key questions, explore European citizens’ thoughts and opinions about the EU and evaluate the governing elite’s attempts to engage with the public. It offers critical analysis of EU justifications and strategies for implementing Deliberative Citizens Involvement Projects and focuses on some of the major participative experiences trialled and implemented by EU institutions. Weiter...

"EU Citizenship Report 2013 – EU Citizens: your rights, your future"

by the European Commission, published in May 2013
As the EU Citizens are at the heart of European integration, their support and participation is key to increasing the legitimacy of the European Union. The EU Citizenship Report 2013 will identify remaining obstacles which still prevent EU citizens from making full use of their rights - from looking for a job in other EU countries, via getting better legal protection whenever in another EU country, to ensuring stronger participation in the democratic life of the Union. Weiter...



Please take a look at the new NECE Newsletter:

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.

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.