NECE New Year's Reception 2014

28 January 2014, Brussels (Belgium)

In 2014 all eyes are focused on the forthcoming European Parliament elections. There is considerable evidence that populist and nationalist parties will gain a lot of votes.

In this situation citizenship education in Europe is of substantial importance and carries responsibility. The reasonable criticism of the EU has to be taken seriously and has to be discussed at a transnational level. At the same time, the opportunities of political participation need to be promoted.

Will a common intervention of politics and citizenship education be successful at the transnational level?

Within the framework of the NECE New Year's Reception the NECE Initiative discussed these and other questions with Members of the European Parliament, scholars as well as practitioners and stakeholders in citizenship education

Four scenarios on the future of the EU in 2030 were presented in a video clip. Doris Pack, MEP and well-known Dutch publicist Paul Scheffer were present to discuss their ideas with the audience. The transnational initiative Vote Match Europe (based on a Voter Application Advice System, which was used by 13 million people during the last parliamentary elections in Germany) introduced the first outcomes of their project.

The goal of this evening was to spark a dialogue between citizenship education and European policymakers.

Please note: The New Year’s Reception will be in English without simultaneous translation.

PDF-Icon Programme
PDF-Icon Biographies
PDF-Icon Statement by Doris Pack
PDF-Icon Welcome Address by Thomas Krüger

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  • Conference venue

    28 January: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels (Belgium)


    Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)
    ProDemos - House for Democracy and the Rule of Law (the Netherlands)
    The Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (Austria)
    Civic Education Centre (Czech Republic)
    Citizenship Education Centre (Poland)
    University of Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences

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