International seminar in Bulgaria

JEF, UEF and the European Movement in Bulgaria have the pleasure of inviting you to the international youth seminar “Episode 2014: A New Hope for the European Democracy”.

The European elections in 2014 are of crucial importance for the future of the EU. Taking place in a different and unique context because of the strength of the crisis and the Lisbon Treaty, they are a big challenge for the politicians to show a new vision and an excellent opportunity to further engage the citizens and youth in particular in the construction of a stronger political union. That there is a need to educate young people to take part in elections is not an issue. However, the turnout is lower than that in national elections and there’s an overall perception that voting in European Parliament elections “doesn’t change anything”. Total voter turnout has declined at all seven elections since 1979, dropping to just 43% in 2009, a historic low. Of that, youth turnout has fallen the most, sliding to 29% in 2009 from around 33% in 2004.

 The educational seminar «Episode 2014: A New Hope for the European Democracy» to be held in Sofia from 27 October to 3 November 2013 will meet the need to inform the new European generation how the EU works and the rights and obligations the EU citizenship brings in order to encourage them to vote in the European elections and contribute to boost the turnout.

 The political, social, economic and cultural aspects that the course addresses will contribute to shape a vision how to strengthen European democracy and counteract the rise of nationalist and eurosceptic movements who deny the concept of European citizenship.

 Participants will gain practical knowledge how to communicate the EU то the young citizens and build capacity for organization of information events and discussion forums during the election campaign. The ideas and knowledge generated during the seminar can be used by every participant and be implemented at local level.

 The project will involve governmental officials, elected representatives, as well as scholars, journalists, activists of civil society organizations and, most importantly, the participants themselves in a series of debates.

The rich social program will enable the participants to explore the night life in Sofia, enjoy a horse ride in Vitosha mountain (optional), attend a Halloween costume party (optional) and see the Rila Monastery, one of the most significant and picturesque monuments on the Balkans, part of the UNESCO book of world heritage.



Age                                         18-30

Countries                                 EU Member states only

Costs                                      70% of Travel Costs will be reimbursed (up to 230 Euro)

Fee/person                              75 Euro participation fee/person

Board & lodging covered by the organisers

 Deadline for applying: 17 October 2013!!!