European Union: common past, present, and future for you. (EUcom4U)

The project “European Union: common past, present, and future for you” (EUcom4U) aims to increase knowledge and raise awareness of the EU history and the differing perceptions and understandings of past and present significant events among citizens of 6 European communities in 6 member-states, involving 630 direct participants and touching 5500 indirectly. The core aims are, by getting to know more on the different commemorations in EU history of the 20thcentury, local communities to understand the development of EU, to re-read and re-evaluate our common values, to value and apply them in their everyday actions and behaviors and to act respectively. Researching, debating, sharing facts and data findings, story -telling and eye-witness interviewing on the series of significant events in recent history, will allow participants to draw themselves important conclusions for the future of Europe. The main theme of the planned project activities is PEACE and UNITY. The project involves a good balanced partnership of 6 EU member states with different history (old and new, northern-southern, with long and shorter democratic experience, with different speed of European integration) that will allow the participants to get a broad picture and perceptions on the significant years that has traced the European integration, based on the process of building the value of UNITY – Hague congress, Shuman Declaration and idea of Unity, 1957 beginning of the European Economic Union, the first 1979 EP direct vote, 1990 German reunification, 2004 biggest enlargement of CEE and 2000 Proclamation of EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Using different non-formal instruments as open public debate, workshop, discussion, exhibition, educational visit, story-telling and eye-witness session, street event, FB, the project will allow citizens of the project countries to understand diverse national experiences on the road to UNITY, but also the common history of Europe and its consequences for the future.

UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights is responsible of:

  • Code of Ethics
  • One day workshop on the values of the beginning of the European Economic Union (Treaties of Rome – 1957)

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1957 – Rome – The Beginning of the European Economic Community

1979 – First European Parliament Elections

1989 – Reunification of Germany

2000 – European Charter on Fundamental Rights

2004 – 15 years of EU enlargement of CEE

EUROSOL-Solidarity in Times of Crisis

The project

European Citizens for Solidarity (EUROSOL), co-funded by the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union, gathers partners from eight EU member states to promote the European citizens’ solidarity in times of the refugee crisis. The Project started officially on January 1, 2017 and will finish on June 30, 2018.

In late 2017, the UNESCO Chair will organize a Public Forum Debate on “Human Dignity and Human Rights of Refugees.” The event will gather policy makers from eight countries to discuss and debate EU resolutions related to the refugee crisis. All participants will research, write, and propose new strategies for facing the pressing issues of the day. For more info read click here.

The project seeks to involve 50 policy makers from various backgrounds so as to achieve a fuller understand the nature of the current crisis. In particular, the forum seeks resolution to three main questions. First, whether governments should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over their national interests. Second, whether all men are equal and deserving of the same quality of life. Third, whether crime and terrorism will grow if more refugees were accepted into countries.

Debates among stakeholders will strive for common accepted solutions at the local level and the exchange of opinions at European level to intervene to influence politicians and policy makers to promote intercultural dialogue, to combat stigmatization of immigrants and to foster tolerance and empathy, which in turn brings about more cohesive, respectful, peaceful and tolerant EU societies.

To facilitate the aforementioned project, the UNESCO Chair will also provide a Code of Ethics to guide the work of the Forum’s Consortium. UNESCO Chair Staff Member Kevin Ramírez will act as EUROSOL Project Coordinator on behalf of the Chair.


Results of the entire project

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