60 Ideas for Europe

European Civic Education

As the gap between the EU and its citizen is constantly widening,thus weakening its cohesion and capacity to act,civic education appears essential to start filling the gap in 4 phases:1.Define European citizenship in our time 2.With the help of a multidisciplinary pedagogic task force,define the content of EU citizenship educational modules ranging between 10-20 years in order to arouse/strengthen the youth’s sense of belonging to the EU 3.Testing these modules in real conditions through a network of selected schools throughout the EU 4.Launch a large scale campaign aimed at mobilizing public opinion, national and European decision-makers and stakeholders.Objectives:1.Create a powerful public opinion move in favour of introducing such modules in the curricula of the largest possible number of Member States 2.Put at their disposal a toolbox in accordance with their national traditions while ensuring equivalence of training everywhere,thus doing away with all excuses to do nothing 3.Gain the political support of a growing number of Member States so as to reach the critical mass required to bring about a major breakthrough for European citizenship and more participative democracy 4.Gain the youth support the Union needs in order to represent and defend more legitimately the concerns and interests of its 500 million citizens today -and tomorrow.With an average of 2 years planned for each phase,such 4 phase-plan could start in 2009/2010 and be completed by 2017/2018.

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  1. I think what you suggest here is indeed more than necessary in order to guarantee a stronger EU. It would not only give the Union a greater legitimacy but also would give young citizens a better understanding of how the EU works, of what it is to be part of it, as well as what the EU represents at the world level.

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