Facing Antagonisms in Europe

Date

24 Nov 2014 17:00 to 29 Nov 2014 10:00

Address

  Berlin
Germany

Event Type

S - Workshop, course

Organiser type

NGOs / Think Tanks

Section

Social Europe & Jobs

Event Location

Germany
Chances for a common approach? Perspectives from France, Moldova and Germany

Event Description

At the occasion of their joint visit to Chisinau on 23 April 2014 the French and German Foreign Ministers Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier jointly stressed the importance of multilateral youth exchanges and meetings to underpin the process of EU approximiation in light of the signing of the Assocation agreement. The Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ/DFJW) was subsequently invited to intensify the organisation of youth encounters with the Republic of Moldova.
 
The project «Facing Antagonisms in Europe» is organised by the Young European Federalists JEF-Moldova, the Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg and the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) in cooperation with the OFAJ/DFJW. The project has three parts with a first seminar taking place in Berlin, Germany from 24 to 29 November 2014, followed by a seminar in Chisinau, Moldova from 6 to 11 April and a last seminar in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium from 14 to 19 September 2015. The same group of young people, up to eight from each country, will participate in all three parts of the project.
 
The first seminar focuses on the questions of different societal and political antagonisms in Europe and the opportunities for a dialogue. Can today’s contradictions and opposing positions be addressed on the basis of shared European values? Almost exactly 25 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Iron Curtain, young people from France, Moldova and Germany will meet to analyse and discuss the future of Europe; the relationship between the European Union and Estern Europe, and in particular the political perspectives for the Republic of Moldova in wake of the war in Ukraine. The seminar takes place in the run-up of the Parliamentary elections in Moldova and provides a forum to debate the domestic political situation as well as the future relations between Moldova and the European Union.
 
The programme will look at geopolitical factors in the current crisis of the EU Eastern Partnerhship and aims to identify possibilities for political, de-escalating and nonviolent approaches to the problems facing the region and Europe as a whole. The seminar provides a platform for tri-lateral dialogue of young European citizens on concrete initiatives and programmes and their opportunities for participation of young people.
 
The second part of the project will take place in Moldova from 6 to 11 April 2015 and will engage participants in the situation of the country after the momentous Parliamentary elections of November 2014 and coming into force of the Association Agreement with the EU. The thematic focus of the third part will be the perspectives for European integration in a continent characterised by an increasing number of
antagonisms.
 
Target group:
Young people engaged in civil society activities, students and young professionals from (residing in or being from) France, Germany and Moldova (at least 18 and not older than 30 years old)
 
Language:
Working language of the project is English
 
Conditions for participation:
Participants need to fill in the attached form and commit to participate in all three stages of the intercultural exchange as well as activities in-between seminars
 
Application deadline:
Monday, 27 October 2014, 12h00 CET
 
Participation fee / travel costs:
There is no participation fee Travel costs will be reimbursed up to the certain amount for participants from France and Germany, travel costs for participants from Moldova are fully covered by the OFAJ/DFJW
 
Members of the preparatoy team:
  • Adrian Balutel, JEF-Moldova
  • Tobias Flessenkemper, CIFE
  • Frank Morwietz, OFAJ/DFJW
  • Ina Rubbert, Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg