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Strengthening European Participatory Democracy, The National Student Confederation, 1-8 May 2011, Sofia‏

Strengthening European Participatory Democracy,1-8 May 2011, Sofia‏

The National Student Confederation along with JEF and UEF-Bulgaria have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the international training course "Strenthening European Participatory Democracy".
The Lisbon Treaty gave the EU a set of tools to tackle more effectively the key concerns of the citizens and its implementation is an excellent opportunity to further engage the young citizens with the European project. With the ongoing changes and their unavoidable impact on the whole EU decision making process, it is necessary to be proactive and understand the challenges and opportunities of the time to come.
The training course "Strengthening European Participatory Democracy" to be held in Sofia from 1 to 8 May, 2011 will provide young people with knowledge and skills for active participation in the democratic life of the union. The political, social, economic and cultural aspects that the course addresses will contribute to shape a vision how to strengthen European democracy and reaffirm the concept of active European citizenship.
The participants will acquire competences about how to develop activities fostering European citizenship and practical knowledge how to communicate the EU to the young citizens. The ideas and knowledge generated during the course can be used by every participant and be implemented at local level
Methodology: Panel discussions, working groups, lectures, plenary sessions, simulation games and information market will be some of the methods used to debate these issues.
The rich social program, including horse ride in Vitosha mountain (optional), parties and sightseeing trip to the Rila Monastery, one of the most significant and picturesque monuments on the Balkans, will enable the participants to feel the atmosphere of Bulgaria - an ever-evolving and modern country with great cultural heritage and traditions, dating back from Roman and Byzantine times.
Age 18-30
Countries EU Member states
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: 24 April 2011!!!