In order to better understand the process of enlargement of the European Union and to intensify discussion on the experiences of the most recent EU member states, GONG, in cooperation with partner organizations, is implementing the EnlargEUrope project.
Croatia has been a full member of the European Union for five years now. Becoming a member was very important Croatian foreign policy goal, after which the intensity of discussions on the positive and negative sides of membership was reduced. On the other hand, citizens in the Western Balkans are not sufficiently familiar with the changes brought by European integration. They lack the understanding of the whole process. Despite the positive nature of the process by decision-makers in the candidate countries for EU membership, citizens are skeptical. For this reason, the EnlargEUrope project can be presented as a platform where citizens can describe their experience with the EU integration process.
Whether you are a citizen of the Union or a citizen of a candidate country for EU membership, we invite you to share your experience about European Union on the official page of the EnlargeEUrope project here.
The aim of this project is to encourage debate on the benefits of EU enlargement to citizens in Central and Eastern Europe, but also to the countries of the Western Balkans, especially in Serbia and Montenegro.
The project goal is to contribute to better understanding and promotion of significance of the Enlargement process by connecting Past and Present EU experience and engage present and future generations of EU citizens.
- To encourage debate on recent EU Enlargement (2004, 2007, 2013) benefits among citizens in 4 CEE (Romania, Croatia, Poland, Lithuania) and WB countries, especially Serbia and Montenegro;
- To promote EU values and history, as well as its impact on the everyday life of citizens in 4 CEE and 2 WB countries;
- To increase knowledge on positive impacts of European integration process among youth in Serbia and Montenegro.
It will involve over 650 participants, mostly youth, directly through various forms of debates and 500.000 reached online. The debate topics are focused on: Enlargement in 2025–Possible future for Serbia and Montenegro, CEE Enlargement – lessons from citizens’ perspective and Expanding Peace in Europe: 15 Years of the Bing Bang. Participants will be informed on positive impact of past and future Enlargements in all 6 countries.
Duration of the project: August 2018 – January 2020.
Project partners: GONG (Croatia), EMINS (Serbia), NGO ALPHA Centre (Montenegro), Youth Entrepreneurship Promotion Association Lithuania (Lithuania), Romanian Academic Society (Romania), Polish Robert Schuman Foundation (Poland).
More information about partners, activities and events is available on the official project page here.
Project is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.