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This project addresses important social issues: active citizenship, Euroscepticism, the state of democracy in partner countries, the next EU elections and the future of the EU.

 

Rising Euro-skepticism and distrust in national control structures demotivate people to participate in the election process. The turnout for the elections to the European Parliament in 2014 was 43%, in 2019 it was 51% and in many EU countries the turnout is still below 30%. This project includes six organizations from Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, which had the lowest voter turnout and an increase in euroscepticism. Project partners will together explore the reasons for the low turnout and develop strategies to fight Euro-skepticism.

Find out more about the project by visiting the project website http://countereuroscepticism.eu/

Please take part in the project by filling out the survey research.

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Values on which the European Union is based on

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Human dignity

Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected, protected and constitutes the real basis of fundamental rights.

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Freedom

Freedom of movement gives citizens the right to move and reside freely within the Union. Individual freedoms such as respect for private life, freedom of thought, religion, assembly, expression and information are protected by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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Democracy

The functioning of the EU is founded on representative democracy. Being a European citizen also means enjoying political rights. Every adult EU citizen has the right to stand as a candidate and to vote in elections to the European Parliament. EU citizens have the right to stand as candidate and to vote in their country of residence, or in their country of origin.

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Rule of law

The EU is based on the rule of law. Everything the EU does is founded on treaties, voluntarily and democratically agreed by its EU countries. Law and justice are upheld by an independent judiciary. The EU countries gave final jurisdiction to the European Court of Justice which judgements have to be respected by all.

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Human Rights

Human rights are protected by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. These cover the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, the right to the protection of your personal data, and or the right to get access to justice.

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What does it mean

to be an

Active Citizen?

Active citizens do many ‘things’ to improve the lives of others. They contribute to social justice in their community by taking action on issues in order to make a difference. They question the way things are done.Active citizenship can be demonstrated globally, nationally and locally.

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Equality

Equality is about equal rights for all citizens before the law. The principle of equality between women and men underpins all European policies and is the basis for European integration. It applies in all areas. The principle of equal pay for equal work became part of the Treaty of Rome in 1957. Although inequalities still exist, the EU has made significant progress.