Project “Counter Euroscepticism with Your Vote” main activities where designed to counter the rising Euroscepticism and distrust of national governance structures which demotivate people to participate in the voting process. The other goal of the project is to encourage voter turnout in EU parliamentarian elections. The turnout in the European Parliament elections 2014 was 43% and in 2019 was 51%, however in many EU countries the turnout is still below 30%. Project includes 6 organizations and more than 277 participants. The countries involved are Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. They had the lowest voter turnout and rise of Euroscepticism.
The project’s aims are:
- To encourage EU citizens to make their voice count,
- Built the capacity of young people to participate actively in the democratic life of Europe,
- Counter Euroscepticism with EU dialogue and discussion on forward-looking initiatives for the future of Europe,
- Educate young people about EU values and history of EU.
1. Workshops “Active EU” in all partner countries, aimed at debating and gathering and comparing the individual opinions of the citizens on how policy agendas are and should be implemented within the EU political framework. Debating active citizenship, Euroscepticism and voting.
2. Transnational events
- “My Vote” on why voting is important, discussing how to increase youth interest and engage young people in democratic elections.
- “EU Future” on the future of EU and the challenges of Euroscepticism.
- “Day of Democracy” presenting the state of democracy in the EU, democracy’s forgotten turning points, foster important EU event. Presenting the benefits of EU policies and how to be an active citizen
3. Survey report analysis about increasing voting turnout, tackling Euroscepticism and increasing active citizenship