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 Europe For Citizens

The project «Perspectives of the European Union - II. International  meeting of european citizens» was funded with the support of the

European Union under the Programme "Europe for Citizens"

 

Applicable to the Strand 2 – Measure 2.1 "Town-Twinning”

Participation: The project involved  680 citizens, notably 40 participants from the city of Kojetín (Czech republic),  

40 participants from the city of Nyíregyháza - Fiatalok kulturális szövetsége Ifjúsági Egyesület (Hungary), 40 participants from the city of Lendava - Krajevna skupnost Dolga vas (Slovenia), 60 participants from the city of Győr -

ARRABONUS DIÁK ÉS IFJÚSÁGI KÖZHASZNÚ EGYESÜLET (Hungary), 500 participants from the city of Senica - ZAHORACKY FENIX (Slovakia).

 

Location/ Dates: The event took place in Senica, Slovakia, from 16/06/2017 to 18/06/2017.

 

Short description:  

Friday:

The youth organization Iuventa, to which the Eurodesk in Slovakia also belongs to, held an interesting, informative lecture for young people. Thus, the participants gained information about further education and volunteering opportunities that affected both domestic and foreign programs (Erasmus +, EVS, etc.). After that, during the informal conversation, they were talking about thereof, how deeply they had been involved in volunteering activities and if they had already tried this option. Zuzana Jankechová, colleague of Iuventa, called the attention of the youth to the rights and the achievements ensured by the EU and that are present in our everyday lives (e.g.: abolishing roaming fees). Then there was a joint sightseeing tour, during which the Čáčov water mill was also visited, which commemorates the crafts of old times. Then we visited the nearby golf course, where the visitors could try this kind of sport. The evening went on in the spirit of getting acquainted and making friend the present organizations presented their activities and their goals. Then we also presented the EU Corner, in which a number of interesting multilingual prospectuses and brochures provided information about the Union, citizens' rights, employment opportunities and perspectives regarding to the future of Europe.

Saturday:

Various activities begun, which created a great opportunity for team building and deepening newly gained relationships. Each program offered fun and opportunities to be involved, for each age group. The policemen with dogs made a presentation, during which they demonstrated the co-operation between man and animal with a young, still undertraining, German shepherd. The international matches have also begun (beach volleyball, mini-football) in which locals and foreigners have measured their skill and knowledge. Funny tasks and games waited for the smaller ones that could be achieved both individually and as a team (loop throwing, target shooting, goal kick, blindfolded orientation, etc.). We also provided space to creativity: there was possibility for asphalt drawing, or rather, decoration of gingerbread was also carried out by the leading of the lectures. Facial and body painting was also very popular. An abundant cultural program demonstrated the diversity of European art, where foreign visitors had the opportunity to introduce themselves as well.

So the participants got a taste of folk music, world music, social-dance, jazz standards and traditional dances as well. Horse rider policemen also had a very exciting presentation, who showed how to ensure the order at each event by their horses in various ways. The members of the Civilian Defence and the Red Cross, were also present who then

presented their activities in practice and talked about the issue of volunteering with the people. In the evening, there was grilling and a joint meal under the open sky, followed by a short presentation in which we called the attention to the importance of national and EU elections.  Sunday:

During the morning we took a short tour in the surrounding hills and forests, during which we observed the local flora and fauna. Nature conservation projects have also been mentioned, which aim to preserve biodiversity and are implemented through joint, responsible actions by several partners. During the lunch, new cooperation proposals were born among the members of the partnership, as the past few days had been spent in a good mood and learning. The program was closed by a joint, short project evaluation, after which the foreigners said good-bye and left home.