The upcoming period of 2021-2022 becomes a critical point for the future of the EU where citizens should gather, discuss, reflect, and get involved in issues that are critical for the European project: digitalization, environment, and social cohesion. #euroCM
Timeframe: 15 March 2021 – 14 September 2022
EuroChangeMakers aims to:
- engage over 300 citizens from all project participating countries in National civic hackathons aimed at discussing, reflecting, and proposing concrete solutions for the future of Europe;
- create an informal network of 100 young EuropeanChangeMakers (ECM) from all project participating countries that are leading by example;
- organize a European civic hackathon gathering over 100 participants from all project participating countries aimed at discussing, reflecting, proposing concrete solutions for the future of Europe, and presenting them to at least 100 European and National stakeholders in the format of a White Paper;
- publish and promote EuropeanChangeMakers platform, connected with the social media feeds of the #euroCM hashtag, bringing together all the content created in the project: vlogs, opinions, regional best practices, solutions for the ‘Future of Europe’ and the ECM informal network.
- an informal network of 100 EuroChangeMakers (ECM);
- 18 national hackthons and 1 European hackathons on civic engagement debating the Future of Europe;
- 1 digital platform aggregating the contents produced in the project (including social media);
- 1 White paper published diseminated to relevant policy-makers (90 at national and 30 at European level).
- online kickoff meeting, 11-13 May 2021;
- National Civic hackathons in all 18 participating countries;
- communication campaign: ECM in action;
- European Civic hackathon in Bucharest (RO).
EuroChangeMakers #euroCM Project comes as a response to the current democratic challenges faced in the past months in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a direct impact on the possibility of participation of the citizens. Physical distancing measures remained in place in all EU Member States, including stay-at-home requirements, suspension of mass gatherings, and physical distancing when in public. Such measures impacted many fundamental rights, including the right to liberty and security (Article 6 of the Charter), respect for private and family life (Article 7), freedom of thought, conscience, and religion (Article 10), freedom of expression and information (Article 11), freedom of assembly and of association (Article 12), freedom of the arts and sciences (Article 13), and freedom of movement and of residence (Article 45). [FRA, Bulletin 2, 2020]