Project: Voices from Central and Eastern Europe

On the Future of Europe Conference

20 September 2021

The region of Central and Eastern Europe faces challenges in getting across its constructive proposals for the future of Europe. Strong popular support for the EU and the vibrancy of civil society are overshadowed by political polarisation and increasing challenges to the democratic order in the region.

Civil society faces difficulty to bring out a more positive and inclusive voice that connects the needs of citizens, including those who reject or put into question the EU with achievements and future directions of European integration.

Together with a strong group of partners across the EU, including the Bratislava Policy Institute (Slovakia), Euro Créative (France), European Forum Alpbach (Austria), Fondazione Di Vagno (Italy), Forum2000 (Czechia) and Open Lithuania Foundation (Lithuania) we — Visegrad Insight — plan to facilitate the constructive input of civil society from Central and Eastern Europe in the upcoming debate about a long-term vision for the future of Europe. It seeks to overcome an image of recalcitrance and limited input associated with the region, by elaborating on constructive proposals through extensive workshops, consultations and scenario-building for the future of Europe from the perspective of civil society stakeholders. By means of extensive discussions and broad inquiry, it gives voice to actors that may not be heard through conventional and state-led channels of consultation.

During the course of the project, multifarious groups of civil society stakeholders — including representatives from younger generations and with a diverse set of backgrounds — will be invited to discuss key trends and strategic directions for the European project with particular attention placed on civil society organisations in enhancing activities and democratic legitimacy of EU institutions and its decision-making process. The output will be disseminated among civil society actors, including youth organisations and put forward to MEPs from Central and Eastern Europe as a means to raise exposure to the varied voices from the region.

Project is co-funded by the EU.

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Past events:

Scenario building workshop No. 1
During Lector in Fabula Festival, Conversano, Italy
23-24 September 2021

This workshop has gathered almost 30 participants from all over the EU (List of Participants) and has been the first step in the process of developing, narrating, analysing and backcasting alternative futures for the Conference on the Future of Europe.  The participants have discussed the drivers and triggers shaping the future of the region, evaluated them by probability, impact as well as importance from the CEE perspective. In three teams we debated the “most impactful and uncertain” outliers in the drivers and begun narrating possible scenarios.

Maja Ava Ziberna (RTV Slovenija, Slovenia), Andrea Pippino (Internazzionale, Italy), Vessela Tcherneva (ECFR, Bulgaria)
Workshops session
Background materials prepared by Maliek Banat
Maira Selicato, Marco Patruno, Marco Fanizzi (students, Italy), Viera Zuborova (Bratislava Policy Institute, Slovakia), Wojciech Przybylski (Visegrad Insight, Poland)
Participants in the library of the Giuseppe di Vagno Foundation
End of workshop No. 1

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