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Poland and the European Union in 2035 – a scenario-workshop

A Scenario-Workshop held at the European Academy Berlin, September 29-30, 2017 in Berlin

Poland and the European Union in 2035The European Academy Berlin (EAB) in cooperation with the Institute of East-Central Europe (Lublin, Poland) cordially invites you to participate in the upcoming scenario-workshop onPoland and the European Union in 2035”. The workshop is part of the project “European Future Summits 2017 – social cohesion and transnational security”, which is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

The current workshop is designed for academics and experts as well as actors from the organized civil society who are deeply invested in research, policy making, or civic engagement regarding politics, economy and society in Poland and/or the politics and economy of the European Union.

The workshop’s objective is to elaborate Poland’s position in the European Union, the country’s future challenges and its options, as well as to draw conclusions from this debate regarding the future of European integration.

This indeed complex field of inquiry will be rendered manageable in the course of the workshop by jointly elaborating three future scenarios on the future of Poland and the European Union. The ‘Alternate Futures’ approach (according to Michael Oppenheimer) thereby serves as our general methodological guideline.

The results of our debate will culminate in a scenario report that will be presented to the public in November/December 2017. The workshop will be moderated by Dr. Samuel F. Müller (Programme Director at the EAB).

If you are interested in participating, we look forward to receiving a brief statement of interest, including your name and your professional affiliation. For registration, further information on the workshop as well as information on the entire project, please do not hesitate to contact Roksana Cywinska (, +49 30 895951-25). Please kindly consider that places in the workshop are limited.

Further information on the workshop can be found here:

Further information on the entire project can be found here:

Teaching Europe to enhance EU cohesion

Teaching Europe to enhance EU cohesionAs part of EUROCLIO’s project Teaching “Europe” to enhance EU cohesion, the project members have been contributing to a comparative research report that encompasses analysis of two history textbooks of each of the 28 EU member states, and specifically looks into fundamental commonalities and differences in European teaching about the European Union at the final years of compulsory education.

The condensed research presented in this research report and its preliminary conclusions aim to contribute to raising awareness on the importance of history education for young people and societies of the European Union as a whole, hence laying the foundation for establishing a roadmap for the institutional action to be taken in this field.

Report: Teaching Europe to enhance EU cohesion

Apply for the 2017 EESC Civil Society Prize

EESC Civil Society Prize 2017The EESC has launched its 2017 Civil Society Prize. This year, the EESC will reward innovative projects to promote quality employment and entrepreneurship for the future of work undertaken by civil society, focusing on young people, migrants and other people who have difficulty accessing the labour market.

A total of EUR 50.000 will be awarded to a maximum of five winners. The deadline for applications is 8 September 2017 while the award ceremony will take place on 7 December 2017 in Brussels.

The prize will be granted to initiatives already implemented or still ongoing which favour non-discrimination as regards labour market integration. Initiatives must target newcomers such as young people, people with a migrant background or requiring specific support such as the long-term unemployed, women detached from the labour market, people with disabilities or living in poverty.

The Civil Society Prize, now in its ninth year, was launched by the EESC to reward and encourage tangible initiatives and achievements by civil society organisations and/or individuals that have made a significant contribution to promoting the common values that shore up European cohesion and integration.

More information and application form

Legislativity – Das Spiel zur EU-Gesetzgebung

LegislativityBrüssel ist der Ort, an dem die wichtigsten Entscheidungen der Europäischen Union (EU) getroffen werden. Hier werden Gesetze gemacht, die für alle Mitgliedstaaten verbindlich gelten.
Brüssel ist daher nicht nur bekannt für Pommes frites, Comics oder das Atomium: Es ist das Machtzentrum Europas.

Im Spiel „LEGISLATIVITY“ wetteifern unterschiedliche Vorstellungen und Interessen darum, EU-Gesetz zu werden und die dafür notwendigen Mehrheiten in Kommission, Ministerrat und Europäischem Parlament zu erhalten.
Auf dem langen Weg zur Gesetzesreife lauern Unwägbarkeiten aller Art für das Gesetz: Lobbyisten und Lobbyistinnen nehmen Einfluss, Mehrheiten können sich ändern, Zufälle und plötzliche Ereignisse entfalten ihre Wirkungen.

„LEGISLATIVITY“ ist ein Würfel- und Strategiespiel für

  • 2 bis 8 Spieler ab 14 Jahren,
  • zuhause mit Freunden, in der Familie oder den (außer)schulischen Unterricht,
  • Schulklassen oder noch größere Gruppen (zum Parallelspielen an mehreren Spielbrettern),
  • Spielefreaks (mit „Profi“-Variante),
  • für Personen mit oder ohne Vorkenntnisse

Die Spieldauer kann selbst bestimmt werden (empfohlen: 45 – 60 Minuten)

Das Spiel wurde vom Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg in der Seminarpraxis intensiv getestet. Die Realisierung wurde mit finanzieller Unterstützung durch den Sparkassenverband Baden-Württemberg sowie das Ministerium der Justiz und für Europa ermöglicht.

Weitere Informationen und Bestellung hier:

ERASMUS+ support for our working group “Active citizens in rural areas”

Our working group on Active citizens in rural areas successfully applied for an ERASMUS+ strategic partnership for the project “Rural European Association Development Innovation Team. READ IT – Active citizens in rural areas
The project will run over a period of two years from September 2017 to August 2019.

Active citizens in rural areasThe project aims to help people in rural areas in the participating countries to work for development of rural areas as they are badly affected of the urbanisation. As many people are leaving those areas the ones who stay gets less and less included in the overall growth in society.
Young people leave those areas and most of the inhabitants are middle aged and older people. This development leads to a “bad circle” as the social inclusion between young and old decline all the time.

There is also a lack of social inclusion in terms of less public service, closing of schools and shops etc. With the project we like to enhance people in the rural areas to help themselves to get a better local development, to take initiative to entrepreneurship, local cultural activities and so on to get people to stay in the area instead of moving to big cities.

The inhabitants in the rural areas need even more creativity and civic engagement to keep them socially included and the project will aim to give them new tools for that.

Project partners are: