CIDOB - Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
How have social movements articulated their demands across Europe during the crisis? How are these movements building a shared political agenda aimed at changing Europe? The project will build on the experiences of local social movements and foster the building up of a shared European agenda.
Selected European countries
Developments in national politics are changing dramatically. New political actors, often departing from social activism, are present today in most national parliaments and governments. Although the methods of political participation have been transformed at the national level, they have not yet affected European policy-making. The translation of national dynamics into the European level is only a matter of time. The project will mobilise local social movements in order to build a joint European narrative, taking the lead in a cooperative agenda between social movements, public opinion and policy-making at the European level. Sharing joint experiences of local social movements will also facilitate the identification of pan-European trends in overcoming the effects of the crisis.
The aim of the project is to build a pan-European narrative of the impact of social movements in overcoming the crisis and the generation of joint European policy ideas. The project departs from the presentation of local initiatives to overcome the effects of the crisis in four key areas affecting the living standards of European citizens: fight against corruption and tax evasion, housing and social services, youth mobility and labour market and refugees and immigrant communities. Powerful social movements have been fighting for these concerns in all countries under scrutiny. The project would achieve its objective if the leaders of each local movement jointly devise a European agenda gathering their concerns and reaching European decision-makers and the public opinion.
- Identification of leading voices in social movements across the countries selected and the topics identified
- Identification of relevant civil society organisations in the countries selected to host the dialogue meetings
- Pan-European dialogue meetings on sectoral issues in 5 different European capitals
- Build-up of a pan-European policy agenda on the best practices in the fight against the effects of the crisis
- Broader impact to European civil society and public opinion by means of an active use of social media and internet platforms
Funding requested from Advocate Europe