The project idea is to create the European Meeting House, which will become a new social and cultural center of international cooperation of the European Communities that have common historical past. The activity of European Meeting House is particularly important for multiethnic and borderline Hlyboka district which in different historical periods was a part of Romania and Austria-Hungary, borders on Romania and supports partner relations with Moldova, Poland and Hungary.
Hlyboka town, Chernivtsi region, Ukraine
In our polyethnic and multicultural district (Ukrainians, Romanians, Moldovans, Poles) there exists a need to address the social and cultural issues, for creating the favorable conditions for full development of national minorities. The entry of Ukraine into the European community is impossible without solving local ethnic issues in accordance with EU standards, such issue is the absence of a center for uniting representatives of European ethnic groups and strengthening cross-border cooperation.
The main project objectives are:
- Preservation of authentic traditions and cultures of nations living in the district, restoring their national identity;
- Promotion of ideas of European identity in the borderline Hlyboka district;
- Ensuring efficient receptions of foreign delegations in the framework of cross-border cooperation in the district;
- Increasing the level of tolerance of district's population.
Our NGO and Hlyboka District Council will be partners in project realization. European Meeting House will be created in a room (needs reconstruction) provided by the government. Two interethnic, cultural festivals, 4 seminars for pupils of district schools and interested community will be held. Exchanges of foreign delegations of NGOs, SMEs, cultural institutions, local authorities of our district and European countries will be organized for attracting foreign investments. Activities will be covered in local media, on a dedicated website and in brochures to involve the community in demonstration of the project results. The project includes writing and publication of a manual of the whole history of Bukovina, not limited by boundaries, also of its territory which is now part of Romania.
The project target group is the polulation of Hlyboka District, namely 74 thousand people. Direct beneficiaries are national minorities residing on the territory of Hlyboka District, that is over 35 thousand people.
One of the results of project implementation will be the creation of the European Meeting House that is innovative for Hlyboka district. Our idea is unique, because European Meeting House will unite nationalities, that have common history, as Bukovina and our district in particular once was part of Romania and Austria-Hungary. Innovative factor is also a partnership of NGO and local authority that will implement a project idea.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
1. Salaries for the project working group (director, accountant and manager) – 9900 2. Activities - 2 festivals – 3500 - 4 seminars – 800 3. 4 trips for exchanging foreign delegations – 4000 4. Promotion in media and brochures – 1000 5. Manual of Bukovina history – 5000 6. Office expenses – 1000 7. Web-site creation – 1000 8. Room rent and reconstruction – 5200