Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities

Sulina - Eastern outpost of E.U. democracy


Who is behind this?


Asociatia Civicus Romania


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Democracy in Europe is challenged by iliberalism,xenophobia,hate-speech, XXexit.
It is necessary to go back to true historical roots of EU-namely European Commission of Danube back in 1856, forefather of Community of Coal&Steel 1951.
A research is needed to compare threats then & now and menaces to democracy then & now.
Archives digitization, mapping places & images workshops meant to wake up & stop repeating history

Where will your idea take place?

Sulina on the Danube - Romania

Why does Europe need your idea?

Danube shores are affected by non-democratic currents, xenophobia & hate-speech XXexits
Finding EU roots helps parallel present to prevent repeating bad history events
Workshops will present how joint forces fought dangers to democracy & how to avoid threats to democracy now

What is your impact?

Nations along Danube & former founders of ECD will rediscover the first joint effort to face dangers that united people & countries
Places & stories of <160 years ago & former geopolitical situation will be paralleled to the present, with former antidemocratic currents paralleled as well to present

How do you get there?

Media - film showing past dangers vs present ones & warning on history repeating
Desk & field research & digitizing archives on ECD will help recognizing the ECD as forefather of EU in troubled times
Finding places & milestones mapping&media on the first joint European institution.
Running workshops paralleling situations then & now & making people aware about preserving democratic values & the need not to repeat past mistakes
Ignoring history traps you in a loop.

What is your story?

Young generations not knowing history give credit to nationalism and hate currents.
It is our duty to fix injustice made to ECD - not being acknowledged as the first European institution that heralded EU.
ECD HQ were in the most eastern point of Danube, in Sulina - Romania & as far it got since.

Who are you doing it for?

Citizens in countries along Danube and countries that took part in ECD, as well as for all other EU citizens and candidate states, who should know where EU roots came from.
People exposed to & promoting nationalism, hate-speech and such.
As stakeholders, all EU institutions

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

how better express that history&social memory knowledge is the only way to prevent harmful experiences through repeating former mistakes ()WWs, dictatorships, etc? how to emphasize the fact that it was the NEED that led to EU formation for not to encounter hard times and to keep nationalism away.



Eduard Ovi

Idea created on Jan. 16, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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