We are the bridge: Learning to live together.


Who is behind this?

Luiza Hoxhaj

Qendra e Studimit te Politikave Europiane per Zhvillimin rajonal dhe Lokal (Center for European Policy Studies on Regional and Local Development



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Build the "Bridge to European integration",based on existing bridges:between Albanian emigration originating from Vlora in the Ruhr region with the country of origin,among Albanian immigrants and host families or their employers in the German Ruhr region, through development of project activities.

Where will your idea take place?

Vlora, Duisburg, Berat

Why does Europe need your idea?

The project will gather the views of citizens in both regions in several key challenges
challenges to our future European and consolidate a method for stimulating active interaction and discussion between citizens in certain areas of EU policies that affect their daily lives. Moreover, it has established mechanisms that enable European citizens to develop civic competences, to formulate their views and opinions on the European integration process in the form of recommendations for policy makers at European level and to encourage dialogue between citizens and European institutions.Our idea cohezionit serves European and integrating an area once problematic, such as the Western Balkans.It also serves intercultural dialogue, typical for the EU, as well as strengthening our European identity.

What is your impact?

The project aims to:• giving citizens the opportunity to interact and participate in building a Europe closer to its citizens, more democratic, united and enriched through its cultural diversity, developing citizenship of the European Union;• developing a sense of European identity, based on common values, history and culture;• fostering a sense of ownership of the European Union among its citizens;• increase mutual understanding between European citizens, respecting and promoting cultural and linguistic diversity, while contributing to intercultural dialogue. -He wants to give citizens the opportunity to interact and participate in building an ever closer Europe, making people from different countries meet to debate the future in Europe, focusing on how to gaps between Europe and citizens

How do you get there?

We think that to develop a project, which will prepare a twinning partnership between the city of Vlora and Duinsburg city in the future.
Action project was structured in different steps, with an impact on both local regions and European level.
Transnational activities are of particular importance for civic meetings. They represent an incentive to participate in local activities and an opportunity to exchange views and opinions with other citizens panels from other countries.We will use as access to cultural activities, meetings and conversations, exchanges of experiences institutional, promotional tools, workshops, study tours.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 101760,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

I would like to receive advice from the staff of the Advocate Europe, in relation to partnerships in the Ruhr region, advice and recommendations for artists and other speakers, think-tanker from the Ruhr area. Contacts with the municipality of Diusburgut.


CRLDS Albania

Idea created on April 14, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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