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European Commission – Education, Audiovisual and Communication Executive Agency (EACEA)

Europe for Citizens
Strand 2: Democratic engagement and civic participation
Measure 2.2: Network of Towns

Mihaela Onofras – Project Manager EU Area
Mobile: +32 (0)483 684 773
Address: ALDA, Rue Belliard 20, int. 6, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium

Time span: 
1st September 2016 –  31st August 2018

Short description:
In today’s Europe we are reaching alarming levels of urban fragmentation, inequality and structural socio-spatial divisions within our cities, feeding extremism and radicalisation. The most vulnerable people are often bound to concentrate in disadvantaged areas where social exclusion and deprivation usually overlap with multi-ethnicity, which further challenges social cohesion. Increasingly marginalized and stigmatised, these areas and their inhabitants are pushed into a vicious circle of poverty.
In this context, and through a bottom-up approach to raise local awareness on the urgent need to establish new connections among inhabitants of marginalized neighbourhoods and those of central areas, URGENT aims at tackling the growing fear of immigration, which feeds Eurosceptic attitudes.

The main objectives of this project are:

  • to create spaces of discussion and mutual learning among citizens from different socio-cultural backgrounds and from different countries of Europe;
  • to foster active citizenship and co-creation of policies and services in local societies, particularly for citizens who are often excluded from the decision-making processes;
  • to enhance the capacity of local institutions to be “multipliers” in their own communities in order to engage a wide range of stakeholders;
  • to provide a new impetus to the EU enlargement process, contributing to the establishment of a long-lasting thematic network of cities that are strongly active and committed as key players in Europe.

This project is implemented with the support of the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.

Lead partner:
ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy – France

Other partners:
SSIIM Unesco Chair, Iuav University of Venice – Italy
Local Democracy Agency Mostar – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Association of Albanian Municipalities – Albania
SPES – Associazione Promozione e Solidarietà – Italy
SOS Malta – Solidarity Overseas Service – Malta
Fundación Privada Indera – Spain
Municipality of Kumanovo – Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation Amphictyony – Greece
Kallipolis – Italy
Rede DLBC Lisboa – Portugal
City of Strasbourg – France
Municipality of Novo Mesto – Slovenia