Nyt Europa (New Europe) is the lead organisation in this project. Nyt Europa is a Danish organization founded in 1998 with the overall objective to promote civic engagement on a Danish and European level. We work for a more sustainable, progressive and democratic Europe and believe that the European institutions play a pivotal role in solving the challenges we face in Europe today.
Nyt Europa creates public activities - debates, talks, workshops, exhibitions, educational programs, conferences etc. - in order to initiate and strengthen public participation and knowledge. The participants are a diverse group of people of different backgrounds and ages who wish to discuss and engage in transnational issues. However, we particularly focus on reaching out to citizens who do not necessarily engage in European political issues. Therefore, we aim for the events as well as the communication to be creative, innovative and inclusive, and we host the events in different cities and on a variety of platforms.
Democracy International (DI) is a global coalition for direct democracy and supports democracy activists in building campaigns and organizations. DI shares knowledge and legal expertise on direct democracy campaigns for greater democracy at the local, state, national and transnational level. Democracy International's goal is to give citizens a more direct say in political decision-making.
DI wants people to have the final political power. In this view, DI aims to strengthen direct democracy and citizens’ participation on the local, national and transnational level across the globe. Democracy International stands for a globalisation of democracy and a democratisation of the transnational decision-making processes. These experiences are crucial for this project, and therefore the cross-border discussion on issues related to the Future of Europe can be stimulated through the experience of local debates.
EUROPEAN CIVIC FORUM
The European Civic Forum gathers more than one hundred NGOs and associations in 27 European countries, daily committed to the general interest in various areas. ECF objectives are to build a genuine European civil dialogue, which is a prerequisite for a civic and popular ownership of European matters and which must be well anchored in institutions’ working methods. As associations and NGOs play a crucial role in civic ownership, ECF is committed to the emergence of a genuine European civil dialogue, which is a prerequisite for a popular ownership of European subjects. ECF acts with three main key goals: 1 Enhance civic participation: Reinforce citizens’ engagement for an egalitarian Europe of solidarity and democracy by ensuring access for all. 2 Develop Civic Space: Help in structuring associative movement in its European perspective and 3 Build civil dialogue: work towards the full recognition of the voice of organised civil society by the institutions.
PORTUGUESE PLATFORM FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS
PpDM is an umbrella organisation of 27 women’s rights NGOs and associations promoting equality between women and men. It was created in 2004 with the objective to foster cooperation for collective reflection and action in the promotion of women’s human rights and gender equality through research, lobbying, dissemination of information, advocacy and training. PpDM contributes to the empowerment and mobilisation of Portuguese Women’s Rights NGOs and to the reinforcement of its networking and cooperation relations with European, Mediterranean, Portuguese Speaking Countries, and International NGOs working in this field. It also aims to contribute to the implementation of gender mainstreaming in society. The uniqueness of PpDM knowledge about women's participation and representation in politics will contribute to the understanding of unequal political participation in Europe.
Netwerk Democratie (ND) works as a platform for democratic innovation where development of a broader participatory democracy in the Netherlands is at the core. ND focuses on using technology to enable citizens to actively contribute to the quality of the democratic discussion. ND has initiated and worked with many projects and platforms in the past years to inform citizens, involve them and ensure, that they are better equipped for democratic participation on a local, national and EU level. Examples: Transparant Nederland, Apps voor Democratie, EUcrowd, and E-dem. Furthermore, ND operates in a network of Dutch and European partners where knowledge and practices on citizen participation are shared between all partners. ND also organizes interactive conversations with citizens on European and local topics. ND actively works to inform citizens about European issues and focuses on organizing interactive and informal conversations with a diverse groups of citizens through Europe-Direct.
Euroregion Baltic (ERB) was established in February 1998 and is a politically solid and well-anchored cooperation in the south-east of the Baltic Sea region, consisting of the eight regions of Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. Since its early days, ERB has been pursuing the goals of improving life conditions for its inhabitants, promoting bonds and contacts among local communities and providing measures for a more sustainable development within the region. ERB constitutes the operational network of substantial and effective links across the borders, facilitating the promotion of political dialogue and reform as well as sustainable, economic, social and environmental development, thus strengthening local democracy and fostering people-to-people contacts between civil societies. The co-operation actively involve both local and regional authorities, private and public sectors and NGOs.