AwarEU - European Awareness - is a project financed by the pillar "Social inclusion through Education, Training and Youth" of the Erasmus + programme key action 3 - Initiatives for policy innovation. This project brings together associations and organisations from diverse European countries: Italy (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna), Spain (CEU San Pablo, Université de Madrid), Portugal (Nova Law School), the United Kingdom (Aston University; Stirling) and France (Jacques Delors Institute). They all collaborate to elaborate a common work and educational programme which could be shared within and by all European countries.
The AwarEU project is driven by the European Awareness Days, an educational initiative developed and managed by the CesUE which is intended to the largest number of European citizens. More specifically, this long-term project aims at sensitizing students, their teachers and more generally the education sphere to European issues.
The most important tool developed within the project is an artistic production, « Europe: What a Passion! », a lively and innovative recital which tells the story of European integration after the Second World War. It engages spectators in the largely untold legend which is nevertheless an important part of their own history, and whose future depends on our conscious and unconscious decisions. A storyteller connects via voice-over twelve well-known European songs, representing twelve milestones in a long and turbulent love affair. The songs and texts are adapted to the transnational and multilinguistic approach of the artistic project: different versions of the spectacle are targeted at different European audiences. In all versions, the twelve steps are illustrated by videos retracing the principal steps of the European construction through original text and graphics.
Since the beginning of the project, many European Awareness Days have taken place throughout Europe, in Lisbon (14 February 2017), Rome (22 February 2017) Madrid (24 April 2017), Strasbourg (18 May 2017), Stirling (13 and 14 June 2017) and Paris (5 February 2018). These shows gathered approximately 3000 citizens, of which pupils and students aged from 11 to 20 were a significant part, that had also the opportunity to engage with European issues in a debate organised after the recital.
In addition to the tour, the partners are currently developing a Virtual Learning Environment on the EU (VLEU), in five languages, composed of four courses exploiting videoclips of the recital. These lessons provide crucial information and key thoughts on diverse European issues. They allow us to learn more on the origins of the European project, the cultural, political and economic factors that influence the integration process, the political and institutional functioning of the European Union and the existing balance of powers which exists in the current system, etc. The aim is to provide the citizen with materials allowing him or her to develop critical thoughts on the European Union and overcoming the traditional eurosceptics/euroenthusiastics divide.
The VLEU mainly includes video clips, made of short clips in whiteboard animation (with pdf and MP3 to ensure full access to contents to disabled people) and textual and hypertextual further insights. Course materials, like in-depth lessons transcriptions in PDF format or MP3 audio file, are also available to guarantee an access to everyone:
In January 2015, seven leading think tanks and foundations joined forces to form Vision Europe Summit, a consortium created to address some of the most pressing public policy challenges facing Europe. Through research, publications and an annual summit, we aim to be a forum for debate and a source of recommendations to improve policy-making at both a national and EU level and to foster as appropriate European integration.
The Vision Europe project brings together seven convening organizations are, originating from seven different European countries: Bertelsmann Stiftung (Gütersloh), Bruegel (Brussels), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Chatham House (London), Compagnia di San Paolo (Turin), Jacques Delors Institute (Paris), and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra (Helsinki). The aim is to produce a common output containing policy recommendations. The modus operandi is therefore characterized by the common production of research papers and policy briefs as well as the interaction with public stakeholders and civil society.
Members of the think tanks and foundations engage in working groups in order to elaborate policy briefs on different aspects of a chosen annual theme. Innovative policy options for reforms are developed. The policy briefs are presented to and debated with a high-level public on the occasion of the annual Vision Europe Summit. Additional research such as cross-country surveys allow connecting citizens’ attitudes to the policy recommendations expressed by Vision Europe.Since 2015, three Vision Europe Summit have been organised:
The Academy Notre Europe is a popular formation cycle enabling participants to debate on European issues with major actors and experts of the European construction once a month. Sessions are usually organised on Friday and take place in Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Rome.
Introduced by Enrico Letta, President of the Jacques Delors Institute, the Academy "Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute" is a place of debate, exchange of views and knowledge. To sum up, it enables its members to discuss European politics and policies in an engaging manner.
For 20 years, the Jacques Delors Institute has developed an expertise on various aspects of the European Union, building in the meantime a large network composed of European experts, practitioners and policy-makers, all specialists of the European project and integration process. The Academy aspires to reap the benefits from this network by mobilising the latter in a formation cycle enabling companies' employees, journalists, institutions but also individuals of all ages and backgrounds to start developing or deepen their knowledge on European issues.
Such a project is inscribed in the Jacques Delors Institute's DNA insofar it promotes Delors' vows to develop lifelong training and education strategies. The Academy therefore offers an adaptable curriculum, based on exchange of views and knowledge between experts and practioners on the one hand, and informed, engaged or curious citizens on the other hand.
While the European project is experiencing a new momentum, marked by major political changes and upheavals, the Academy has been designed to meet the growing demands for a better understanding of contemporary European politics and policies. As a result, it offers a flexible, adaptative educational track, responsive to European news and events and partly provided by European policy-makers and practitioners. The training include on-site visits as well so that members of the Academy could also visit institutions and meet actors and therefore discovers the EU daily work.
For its pilot year, the Academy follows a dual objective:
- Enhance discussion between opinion-makers and actors of the European construction through a curriculum dedicated to journalists.
- Prepare young people aged 18 to 26 to deal with contemporary European issues with a free training cycle and courses given by high-level speakers.