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Learning for Local Democracy 

A Study of Local Citizen Participation in Europe 

Executive Summary 

“Learning for Local Democracy” presents the first results of a long-term study of citizen engagement in public affairs and decision-making at the local level in Europe. Undertaken jointly by the Central and Eastern European Citizens Network (CEECN) and the Combined European Bureau for Social Development (CEBSD), this study aims to provide a systematic picture of the wealth of local participation initiatives that have emerged across Europe over the last years, to map concrete experiences from a broad range of localities and in response to a wide spectrum of social challenges, and to compile a practical resource that can inform the further development of local democracy in Europe. 

In a first stage, whose results are presented in this publication, eight countries were selected that reflect a broad variety of historical, cultural and social contexts: Croatia, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. These perspectives from individual European countries have been authored by seasoned activists and experts of citizen participation, and they convey an action-oriented, rather than academic, view from the local grass-roots of European democracies. Brief country backgrounds are followed by case studies that portray concrete forms of civic engagement on the local level, and that discuss in detail the specific problems, approaches taken, obstacles encountered, and outcomes achieved. These country cases give a first glimpse at a fascinating variety of citizen participation, civil society work and new forms of democracy that has emerged at the local level across Europe. 

The study will be further enriched and expanded during a second phase. Several countries, including Austria, Estonia, Georgia, Serbia und Ukraine, will be added to draw an even richer and more representative picture of citizen participation and local democracy on the European continent. In addition to practitioner perspectives, a set of crosscutting analytical chapters will be provided by scholars and will focus on historical, conceptual, institutional and social factors that condition civic engagement and democracy on the local level. The result will be a topical resource serving both those actively engaged in building democracy in their communities and countries, and those observing and analysing European democracy from academic angles. It is hoped that this will contribute to bridging the divide between practice and theory that often persists on questions of democracy, civil society and participation.

 

[pdf] 01_cover_contents_introduction.pdf 657.3 KB
[pdf] 02_Croatia.pdf 718.3 KB
[pdf] 03_Hungary.pdf 769.9 KB
[pdf] 04_Norway.pdf 774.8 KB
[pdf] 05_Poland.pdf 648.1 KB
[pdf] 06_Romania.pdf 710.0 KB
[pdf] 07_Slovakia.pdf 747.3 KB
[pdf] 08_Spain.pdf 772.8 KB
[pdf] 09_UK.pdf 579.3 KB
[pdf] 10_conclusions_and_additional_info.pdf 813.0 KB
[pdf] complete study.pdf 2.2 MB
 
"Do you e-participate?" (CEE CN electronic participation questionnaire)

Dear CEE CN members,

you are kindly invited to take part in CEE CN electronic participation questionnaire 2011 "Do you e-participate?" available on-line http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/do-you-e-participate-ceecn.

The purpose of questionnaire is to identify the current situation in electronic participation within Central and Eastern Europe and among members of CEE CN in particular.

The results of the questionnaire are going to be used for updating CEE CN network e-democracy action plan for the period of 2012-2013, planning activities to meet e-participation needs and suggestions from network members and for creating future project partnerships to compete for international and national funding in the area of e-democracy.

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LEGISLATÍVE FELLOWS PROGRAM

GREAT LAKES CONSORTIUM FORINTERNATIONAL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
in collaboration with Creating Effective Grassroots Alternatives Foundation (C.E.G.A) in Bulgaria,
Civil College Foundation (CCF) in Hungary, The Resource Center for Public Participation (CeRe)
in Romania, and Center for Community Organizing (CKO) in Slovakia
announce an

Open Competition for Participation in:
"CITIZEN LEGISLATÍVE ADVOCACY IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES"
An exchange program for Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and United States of America

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A MEMBER OF THE CEE CN WON THE "BLACK SEA NGO AWARD FOR EXCELLENCY IN PROMOTING REGIONAL COOPERATION IN THE BLACK SEA REGION"
Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation (ACGRC) and itspartner from Turkey ARI Movement won the: "Black Sea NGO Award forExcellency in promoting regional cooperation in the Black Sea region". TheBlack Sea NGO Award is addressed to NGOs registered in the Black Sea widerregion: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Republic ofMoldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine. The aim of theaward is to enhance the profile of the Black Sea Synergy and its role inproposing a regional, cooperative approach in the region as well as themultilateral dimension of EU external policies. The initiators of the awardare the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, the Black SeaTrust for Regional Cooperation and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The awarding ceremony will take place during the Black Sea NGO Forum inBucharest (Romania) from 6-8 October 2011.
 
Citizen Participation Week 2011

Citizen Participation Week 2011 19-25 September 2011

At its Belgrade conference of May 2005, the CITIZENS NETWORK of Central-Eastern Europe passed a resolution to organize a series of events under the name Citizen Participation Week. These events are held annually in September and take place across Europe.

Citizen Participation Week accentuates the issues faced by people and their local communities. The project’s main aims are to inform the general public about the importance of civil participation and to create publicity for community issues on local, national, and international level.

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