Europe’s ongoing economic slump has engendered a crisis of confidence in the European project and called into question the costs and benefits of further European integration. The democratic deficit of the European Union is becoming more and more visible and contributes to the backlash in support for the EU. It has also become an unavoidably evident that the economic crisis is dividing Europe and may ultimately lead to the break up of the EU.
Against this background, this year's NECE Conference will address the challenges for citizenship educators across Europe. With an eye to the elections of the European Parliament in May 2014, NECE 2013 will explore the topics of participation and democratisation and focus on the EU's democratic deficit for discussing possible consequences and the role for citizenship education. The conference in The Hague will offer opportunities for a critical debate on four levels:
- Scenarios and outlines for the future of the EU
- European civil society and the 'democratic deficit' of the European Union
- Role of citizenship education in the European crisis
- Practical approaches and projects of citizenship education
Opportunities to actively take part will be provided in numerous workshops, a world café, and an open forum. In addition, there will be a project market for European models and examples of good practice in citizenship education. At the end of the conference, participants are invited to draw up a public ‘Conference Paper’ with recommendations on the topic of democratisation and participation in the EU.
Frans Timmermans, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, the well-known Dutch publicist Paul Scheffer, professor of European Studies at Tilburg University and Lorenzo Marsili, Executive Eirector of European Alternatives have already confirmed their participation.
The conference is free to attend and registration