About Us

For Citizens - European Institute for Active Citizenship is an institution independent of governments, political parties, philosophical and religious conceptions, with the objective of promoting civic and democratic participation. For Citizens is especially dedicated to the European Union and the European citizenship, based on Human Rights values, and participative democracy.

Throughout cooperation with other institutions, we are implementing projects oriented to every citizen, to encourage their interest, engagement and participation in European society.

We develop scientific surveys and researches on civic, political and social movements with the aim to objectively analyse, produce and disseminate knowledge and information. Our objective is to foster social and political transformations that allow a more democratic participation of the European citizens.

Our main work areas are political sciences, foreign affairs, active citizenship and participation in general. We intend to integrate a multidisciplinary view in our analyses in order to better comprehend the world we live in and to reach a broader audience.

Through audio-visual and other media supports, we disseminate investigation, surveys, information, as well as scientific researches.

Learn from the past, build a better future.

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For Citizens Talks – Me and the EU

This initiative seeks to bring the citizens closer to the civic society and public sphere of thought, debate and action. For Citizens wants to foster dialogue between different stakeholders, understand their points of view and take advantage of any possible consensus or common ground to promote further cooperation. By creating a safe space for critical thinking and dialogue will help European citizens to use the available information and come up with suggestions and alternatives. We believe that this is a crucial strategy in order to ensure a sustainable, fair and free future for our European society.

The European project has suffered many threats in the past months/years, but it managed to outlive them – even if not so comfortably. In order to prevent similar trends, For Citizens is hosting meetings with different communities to understand their perspective and opinion in regard to the European Union and its role.

By giving voice to the common citizen, we intend to understand the relationship between them and the EU and how we can improve it. Moreover, this interaction brings small scale social actors together, which will foster social inclusion and cohesion in the long-term as well.
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For Citizens Talks – Civic Participation

This initiative seeks to bring the citizens closer to the civic society and public sphere of thought, debate and action. For Citizens wants to foster dialogue between different stakeholders, understand their points of view and take advantage of any possible consensus or common ground to promote further cooperation. By creating a safe space for critical thinking and dialogue will help European citizens to use the available information and come up with suggestions and alternatives. We believe that this is a crucial strategy in order to ensure a sustainable, fair and free future for our European society.

Democracy is a system of government based on popular sovereignty, which means the power of any political actor is legitimized by civic support. Unfortunately, many societies demonstrate a progressive deflation of participation and involvement in this domain – which undermines democracy, its values and even the outputs. Considering this trend, we are looking individually at local communities and organising events that enable a flowing, harmonious dialogue between different actors to understand what are the motives for it, what can be done and by whom.

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Citizens Centre
Considering that nowadays the relationship between political institutions and the common citizen is more dubious and ever more relying on digital platforms, For Citizens is creating a proper space to provide the society with the means to reach their representatives. This is our response to the increasing gap between the policy output and the citizens’ claims. Instead of acting in name of the society, For Citizens focuses on providing the instruments for action. Taking into account that being informed and up-to-date is the core to citizenship, this place is projected to grant access to scientific production, papers and books. In addition to it, since the older generations (and not only) are more prone to this technological gap, we will host workshops, training sessions and offer constant support to ease their online experience.
Our President's Message
Europe has been facing new challenges in the past years, such as the refugee and economic crisis, which contributed to the rising Euroscepticism and anti-migrant political alternatives. These tensions resulted in Great Britain’s exit from the EU and fed right-wing political parties like French National Front, Alternative für Deutschland, Italy’s Northern League and the Freedom Party in the Netherlands.

To tackle the rise of anti-migrant, anti-European and anti-democratic movements it is important to raise awareness about the intrinsic values of the European Union and the importance of the civic and democratic participation by European citizens for the future of the project and, therefore, of peace, welfare and tolerance as well. The aim of this project is to foster active citizenship and a democratic Europe based on Human Rights.

Our Institute will host diverse initiatives, including positive debates about the future of EU, which will allow the citizens to think about what kind of Europe they want. By exploring its history, achievements and possible future, we intend to bring the debate to the public sphere, to schools, to clubs.

The future of Europe will depend on all of us. Get involved! Make the future!

Ana Catarina Caldeira

Contact

  info@forcitizens.eu