The project’s aim is to raise the awareness, involvement and participation of the greater European civil society in the debates and reflections taking place in the wider sphere of the European integration process. Our objective is to encourage and support the debate on issues of great importance for the future of Europe. Such issues include the areas of policy governance of the European Convention (European Governance, European Citizenship, European Social model, etc), as well as the Enlargement process. The project appears to be opportune and well timed on the occasion of:
- The Greek Presidency: January - June 2003
- The Convention: March 2002 - March 2003
- The IGC (Intergovernmental Conference) 2004
Our objective is to be achieved by supporting dialogue, through different means, between the European Union and its citizens with a view to encourage the emergence of an active and participatory European civil society in the European policy-making and integration process. More specifically:
O We invite articles, from academics, scholars, bureaucrats, politicians, on the enlargement process and on the subjects arising from the Debate for the Future of Europe/European Convention. These articles will feature in respective special issues of the “Evropaiki Ekfrassi” quarterly edition, a high quality scientific and political review that is disseminated to academic communities, scholars, state/political institutions, politicians, bureaucrats, NGOs and to individuals who are involved or interested in European affairs. The Evropaiki Ekfrassi quarterly edition is the outcome of years of cooperation with a number of academics, researchers and other correspondents from all over Europe and it is often used as a reference guide for research undertaken in the context of EU affairs.
The rationale of the journal is to provide an independent forum for discussion and analysis while adopting an academic and practical policy-oriented approach. The “Journal” seeks to present and evaluate new analytical paradigms for the future of Europe and attempts to break away from traditional, ethnocentric approaches by developing new ideas and a deeper and more fruitful understanding of the issues being dealt by the European Convention, but also of the issues related to the Enlargement process.
O The two journals that will be published will be distributed to our partner countries, France and Ireland, and in all English and French speaking EU member states.
O Through our transnational networks, cooperation with local and regional organisations/authorities and through the promotion and dissemination of our project, the articles of the quarterly journal, will achieve our objective of fuelling an ongoing debate between the various actors of civil society; contribute to networking of the organisations in the context of the European family of nations.
O The articles will be equally balanced among the partner-countries, will be written in English and French and will consist of views, proposals and critiques, provided in a clear and coherent manner, in an attempt to approach a wider European public and the non-specialist reader among the European citizens.
O All the articles will appear in the Evropaiki Ekfrasi web page, along with useful links to the EU official web page, to the partners’ sites, as well as other NGOs, thus creating the appropriate electronic environment where users will have the opportunity to track down useful relevant information.
O The project will be promoted by the Media in Greece, France and Ireland, in order to reach the wider audience of the European people. This will be done through a press conference that will be held in all partner-countries in order to present the product of the project, the two journal editions, and engage local NGOs and regional organisations/authorities to further disseminate the information provided.
Needless to say that the dissemination of the results is part of the core policy of the project. The dissemination process in other EU member states will be organised, through networks of cooperation with other NGOs. The publication of all partner articles will be sent, to the relevant governmental institutions of the countries involved in the project, as well as to international and other interested parties such as European oriented NGOs, think tanks, political parties, etc. Recipients will be requested to send their feedback to the “Evropaiki Ekfrasi”.