This is not the usual European conference: there will be real content and more time for cross fertilisation of ideas among over 120 participants: civil society representatives, academics and policy makers from the EU Institutions. EU citizenship like any other can be writ large if its scattered components of rights, involvement and trust are brought together and made more visible. They stand or fall together. Our guidelines illustrate this approach.
The summer university will be devoted to each of these three aspects of any true citizenship starting in the morning of 6 September with partner meetings, providing you with a wide choice of events to attend. This will be followed on each day by debate with panels from civil society, academia and the EU Institutions. On the evening of the second day there will be a public debate with over 200 participants and leading European politicians on putting European citizenship on the map for the European elections.
At the end of the Summer University, participants will meet in round tables to thrash out a road map of ideas and actions for European citizenship writ large with the immediate deadline being the May 2019 elections to the European Parliament. This third edition of the Summer University is more ambitious, as the title suggests, reflecting the report of last year’s event which can be found here and which is rich in contents and proposals. ECIT and its partner organisations are setting out to achieve a ground-breaking event in the run-up to the next European elections in May 2019.