Meet the Citizen 2.0 is a 5-country communication project initiated and implemented by European House Budapest. The project aims to inform local citizens about the nature and achievements of EU cohesion policy in their region and builds on the results of the ‘Meet the Citizen: My way through the Europe Labyrinth’ project implemented in 2019.
All five project countries and the selected cities and their surroundings, Kecskemet in Hungary, Kosice in Slovakia, Osijek in Croatia, Olomouc in the Czech Republic and Timisoara in Romania are massive beneficiaries of EU cohesion policy.
The main project elements were:
- meeting local citizens at a railway station and on a train or other public places;
- youth meetings (agora) in the 5 regions;
- a photo competition for young people on local achievements of cohesion policy using the eu4myregion app;
- participation at the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 and at the EU Macro Regional Strategies Week 2021
- ’Meet the contributors!’ – study visit to Berlin and Stockholm;
- project result presentation to the EU institutions in Brussels.
These activities increase citizens’ understanding of EU cohesion policy and how it influences their daily life using concrete examples, The whole programme was based on active and creative youth involvement. The project also aimed to contribute to the debate on Europe initiated by the Conference on the future of Europe.
This publication gives you an overview of the project events and our conclusions.