“Joint Citizen Action for a Stronger, Citizen-Friendly Union” (JoiEU) was a multi-national initiative led by ProInfo in 2013-2015. The project coordinated citizen debate and action in eleven EU member states and two candidate countries on a set of issues focused on increased and better informed citizen participation in the democratic life of the EU and aims at strengthening the citizen base of deeper European integration. The project is funded by the European Union through the Europe for Citizens Programme.
JoiEU comprised of a series of transnational debates mobilizing citizen participation and the use of innovative communications and advocacy strategies and tools culminating in joint policy initiatives for greater citizen participation in the decision-making process in the EU.
JoiEU became one of only three citizen projects specifically mentioned as positive examples of citizen action in the Report on the 2014 European Parliament elections, a Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions
The Report on European Parliament Elections says:
“Civil society organisations were actively involved in efforts to mobilise voters, e.g. they informed citizens about the importance and benefit of participating in the European elections they made e-tools available to help voters select a candidate matching their preferences or worked towards more inclusive policies to ensure access for persons with disabilities…Examples of NGO projects funded by the Programme Europe for Citizens Enabling EU citizens to reflect on, discuss, exchange on European issues, including with candidates, and make an informed choice in the elections:
JoiEU: Joint Citizen Action for a Stronger, Citizen-friendly Union (European Citizen Action service – ECAS)”.
Honestly, being noticed at this level is a bit of a surprise, but also a great honor and a challenge. I want to thank all our partners for making JoiEU a success. We’ve raised the bar, next time we have to be even better!
Petko Georgiev, Chairman of ProInfo, the leading organization of JoiEU
JoiEU project activities ended in January 2015 and were closely followed up by the next pro Info-led project, U-Impact.
For more om JoiEU look at its website.
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