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Citizen Participation Week (23-29 September 2013)

Citizen Participation Week will highlight issues that are about people and their communities. Local and small regional issues, problems and alternatives will be put on the agenda, while the notions of participation and democracy, and the opportunities for active citizenship, involvement and local action will be also discussed.

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1386580031567567

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Activities of Citizen Participation Week:

During the Citizens Participation Week, local communities and civil organisations come together with social improvement and other initiatives in order to express their views on a community and a world which is ruled not only by money and power. They highlight the importance of dialogue and collaboration and try to create publicity for those civil initiatives which play a key role in the development of local societies.

Concrete activities are decided by the national organizing committees and the organizations joining the campaign. The national committees may submit a call in their own countries in which they invite the citizens, organizations and institutions of that member country to join the events. The programme will be developed together with the participating organizations, and shall be introduced in September 2013.

In the previous years, over 200 civil organisations joined the programme and gained the commitment to the cause from a number of public figures and leading politicians; the series of events received high-profile coverage in the local and international media.

The Citizens Participation Week is the first event to have NGOs from 18(+) different countries standing up collectively for a cause that was forbidden to be talked about in most of these countries for decades.
 

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Co-ordinated, awareness-raising events and surveys, involving local, national and international publicity:
 

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At least 18(+) countries – simultaneously!

At its Belgrade conference 12-15 May 2005, the CITIZENS NETWORK of Central and Eastern Europe passed a resolution organising a series of awareness-raising events, to be called Citizens Participation Week, taking place simultaneously in all its 18 member countries every September each year. Increasingly, groups from Western Europe are also joining in the activities during this week.
 

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The series of events is the joint and declared statement of the Central Eastern European Citizens Network to promote the problematic issue of participation and to gain a higher profile for it in the European media, in politics and in civil society.

It consists of a series of events that call attention, in a clear and unmistakable way, to the broader social environment and to the importance of participative democracy. The events are meant to raise awareness, putting the promotion of public welfare, local community and citizens’ action in the limelight, while also proving that all this can really be put into practice. The programme of Citizen Participation Week includes local, regional and nationwide activities, volunteer and civic meetings, media events, public gatherings, school actions, festivals, exhibitions etc.

CPW 2012 Share CPW 2013 materials and posters!
http://www.scribd.com/doc/165080887/CPW-Press-Material-2013
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More information:
Citizens Participation Week landing page http://www.ceecn.net/citizen-participation-week
CPW Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF1MhnuqcB0
CPW 2012 http://www.ceecn.net/citizen-participation-week/cpw-2012

Who is the Network?
The CEE Citizens Network is a social development initiative involving 20 countries. The mission of the Network is to promote citizen participation in CEE and provide opportunities for grassroots initiatives to learn and exchange experiences and ideas. Its main objectives are to:
- Increase awareness of the general public throughout CEE on the potential and impact of citizen initiatives.
- Increase skills and capacities of citizens to more effectively participate in local, national and European level.
- Promote citizen participation throughout the CEE region.