OPEN CALL

“Connecting Baltic Citizenship”
A joint contact making seminar and training course within the framework of the EU-programme
“Europe for Citizens”

28-30 October 2013 at Europe House, Stockholm, Sweden


Overall aim

"Connecting Baltic Citizenship" seminar aims to create strong networking possibilities between participating organisations as well as provide knowledge about “Europe for Citizens” and other relevant tools. The seminar will have a broad focus on the overall programme with its actions. Read more about EfC:
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/citizenship/index_en.php

Main objectives

- To encourage international and cross-sectorial partnerships and identify resources for future cooperation.
- To offer space for exchanging experiences and good practices.
- To give input on the next generation of “Europe for Citizens” in terms of programme structure, selection procedures and application processes etc.

Target Groups/participants profile

-The seminar is open for representatives of municipalities/local authorities and non-governmental organisations from Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. In total the seminar will gather around 30 participants.
-Participants should have a mandate to enter into a partnership with other organisations and be willing to develop and implement future projects.
-Be able to communicate and work in English.
-Be 18 or older.
-Maximum one participant from each organisation in order to focus more on a variety of organisations rather than several persons from the same organisation.

Costs

-A participation fee of 70€ will be charged all selected participants.
-Participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses. Please contact your national ECP (Europe for Citizens Points), to see if they have the means to perhaps support travel costs for participants.

Included in the participation fee:
-Two hotel nights in Stockholm at Best Western Kom Hotel.
-All meals during the seminar.
Venue and accommodation:
Stockholm city, conference venue is the Europe House. This venue is the home of the representation of the European Commission in Sweden as well as the information office of the European Parliament.

Participants will be accommodated in standard single rooms at the Best Western Kom Hotel. Breakfast and free wi-fi is provided. The hotel is located near Europe House, approx. 5 minutes to walk.

Schedule

Monday 28 October
 
17.00  Arrival of participants at latest
20.00  Informal meet and greet
    o A snack is provided at the hotel. For those who like, the informalities could be continued at a nearby pub.
    o Get to know each other…

Tuesday 29 October
09.00-09.30 Welcome
09.30-10:45 Introduction and presentations;
    o Brief presentation of organizers and participants + introduction of the two meeting days.
    o Get to know each other.
    o The participants expectations of the seminar.
10.45-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-13.00 The general framework;
    o Europe for Citizens programme, what is it all about? A background presentation and current status of the programme is given.
    o The next generation of Europe for Citizens (2014-2020), what will remain and what will change? Special focus on selection criterias.
13.00-14.30 Lunch - Tabboule
14.30-16.00 Workshop - Market space
   o Participants moment of presenting their organisations and sharing previous projects.
16.00-16.30 Coffee break
16.30-17.30 Workshop – Project structure
   o Combining theme and method into a successful Europe for Citizens project
17.30-18.00 The bulletin board
19.00  Dinner at Michelangelo restaurant in the old time

Wednesday 30 October
09.00-10.15 Erasmus + and other resources
   o Youth in Action programme or Erasmus for All, Citizenship for young people. A glance at Youth in Action-Erasmus for All as a tool, how and when to use it? How will the new programme be relevant for us?
10.15-10.30 Coffee break
11.15-13.00 Workshop - The way ahead… 
   o “Dragon’s Den” – Pitch your project idea and sell it to as many interested “buyers” as possible.
12.30 Summary and evaluation
13.00 End of meeting and goodbye!
   o A grab-and-go sandwich is provided

Trainers/facilitators
Eelin Hoffström and Pia Nurmio-Perälä. They are both experienced trainers that facilitated the joint Finnish-Swedish contact making seminar in Turku 2012.

Application

Apply here on this link: Application Form - Connecting Baltic Citizenship
Please be aware that a registered application does not mean that you are automatically selected. All participants will be selected by the national ECPs 14 days after deadline.

Deadline for submitting the application is September 13 2013.

Info packs to selected participants will be sent out a couple of weeks before the seminar. There will be a more detailed program, info about the venue and how to get there, participant lists and other good-to-know information. Invoices of the participation fee will also be sent out to selected participants.