Coinciding with the preparation of the elections for the European Parliament that took place in 2014, “Bitartean Jolasean – Entretanto Entretente” (ES) with the cooperation of "Ayuntamiento de Alzira" (ES), "Comune di Larino" (IT), "Regione Molise" (IT), "NAVIGATOR" (BG) and "FOCCEN" (BG) carried out “Youth can do it!”, an initiative funded by the European Commission through the Action 1.3 of the Youth in Action programme and which main aim was to promote the democratic identity of young people from Bulgaria, Italy and Spain in order to increase their participation within this elections, meanwhile they improved their local communities thanks to a virtual tool for the development of social initiatives.
Focused on the idea of democratic participation, “Youth can do it!” did not only allow its participants to learn more about how the European institutions and its elective processes work, but also to participate on an active way in different activities created to improve the systems for youth on their communities through a process that involved different actors within this field: young people, youth leaders and politicians. Thanks to different local activities focused on involving the whole youth population of each partner region and a virtual platform for participation (with 450 users registered at the end of the project), young people took part on the election and design of initiatives related to youth on their home regions. At the same, and thanks to this tool shared online, participants had access to a unique framework for participation that promoted on them a new feeling of European citizenship and allowed them to take consciousness about the importance of the democratic systems.
The calendar of the project also included vissibility events and a local research on each partner region involved related to the participation of youth on the past European Parliament elections. This research (based on a local survey that collected the answers of 148 young people thanks to special questionnaries created for the project,) showed different interesting results such us the low participation of youth on this event in spite of being awared of its existence and the reasons of this lack of interest. It also showed the lack of knowledge of young people on the role of different European institutions but a great wish on improving it and being able to understand them in the appropiate way in order to improve their societies and the democratic systems that role them, giving even more importante to the implementation of European cooperative initiatives such as "Youth can do it!" and the support provided by programmes such as "Youth in Action" or the new "Erasmus+".
Besides this, the authors of the most voted proposals submitted online on this platform had also the opportunity to participate in a transnational seminar with youth experts and politicians from the different partner countries. This seminar, that took place in Vitoria (Spain) from the 30th of June to the 5th of July 2014 was used, not only to disseminate the final results of the project and work on their implementation, but also to allow participants to discover the cultural richness of the countries involved on it. During the seminar, young participants had the opportunity of showing their youth initiatives proposed during the previous stages of the project and uploaded on this project site, meanwhile they enjoyed a constant intercultural exchange among them. Furthermore, thanks to the participation of politicians related to the field of youth and sent by the partner organisations of the project, young participants and leaders were able to take part in round tables about youth participation on their regions and to transmit to their democratic leaders their expectations and ideas about the inclusion of youth on their communities. Besides this, different workshops about European institutions, the European Parliament and its last elections were carried out in order to increase the European citizenship of those attending the seminar and improve their knowledge about the European Union and its democratic processes. The seminar was completed with an official reception on the municipality of Vitoria by its polititical representatives and different intercultural activities to get to know the traditions and history, not only of this city (Vitoria) but also of the countries involved on the event.
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