From Local to Global: Local Citizens Contributing To EU Global Policies
One of the key provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon is promoting the values of the EU in the world by contributing to peace and security; sustainable development of the Earth; solidarity and mutual respect among peoples; free and fair trade; eradication of poverty; protection of human rights; respect for and enhancement of international law. It is very important to give citizens an opportunity to interact and participate in realisation of these provisions, but they have to be aware of key principles and main issues of the external EU policies. Special Eurobarometer on Development Aid in times of economic turmoil (2009) shows that only 25% of Lithuanian and 11% of Cypriot citizens are aware about the Millennium Development Goals – key principles for supporting developing countries. This report also names poverty as the main challenge in developing countries (46% of LT and 47% of CY respondents agree with the statement). Also 81% of Cypriots and 51% of Lithuanians think that climate change is a very serious problem (Europeans’ attitudes towards climate change, Special Eurobarometer, 2009). The above mentioned data shows the importance to raise awareness of citizens in Lithuania and Cyprus on the main provisions towards mentioned issues that are of EU policy interest in order to empower them to become active for supporting their realization.
The project is developed to achieve 2 objectives. The first objective is dedicated to production and realization of information campaigns by developing different types of materials for raising awareness on global issues of EU interest in rural communities in Lithuania and Cyprus. This objective will be achieved with the help of 3 activities:
1) Development of scenarios;
2)Production of the materials;
3) Realisation of the information campaigns.
The second objective of the project is to raise an international debate on the role of rural communities in supporting and supplementing EU external policies with new ideas and actions. This objective will be achieved through arranging an international debate of rural community leaders and representatives from local authorities on the role of small communities in the process of implementation of the EU external policies.The project results will touch people living in rural communities in Lithuania and Cyprus. Community leaders will be enabled and engaged into awareness raising campaigns for their community members. Being exposed by the information, materials and events, they will change their attitude and behavior towards global issues of EU interest, support local initiatives related to coping with them, become active community members, feel to be European citizens.