International Seminar on Democratic European Citizenship, Sofia

Deadline: 28 April 2013
Open to: Young people between 18-30 from EU member states
Venue: Sofia, 7 – 14 May 2013


The National Student Confederation along with JEF and UEF-Bulgaria have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the international seminar “Democratic European Citizenship: Turning the Concept into Reality”. 2013 has been designated as the European Year of Citizens to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union Citizenship under the Maastricht Treaty. Today, European citizenship is more than a concept. It is a practical reality that brings tangible benefits to citizens. The better Europeans understand their rights as EU citizens, the more informed decisions they can take in their personal lives. This will lead to a more vibrant democratic life in Europe at all levels.


The international seminar “Democratic European Citizenship: Turning the Concept into Reality” to be held in Sofia from 7 to 14 May, 2013 will meet the need to inform the young people how the EU works and the rights and obligations the EU citizenship brings in order to provide young people with knowledge and skills for active participation in the democratic life of the union. The political, social, economic and cultural aspects that the seminar addresses will contribute to shape a vision how to strengthen European democracy and reaffirm the concept of active European citizenship.

The participants will acquire competence about how to develop activities fostering active European citizenship and build capacity for preparation and conduct of campaigns aiming to boost the turnout in the European Elections. The ideas and knowledge generated during the course can be used by every participant and be implemented at local level.


Panel discussions, working groups, lectures, plenary sessions, simulation games and information market will be some of the methods used to debate these issues. The rich social program will enable the participants to explore the night life in Sofia , enjoy a horse ride in Vitosha mountain (optional) and see the Rila Monastery, one of the most significant and picturesque monuments on the Balkans, part of the UNESCO book of world heritage.


  • Age 18-30
  • Countries EU Member states


  • 70% of Travel Costs will be reimbursed (up to 230 Euro)
  • Fee/person 75 Euro participation fee/person
  • Board & lodging covered by the organisers

How to apply

More details and application form can be obtained by contacting the organizers at; 

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