Ukrainian Vibes – Stop 3: European Integration

The Ukrainian Vibes – European Public Sphere project in phase 1 offers a virtual stage to young people and their visions for the future of Europe and encourages them to become a more active part of society. In the four part online workshop-program, young participants learn, share and strengthen their knowledge about participation in different areas to build the Europe they want to live in. To achieve this goal, the workshop includes open discussions with experts and group tasks. If you want to learn more about the project, click here.

Tuesday, June 22 continued the previous two sessions with a new one. The main topic of the third session was “European integration with a special focus on Ukraine.” 

For this session, we again gathered participants from different countries – active and young people . As well as with us on board were four super experts, who work passionately with European Integration in their everyday life. They supported the participants throughout the workshop, shared their knowledge and gave a sensible suggestion.

As in the previous, we started this workshop with an interactive question for participants, to give them a start point, the question was: “What word / sentence comes into your mind when you think about the EU?” With the help of this question, we obtain diverse and wide thoughts and answers like “Democracy”, “development”, “united in diversity”,“freedom” and so on.

Since the main goal of the first part of Ukrainian Vibes was  to give young European voices a stage  we also had a presentation from our Junior expert Tymofii, an active member of the Philosophy and Social Sciences Department of the Kyiv Junior Academy of science.

Why is public participation important? Which ways of public participation in democracy do you know?  These two questions for participants started our second, practical part of the workshop. 

Together with the experts, groups of participants started their own project regarding the promotion of Ukrainian EU integration. By using participatory tools like public budgeting each group developed their own approach to share the idea of a Ukraine integrated into the EU. Inside each little project experts helped answering questions and provoked thoughts into new perspectives. One group developed the idea of a business centre for young entrepreneurs from all over Europe, which should be financed by participatory budget. In this way, the European space should be promoted as a common hub in which many cultures communicate with each other and act across national borders. In the end the groups of participants came forward with an individual idea of how promoting the ukrainian EU integration could look like when started by civil society.

The third session was filled with many creative ideas on how to get active in civil society and connect those actions directly to the topic European Integration. All participants can start to get active by themselves now and shape the european future.

Participatory budgeting […] is basically a ground level development in which the residents are allowed to address their own problems, their own issues and they get a chance to solve it. Also it increases the involvement of people and it gives the people the power with real money – people get more motivated to get involved in political activities.

Talha

Participant Ukrainian Vibes

Some photos of our workshop:

Young voting ages can increase political information of young people, for example in Scotland, because young people who feel inadequate to vote would inform themselves more before voting – the result is a political sensibilization of population.

Linus

Participant Ukrainian Vibes

Video summary of our workshops:

Many thanks to our experts!

Tamara Bayreuther

Director General , Model European Union Strasbourg

Vitaly Koshitsky

President, European Youth Parliament Ukraine

Giada Negri

Research & Advocacy, European Civic Forum

Julian Braychevsky

Professor , Geography Faculty, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University.

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