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Challenging Citizens

Can there be an EU democracy without an EU demos? The EU Institutions provide ample space for public engagement but, as yet, this space has not been filled. This is where the ‘democratic deficit’ lies: less an institutional deficit than a citizenship deficit. The European citizen has to take ownership of EU affairs.

One way to stir up EU citizenship is to foster a robust political debate at the pan-European level so as to enhance the perception of a ‘European common good’ distinct from the sum of national interests.

The Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation will strive, through research and action, to secure fair and contrasting views on key EU issues so as to make the pan-European political debate more substantive and proactive.

This programme will focus the citizen’s attention, through a series of debates and conferences highlighting the issues at stake such as the trade-offs or choices between:

  • Solidarity and competitiveness
  • Industrial strength and climate change
  • Unity and diversity
  • Strategic dependence and a balanced Transatlantic Partnership
  • Energy and Environment
  • Trade and Development
  • Collective security and personal liberties

Click here for a list of the Citizen's Controversies



Call for Applications

Peace Tour Award for Outstanding Chinese Students in Europe

The Peace Tour Award has been jointly set up by the Madariaga-College of Europe Foundation (MCF) and the Europe-China Cultural and Educational Foundation (ECCEF), the European branch of the Peace Tour Committee - World Famous Chinese Artists Global Painting Peace Tour Committee - in order to grant awards to outstanding Chinese students or researchers studying in the European Union.

Results of the Jury's deliberation will be delivered by the end of July.

The date of Award Ceremony will be made public as soon as possible. 

More info here



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