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Two more meetings of EU project WIR happened City news

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Two more meetings of EU project WIR happened

Daugavpils City Council in cooperation with Vanersborg municipality (Vänersborgs kommun) in Sweden (lead partner) implements project WIR within the framework of  European Union Programme “Europe for Citizens”, 2nd activity “Democratic engagement and civic participation”. The project involves 10 partners from 7 countries – Sweden, Italy, Austria, Germany, Finland and Latvia. Specific goal of the project is to understand the policies and strategy developed by the EU and the welcoming and integrating procedures implemented in the different member states, in order to eliminate stereotypes and misguided narratives about refugees.

From September 6th to 9th 2018 meeting was held within the framework of the present project in Linz, Austria, where Daugavpils City Council participated as well. Whereas from October 23rd to 26th 2018 there was a meeting in Kassel, Germany. In the meetings there were both -international participants and local residents.

Civic participation, cooperation and integration of immigrants is topical for all countries and cities that participate in the project – every partner presented situation in their country. Project partners had an opportunity to become acquainted with the experience of integration processes in participants’ countries. There were discussions and workshops about different methods of approach when working with people with different social and ethnic background. During the international meeting future activities were discussed for successful implementation of the project. In Austria participants had a great opportunity to visit ARS ELECTRONICA Festival (https://ars.electronica.art/error/de/) that combines such topics as art, technology and society. In Germany project participants got acquainted with the experience of integration processes in this country.

Project is financed by European Union program “Europe for Citizens”. Term of implementation: 16.10.2017. – 15.10.2019. Meeting in Daugavpils will be held in March, 2019, within the frameworks of this project.

 

Information prepared by J.Reča-Lāže

jolanta.reca-laze@daugavpils.lv