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Europe for Citizens, program that encourages citizens participation in decision-making process

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TIRANA, Feb 8 /ATA/-By A.Alla/- Raising awareness of the European Union’s citizens about history, common values ​​and cultural diversity is at the heart of Europe for Citizens program which includes also Albania though not yet an EU member.

An informing session on the program with local government representatives, culture operators and public entities took place at the National History Museum in Tirana on Thursday in attendance of the Minister of Culture, Mirela Kumbaro, and the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Albania, Ambassador Romana Vlahutin.

The meeting on Europe for Citizens program aims at encouraging citizens to participate in decision making and major political processes that take place in the EU and beyond.

The meeting presented the opportunities for participation in various calls for application under the program.

Addressing the event, Culture Minister said “this is one of the most important EU programs that is being implemented by the Ministry of Culture.”

“This is second after the Creative Europe program for the EU member states, but Albania was offered the opportunity to join in although still not a EU member state. Albania is already integrated into Europe through its culture. In 2016 and 2017, we achieved important success in cinematography, publications and translations as well as other disciplines like digital platforms and research projects,” Kumbaro said.

Europe for Citizens program is an important initiative that aims to contribute to citizens’ understanding of the EU, its history and diversity and foster European citizenship, including culture too.

” At the heart of the European dream lies the value of cooperation, exchange of experiences with everyone being able to reveal his own peculiarities. We are today part of this program with hope and confidence to overcome ignorance and break the human boundaries that arise from the failure to know each other. This program will fight those prejudices that stem from ignorance,” Kumbaro said.

EU Ambassador Vlahutin said Albania shares common history and cultural values with the EU.

Vlahutin noted that these programs are open to all EU citizens but also to Western Balkan citizens.

“The today’s meeting is a good example of best promoting Europe’s values and supports work done by local government authorities, civil society groups and other organizations working in the field,” she said.

EU Ambassador said “Albania is Europe and Albanians are Europeans, sharing same story, values and cultural heritage with the rest of Europe. So it makes sense for Albania to become part of these programs and we strongly recommend that you become part of all calls for proposal,” she said.

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