FORCEP - Meeting in Siatista vol 2

The Municipality of Voio organized the conference titled "e-Democracy: A Tool for Activating Unemployed Citizens' Participation" as part of the FORCEP project under the European program CERV-2021-CITIZENS-TOWN-NT. The event took place in Siatista, Greece, on April 29, 2024.

With a focus on enhancing democratic engagement and employment activation through digital tools, the Municipality of Voio successfully hosted this conference under the FORCEP project on April 29, 2024. The event brought together representatives from various organizations and municipalities to discuss innovative approaches to e-democracy and its impact on unemployed citizens.

The conference began with registrations from 10:00 to 10:30, followed by greetings and short presentations from project leaders and participating organizations. The Mayor of the Municipality of Voio delivered a welcome speech, setting the stage for a day of insightful discussions and collaborative efforts.

At 11:00, a review of the project's impact on e-democracy and unemployed citizens' participation was presented, featuring a panel discussion with representatives from the Municipality of Voio and other organizations. This session highlighted the progress and challenges faced in engaging unemployed citizens through digital democratic tools.

A coffee break at 12:30 provided an opportunity for informal networking, after which participants engaged in an open debatable thematic discussion on "Ensuring Proper Governance and Quality." Breakout tables were organized to develop strategies for future engagement and participation of unemployed citizens.

After a lunch break from 14:00 to 15:00, the conference resumed with a speech on "Digital Tools for Employment Activation." A local representative and policy expert demonstrated innovative digital government services that support employment activation, showcasing practical applications and success stories.

Following this, policy experts discussed recommendations for governments and institutions to support e-democracy and employment activation, emphasizing the role of digital tools and platforms in helping unemployed citizens find work.

The final speech of the day, "E-Democracy as a Tool for Social Inclusion," was delivered by a representative from a successful local government initiative. This speech illustrated how e-democracy can reduce social exclusion and engage marginalized groups, sharing best practices and lessons learned.

The conference concluded with a reflection session from 17:00 to 17:30, allowing participants to reflect on the day's discussions and consolidate their insights. The day ended with a dinner at 19:30, featuring a taste of Romanian dishes, fostering further networking and cultural exchange.

The event in Siatista marked a significant step in promoting e-democracy and activating unemployed citizens' participation, underlining the importance of digital innovation in enhancing democratic engagement and social inclusion. The FORCEP project continues to support these initiatives, aiming to create more inclusive and participatory communities across Europe.


EDS - Meeting in Siatista vol 2


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