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European Year of Citizens 2013

Being a responsible EU citizen - Toolkit

This toolkit is an illustration of what citizenship means. It comprises ten educational boards illustrating the economic, social, political and cultural dimensions of responsible and sustainable citizenship in the European Union.

The EESC welcomed the decision to make 2013 the European Year of Citizens and is committed to extending its scope by going beyond the EU's free movement rights and focusing on active and participatory citizenship.

The EESC believes that the main aim of this European Year must be active, participatory citizenship. The initiatives carried out in 2013 to promote European citizenship and its significance should encourage the informed, active and inclusive participation of citizens in European integration and political and social life. The European Year of Citizens must focus on society's many different needs and on antidiscrimination and equal opportunities, giving special attention, inter alia, to women and people with disabilities.

Citizenship is also about ensuring that everyone knows their rights and duties and is equipped, ready, able and willing to drive change proactively in order to build a better society and a better future.

EESC members will engage in a series of conferences, hearings and open space events, both in Brussels and in Member States, to tell Europeans throughout the EU about the rights and opportunities that come with being an EU citizen and to encourage them to participate in civic forums on EU policies and issues.

There is, of course, much more to citizenship than is shown on Deyrolle's educational display. The exploration continues…

 

Elements of the toolkit: