The FAIR EU (Fostering Awareness, Inclusion and Recognition of EU Mobile Citizens’ Political Rights) project aims to foster the successful inclusion of EU mobile citizens in their host EU country’s civic and political life through the provision of a holistic approach to tackling obstacles they face when exercising their rights.
Activities include research into obstacles to free movement and political rights, evidence-based recommendations to inform local election campaigns in Belgium in 2018, and an EU-wide campaign targeting local, as well as national and EU level, authorities and stakeholders prior to the European elections in 2019. A citizen-oriented outreach component, based on ICT, will crowdsource citizens’ input on problems and possible solutions, and a digital public-awareness campaign will be carried out.
The project is funded by Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Commission and is implemented by ECAS as the lead partner in consortium with:
1 January 2018 – 30 June 2019
- Manage and coordinate the project
- Carry out desk research on the links between obstacles to free movement and the exercise of political rights based on an analysis of the Your Europe Advice database for the years 2015-2017
- Organise focus groups with representatives of CSOs, academia and national governments in the 6 EU Member States with the highest number of mobile EU citizens, in order to examine the obstacles to free movement and the exercise of political rights
- Commission 6 reports from these focus group meetings and a final synthesis report
- Develop a publishing platform
- Crowdsource citizens’ opinions through a crowdsourcing platform on obstacles to free movement and to political rights, as well as their suggestions for solutions and/or best practices they have encountered – 500 active users providing input, in addition to all the users who will visit the platform and see the results
- Conduct an analysis of citizens’ inputs and develop a report based on the findings
- Implement a digital campaign reaching at least 10,000 citizens
- Organise a workshop in the European Parliament and a final Brussels conference