INVITATION


Europe for Citizens contact points of Northern Europe have the pleasure of inviting you to an International contact making seminar with the title:

NORTHERN BRIDGE TO CITIZENSHIP
November 20-21, 2014
Tallinn, Estonia

PURPOSE

This two day seminar brings together 35 representatives of civil society organizations and public authorities from 5 countries in the Baltic Sea region (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Finland) in order to establish contacts and develop ideas for future collaboration in the European Union funding programme Europe for Citizens.

In order to further support new project partnerships, the participants of the seminar will also get an in-depth understanding of Europe for Citizens funding programme’s opportunities and priorities, application criteria and process, and what constitutes a good application with exemplary project presentations. A hands-on approach will give the participants a chance to draft a project for the upcoming Europe for Citizens programme year of 2015.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The seminar is addressed to civil society organizations and public authorities from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, and Finland who are interested in developing international cooperation with funding from Europe for Citizens programme. This includes:  towns, municipalities, and regional authorities, town twinning associations and networks, non-profit organizations and CSOs, survivor’s associations, cultural/youth/educational/research organizations. One participant per organization is expected to attend. English is the working language of the seminar.
PROGRAMME 

12:30 – 13:30

SEMINAR PROGRAMME – 1st day

Registration & lunch at the hotel

13:30 – 14:00

Walk to the venue

14.00 – 15.00

WELCOMING WORDS AND INTRODUCTION

- Mr Paavo Palk, the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia

- Mr Marten Lauri, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Estonia

- Mr Agu Laius, National Foundation of Civil Society, Estonia

- Ms Yvelin Karu-Veskioja, Creative Europe programme

- Ms Karin Öövel, Erasmus+ programme

15:00 – 16:30

SESSION 1: EUROPE FOR CITIZENS

by Ms Asta Visminaite, Europe for Citizens Point Lithuania

- programme structure

- goals and priorities

- application process

16:30 – 17:00

Coffee break

17.00 – 18.30

SESSION 2: ORGANIZATION FAIR

- introduction of participating organizations

- Idea Shop

19:00

Dinner at Lendav Taldrik


 



 

 

 


 

8:00 – 9:00

SEMINAR PROGRAMME – 2nd day
Breakfast at the hotel

9:00 – 9:30

Walk to the venue

9.30 – 10:00

Introduction to the day

10:00 – 11:30

SESSION 3: PROJECT DESIGN

by Ms Kristina Kallas

- how to plan, write and implement a successful project

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee break

12.00 – 13.00

INSPIRING EXAMPLES

- successful Europe for Citizens project examples from participating countries

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 16.00

SESSION 4: WORKSHOP

by Ms Kristina Kallas

- ideation session for joint future projects

- project planning session with potential partner organizations

16:00 – 17:00

Conclusion and evaluation

17:00

Take-away dinner and leaving of participants


*The organizer reserves the right to make changes in the programme, if necessary

SPEAKERS

SESSION 1
Ms Asta Visminaite
International Cultural Programme Centre, Lithuania

Since 2008 Asta Visminaite is leading the Europe for Citizens Point Lithuania, where she holds consultations for the applicant organizations, organizing seminars and non-formal education training sessions on Europe for Citizens. Six years of operation in this position has endowed her with deep knowledge of the specificity of application process and project implementation within the programme. She has also worked as the main coordinator of national project of European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (2008), and from 2008 to 2011 she was involved in non-profit community project “KultFlux: Urban Platform for the River Neris”. During the seminar she will give a comprehensive presentation of EUROPE FOR CITIZENS programme, will discuss main criteria applicable to projects and will share practical advice on what to address the most when applying for this program.

 SESSION 3 AND 4
Ms Kristina Kallas
nstitute of Baltic Studies, MA

Kristina Kallas in Member of Board at the Institute of Baltic Studies, where her main responsibility is to lead the team working on broad issues such as social change, migration and minority rights. She has also extensive project evaluation experience – she has worked as expert evaluator for Estonian national programmes as well as for European programmes. Since 2011 she has worked as an evaluation expert for Europe for Citizens programme and in the course has evaluated more than 100 project applications. At the seminar she will introduce some ideas on good PROJECT DESIGN with illustrative examples and will run a WORKSHOP on project planning and partnership making among participants.

PARTICIPATION

Participation in the seminar costs 50€ plus travel costs. Accommodation and meals are included in the price.
*The applicants should contact their local Europe for Citizens contact point (contacts below) for possible reimbursement of the expenses.

VENUES
Hotel: Go Hotel Schnelli
Toompuiestee 37, Tallinn
website: www.gohotels.ee
Seminar: Euroopa Liidu maja (European Union House)
Rävala 4, Tallinn
website: ec.europa.eu/Estonia
Dinner: TBA

REGISTRATION

Those interested in applying should fill a registration form on Google. A selection of participants will be made by every participating country’s Europe for Citizens contact point taking into consideration the profiles and interests of the applicants. The chosen applicants will be notified no later than on the 31st of October, 2014.

DEADLINE FOR APPLYING: October 24, 2014
*Should the registration form not open, please copy the following link to your browser window:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12MUEQ2aG8CHovUVo0Ic94ToObfwXUn9-S-gLOthtvNU/viewform?usp=send_form

Thank you for your interest for the Europe for Citizens programme and international cooperation in Northern Europe and Baltic Sea region. Should you have any further questions, please contact your relevant Europe for Citizens contact point.