[Call for Proposals] 4.000€ for Stop-TTIP Campaigns

On November 13, 2014, in Campaign, by CFE Team

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The European platform CitizensforEurope (cfe) supports grass-root campaigns that link the self-organised European Citizens Initiative (sECI) Stop-TTIP to the local level and political decision-makers. Campaign organisers can apply for a maximum of 4.000€. The support is managed by Citizens For Europe e.V. in Berlin.

Who can apply?

Anyone who is concerned about the negative impact the TTIP potentially causes to the democracy, the natural environment or social justice in Europe.

We especially look for thematic-driven, local grass-roots initiatives (groups, activists, NGOs) that link their work to the self-organised European Citizens Initiative (sECI) Stop-TTIP. Groups from South- and East-Europe are especially encouraged to propose a campaign.

Campaigns shall be interactive, inform the local community and push political decision-makers to stand against TTIP, especially involving your local representatives in the European Parliament. Campaigns shall have an online and offline dimension, may be experimental including arts & culture, protests, public debates, viral social media or be of other nature.

The financial support will be given in a form of a contract to individuals (freelance) or legal bodies (invoice).

How to Apply?

1)  Register at citizensforeurope.eu (add an organsiation)

2)  Discuss and complete the Project Canvas with your team. Put your results for each category in a word document, using bullet points and not exceeding three A4 pages.

3) Write a short abstract about your group or NGO and sent along with your results to stop-ttip@citizensforeurope.org

Deadline & Selection

Your proposal will be checked against the categories of the project canvas and an international jury of experts will evaluate the quality and potential impact of your campaign. The deadline is 15 December 2014. You will be informed about the results by 15 January 2015. Campaigns may last maximum 6 months and should not start earlier than end of January 2015.

More Info

On the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) in general see http://www.citizens-initiative.eu/

On the sECI Stop-TTIP see:

PressConference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZq0stqilzA

Official Page: http://stop-ttip.org/

For more information on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) see Wikipedia, for critical reflections see ATTAC or campact!




Einladung Themenabend: Wer ist das Volk?

On October 1, 2014, in Allgemein, by CFE Team

Zukunft der Partizipation

Rechtliche und politische Handlungsspielräume für die Einführung eines Ausländerwahlrechts nach dem Urteil des Bremer Staatsgerichtshofs

Donnerstag, 6. November 2014, 18-21 Uhr
Auditiorium, Grimm-Zentrum der HU
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 3, 10117 Berlin

Worum geht es?

In einem interaktiven Themenabend wollen wir mit Akteuren aus Wissenschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft Handlungsspielräume erarbeiten, wie nach dem Urteil des Bremer Staatsgerichtshofs im März 2014 die politische Teilhabe für Menschen ohne deutschen Pass ausgeweitet werden könnte.

Dabei spielt die Interpretation des Begriffs „Volkes“ eine zentrale Rolle. Sowohl die Urteile des BVerfG von 1990 als auch das Bremer Urteil interpretieren das „Volk“ ausschließlich staatsbürgerschaftlich und grenzen damit die Bevölkerung ohne deutschen Pass von demokratischer Teilhabe aus. Wir werden der Frage nachgehen, ob und wie ein Ausländerwahlrecht in Deutschland eingeführt werden kann und welche politischen Teilhabemöglichkeit darüber hinaus möglich sind.

Der Themenabend wird durch eine Key-Note von Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans Meyer und einem anschließenden Experten-Panel eröffnet.

  • Prof. Dr. Hans Meyer – Prof. em. für Staats-, Verwaltungs- und Finanzrecht der Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Präsident der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 1996-2000
  • Prof. Dr. Franz C. Mayer – Lehrstuhl für Öffentliches Recht, Europarecht, Völkerrecht, Rechtsvergleichung und Rechtspolitik der Universität Bielefeld, Mitglied im Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration
  • Dr. Oxana Syuzyukina - Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Lehrstuhl für Verfassungsgeschichte, Rechtsphilosophie i. V. m. Öffentlichem Recht der Universität Potsdam
  • Dr. Luicy Pedroza (tbc) – Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im GIGA Forschungsschwerpunkt Legitimität und Effizienz politischer Systeme, Hamburg

Im Anschluss an den Vortrag werden in Arbeitsgruppen verschiedene Handlungsspielräume vertieft und gemeinsame Strategien entwickelt.

Der Themenabend ist die Auftaktveranstaltung der Themenreihe: “Wer ist das Volk?- Politische Partizipation im urbanen Raum in Zeiten der Einwanderungsgesellschaft”.

Anmeldung bitte bis zum 31. Oktober 2014 an lehmann@citizensforeurope.org mit dem Betreff: Anmeldung Veranstaltung 6. Nov. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 60 Personen begrenzt.

Citizens For Europe ist eine europaweit tätige, gemeinnützige NGO, die sich auf lokaler Ebene für eine inklusive und partizipative Demokratie und Gesellschaft in Europa einsetzt.

In Kooperation mit:



Die Themenreihe ist Teil des europäischen Projektes INTEGRO und teilfinanziert durch die Europäische Union.

Co-funded by the European-Union


Youth in Europe: a lost generation? A re-opened call!

On September 23, 2014, in Journal, by Christian

We’ve renewed our call for papers- thanks for bearing with us. In the next few months, we’ll be redesigning and revamping Open Citizenship and we hope to be up and running again by January. Over the next few months, we’ll be busy reworking the website and subscription models, as well as reading a tranche of new papers.

So, if you’d like to submit an article to the next edition, have a look below!

Today, 24% of young Europeans are unemployed – a staggering 5.6 million 16- to 24-year-olds. But the challenges young people face extend beyond unemployment. With the burden of supporting an aging population, the power shift from government- to market-led policymaking, the exclusion of millions of young people not holding EU citizenship, overcoming severe financial crises at national and global levels, escalating competition from BRIC and MENA countries and climate change, there seems to be no end to the challenges young people in Europe face.

The next issue of Open Citizenship looks at the challenges facing youth in Europe. We examine whether young Europeans are being given the chance to address the issues they face in their own way, and whether this need is being recognised by the EU. By considering the concerns, needs and actions of young people, we hope not only to describe the current state of European citizenship, but also to build a picture of its potential future of European citizenship. For example, how is the current generation engaged as citizens in the European Union? How do they express, claim and enact their rights as young citizens and non-citizens? Are they more concerned with personal issues and assimilating into the current system or are they fighting to change institutional structures to meet their needs?

As always, Open Citizenship invites different types of contributions and invites academics, practitioners, politicians and engaged citizens to express their distinct views and knowledge on the topic of youth in Europe. Possible ideas for submissions include:

  • Many commentators refer to this generation of young Europeans as a lost generation. Is it true and, if so, what does it mean? What future can this generation expect?
  • How are young people in different EU countries affected differently? Are there differences between ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and other groups within member states, and between member states?
  • When we speak about young European citizens, what do we mean exactly? Do we give prominence to citizens from particular nations or with particular status, and write off other groups?
  • What are the primary concerns of this generation of European youth? Can we speak seriously about topics including energy supply, sustainability and digital surveillance if young Europeans are more concerned about other issues?
  • How has the EU’s focus on developing skilled workers rather than active and reflective citizens affected young people? Is the idea of consumerism more or less prevalent amongst this generation of young people than preceding ones?
  • Are the youth being given the right of full expression, or are their modes of expression ignored? Do EU institutions take them seriously? What new forms of citizenship expression are young people using in different countries? What lessons can be drawn from youth organisations and movements that could be relevant to debate at EU level?
  • How is this generation of European youth politically different from previous generations, and if so what factors have led to this development? Is it unusual that we see a rise in right-wing governments to represent youth? What impact global competition and migration can be seen on this generation?


Submission guidelines


Open Citizenship invites submissions from throughout Europe, especially countries previously underrepresented in the journal and European publications. We strive to publish a mix of both established professors and decision-makers as well as young researchers and new voices. We welcome questions on permissibility of possible submissions and are happy to work with authors to increase the chances of acceptance.

In order to assure the highest quality and broadest range of content, please note the journal’s two-step submission process. We ask authors of academic essays and commentaries to send us a short abstract or sketch of your proposed article (no more than 250 words) by Monday, 27 October 2014. Authors of accepted abstracts, as well as submissions to other sections, should submit full articles by Monday, 10th November 2014. Please send your abstracts, submissions and questions to: submissions@citizensforeurope.org.

  • It’s Academic!: Academic essays that seek to explain or understand social and political challenges through the use of research findings (2,500–3,500 words).
  • Open Mic: Commentaries that make a single, provocative point related to the issue theme of the journal (1,000–2,000 words).
  • Movement Watch: Profiles of innovative civil society projects that serve to inspire others who want to take action (800–1,000 words).
  • Critics’ Corner: Reviews of books, essays, theatre pieces and films from a citizenship perspective (300–600 words).

For more information or to read past issues of the journal, please visit opencitizenship.eu.


About the journal


The journal Open Citizenship is a resource for and by people concerned with citizenship, migration and political participation in the European Union. Published twice each year, and distributed by way of libraries, conferences, NGOs and professional networks, Open Citizenship is a hybrid journal that combines scholarly work with commentary and information by and valuable to civil society actors, academics and decision-makers. Open Citizenship is a project of Citizens For Europe e.V., a non-profit association that carries out innovative projects, events and political actions to foster the development of an inclusive and participatory European Union and the establishment of a residence-based EU citizenship.