European Citizenship in Challenging Times

„European Citizenship in Challenging Times” was the title of a major international gathering in Barcelona organised by the European Commission and hosted by the University and the City of Barcelona. The director of European House was not surprised to read among the conference objectives „The programme aims to bring the EU closer to citizens…to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level.” The „business as usual” peaceful atmosphere prevailed and no concern was expressed regarding a possible negative outcome of the UK referendum. In addition during the second day of the event when the traditional Civil Dialogue Meeting was organised no progress was noticed on issues a show to create a solid and organised frame for Europe-level civil dialogue or the need of legal improvement of the European Citizens Initiative (ECI) – priorities for the European House. Next time.