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Second International Achieve Meeting in Prague

From the 19th to the 21st of February in the Big Hall of the National Minorities House in Prague the second international activity of the Achieve Project was held, where CRLDS was part as partner.

 On the first day of the meeting, one representative of each country made a brief presentation of the territory consisting of three aspects: general characteristics of the territory, elements representing the territory's identity related to art, history, music, dance, gastronomy , typical products, religion, and how the cultural heritage of the territory is recognized by their own inhabitants.

Dr. Svetlana Titini introduced about three representative elements of our identity: Folklore, Food and Religion.

The second day, there was a main session dedicated to the presentation of the local events that each organization realized in its territory and an in-depth presentation on the topic of national and territorial identities took place.

 On behalf of CRLDS  in this session Mrs. Luiza Hoxhaj presented the activities developed by CRLDS accompanied by the conclusions for the first phase of project implementation as and addressed the topic: "The Pathways of our Identity".

In this presentation, she placed particular emphasis on identifying the level of knowledge of the Concept of National and territorial Identity, of the role of Territory and Country Branding, of the need to develop a sense of history: our roots. Identification and promotion of common European values ​​and the need to recognize and promote these values was as and the need to strengthen educational activities in this area: as group reading, storytelling etc was an other important point of its presentation. 

The last day of the meeting was organized to guide you on the next activities for the global citizenship map.

ALDA representatives presented the methodology for how the activities will continue.

ACHIEVE aims to develop EU identity starting from a reflection on the common history, arts and religions of cities from Central and South-Eastern Europe as a tool to fight growing Euroscepticism.

Leading partner for this project is Breganze Municipality (Italy) and partner organizations are: Istituto Rezzara (IT), Association of Agencies of the Democratie Locale (FR), CRLDS - Center for European Policy Studies on Regional and Local Development (AL), RAM Central Stara Planina (BG), Zavidovici Municipality (BIH), House of National Minorities (CZ), Erdut Municipality (HR), Peje Municipality (KS), Coalition of youth organizations SEGA (MK), Herceg Novi Municipality (Montenegro), Mioveni Municipality (RO), Cajetina Municipality (SER) & CEE CN (SK).