The Impact of Euroscepticism in the construction of Europe is a project under the EU program Europe for Citizensinvolving five cities, namely Gijón (Spain), Nüremberg (Germany), Genova (Itlay), Alba Iulia (Romania), Vääksy and Helsinki (through the NGO AEKS in Finland), the Univesity of Oviedo (Spain) and CEPS. The project seeks to bring Europe closer to citizens, combining content an online course with direct citizen dialogues in the cities, encouraging civic debate on the causes ofEuroscepticism and explaining the actual competencies of the EU and its aims.
The project has run events in each city in which CEPS participate and provided guidance on how to run the dialogues and policy material for the events. Each event had a different format, combining presentations by local politicians and academics with role paying and debating sessions.
In parallel, two courses were prepared with 12 sessions covering the history, the functioning of the EU, globalisation, immigration, European citizenships and the principles of equality and non-discrimination, the origins of Euroscepticism, the development of the European elections system under others. Both courses where followed by over 300 participants from different countries, including some from outside the EU.