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Academy on Participatory Democracy in Cyprus

Academy on Participatory Democracy jointly organised by the Council of Europe and CRoLEV at the School of Law of the University of Central Lancashire in Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus), facilitated by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (ICLAIM), planned to take place on:

28th November 2023 (10:00-13:00 CY time) (online/MS Teams)
1st December 2023 (14:00-19:00 CY time) (in person)
2nd December 2023 (9:00-17:30 CY time) (in person)

UCLan Cyprus campus in Pyla, Larnaca area
WHO (target groups): NGOs, practitioners and local authorities in Cyprus

Active citizen participation is essential to any functioning democracy and of particular importance in the context of the forthcoming European Parliament elections to be held in June 2024, where citizens of the Republic of Cyprus and other EU citizens are invited to cast their vote. The Academy on Participatory Democracy aims at providing key concepts and tools of participatory democracy and promoting Council of Europe standards on civil participation whilst strengthening the interaction between local authorities and civil society organisations on the island of Cyprus. The Academy will raise awareness of the benefits of participatory democracy and the possibilities of unlocking potential in the dialogue between citizens and public authorieties, presenting methodologies and providing guidance, and how efficient engagement of citizens in political decision-making can be reached.

CROLEV’s work, expertise and public engagement on the Rule of Law and other democratic values in Cyprus and Europe will form the background of this Academy, assisted by experienced local social mediation and non-formal education facilitators based at ICLAIM as well as international trainers on civil participation tools.

The Academy will consist of a half day online session on 28th November and a face-to-face training on 1st – 2nd December 2023. A networking reception will be held on 1st of December 2023 at 18:00 at UCLan Cyprus campus.

Jointly organised by: Council of Europe and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Rule of Law and European Values (CRoLEV) School of Law, UCLan Cyprus
Facilitated by: Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods (ICLAIM)