Where Does Europe End? Project
Established in: 2009
Ended in: 2012
Main aims and tasks:
- Examining the ways in which young people perceive Europe – its limits, identity, founding values and uniqueness
- Triggering interest and stimulating debate amongst young people by including them in the conferences, lectures and discussions
- Empowering and encouraging young people to be active as European citizens
- Online surveys
- Writing a result booklet
- Local events (Toulouse and München)
- Final event (Utrecht)
The Where Does Europe End? project is, very generally speaking, concerned with European identity and the future of European integration.
Founded and carried out by members of AEGEE, such as Percin Imrek and Juan Sordo, the project aimed to examine the physical and mental borders of Europe in people’s perception. In the course of the project, a series of conventions were organised, geographically covering different corners of Europe. In these conventions, young participants from all over Europe gathered to meet the local population and discover their concept of Europe, discuss different hot topics related to the European society today, and develop different scenarios for the future of European integration. The name of the project does not only refer to a geographical context, but addresses in a wider sense the limitations and constraints that European cooperation and integration are facing today and will face tomorrow.
The project started in September 2009, with its first conference in Kőszeg, Hungary, and has been carried out as a series of youth conventions in different European venues. WDEE conferences took place also in Izmir, León, Lund, Ogre and Las Palmas, in cooperation with AEGEE locals. A variety of topics have been covered, such as European integration, Multilingualism, or Human Rights. The project came to an end in 2012, with the final conference in Utrecht, in the Netherlands.
The Where Does Europe End? project was carried out under honorary patronage of the Ex-EP President Jerzy Buzek, and the cabinet of José Manuel Barroso. Within the project, six successful international conferences were organised, and a survey was carried out both within AEGEE and during our conferences, through which we gathered more than 3000 responses in total.
List of events:
- WDEE Kőszeg
- WDEE Izmir
- WDEE León
- WDEE Lund
- Summer University Ogre 2009
- Summer University Las Palmas 2011
- AGORA: Leiden, Istanbul, Skopje, Enschede
- EBM: Krakow, Izmir