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Active Citizens for Democracy, Peace and Prosperity

Integrating into Europe is not a mere question of economy. Rather, Europe may be understood through its traditions of democracy, where citizens take an active part in decision making and societal developments. However, South East European societies have not had the chance, in many respects and for many reasons, to keep pace with the development in the West. This concerns particularly the relationship between the individual and the state. 

Important topics of civic education in South Eastern Europe are

  • Participation of the citizen in public affairs
  • Religious and ethnic tolerance
  • Reconceputalizing history

In these fields, dvv international works together with civil society organisations from European countries and beyond, trade unions, social partners, professional associations, etc. An important financial contribution to the civil society projects comes from the European Union.

An outstanding project in this field was “SMILE”,