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CRISCO Crossroad of the Regions-fostering involvement of all citizens in local life to Improve Social Cohesion

CRISCO Crossroad of the Regions-fostering involvement of all citizens in local life to Improve Social Cohesion.

Project coordinator: Municipality of Etterbeek (BE)
Partners: ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy, Strasbourg (France); Municipality of Bassano del Grappa (Italy); VIFIN (Videnscenter for Integration), Vejle (Denmark); Municipality of Deft (The Netherlands); Municipality of Jonava (Lithuania); Municipality of Novo Mesto (Slovenia); Municipality of Rezekne (Latvia); Municipality of Vlora (Albania), Municipality of Tartu (Estonia).

The aim of the project CRISCO is to improve social cohesion and mutual understanding among the population of (medium sized) cosmopolitan cities. Most participants in the network are towns with a diversified population tending to form separate socio-demographic groups, not enough involved in local life, sometimes at the expense of social cohesion.
With a view to foster social cohesion and mutual understanding, the target public was not a specific category of population (“community-based approach”) but the local population as a whole in a town (district or suburb) with a diversified demographic profile, including the natives, expats, newly arrived migrants, precarious and vulnerable categories (“land-based approach”).
Based on the local reflexion and actions undertaken during the first months, the CRISCO partners prepared their contribution to the 4 successive CRISCO transnational meetings (reports, PowerPoints presentations, video clips, testimonies…). Each partner sent a delegation to attend and take actively part in each of the 4 CRISCO transnational meetings. These delegations were composed of motivated local representatives, preferably members of the Local Panel of Stakeholders, including local NGOs and simple citizens. In total, the 4 CRISCO transnational events have gathered 177 international participants and more than 200 local participants (direct + indirect). After the transnational events, each partner took advantage of the good practices and lessons learned to further experiment, enrich or adapt (new or existing) local integration initiatives.
Beside the transnational events, CRISCO partners took also part in CRISCO bilateral meetings. On different occasions, representatives of a partner visited the local process of another partner. Bilateral missions were an important part of the project, because they were more customized and very inspiring beside the four main transnational events.

Info on meetings of the European project CRISCO final version

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