Reclaim Europe! – Urban perspectives, transnational strategies

9.30-17.30 (closed workshop. register here)

18.00-20.30 (public event. register here)


“Reclaim Europe! – Urban perspectives, transnational strategies’’ is a one day event that aims to exchange opinions and experiences from the city level that critically question the one-sided configuring of European integration by elites and European institutions.

Cities throughout Europe are the stage of social and political struggles and, at the same time, of pioneering solutions. It is at the city level where citizens face the issues that directly affect their communities, but also have a cross-borders impact. It is in this intersection between the local and the transnational where we can find effective solutions for the most pressing matters of our times, from the managing of decent housing to climate change and to the arrival of newcomers in our cities.

  • What Europe would we like to live in and what does that mean for the struggles in our cities? 
  • What must change if the European Union is to gain in democratic legitimacy from the grassroots level?
  • How can we evaluate the existing instruments of civil society influence on the decisions of EU institutions?
  • What plans for a Europe that we experience in common – not only through the institutions – already exist and how can they be strengthened?

The event is the next step of “Reclaim Europe – A Project for the Participation of Civil Society in a Common Europe” by Friedrich Ebert Foundation Portugal that has brought together civil society organizations to discuss the European dimensions of their struggles and to identify claims and proposals for a jointly shaped Europe.

The event will be divided in two parts: A series of workshops in the morning (open to registration) including training and information sessions based on the necessities identified in the former meetings; and an evening public event where the most relevant claims and ideas will be discussed with political stakeholders. The gathering will also provide a framework through which strategies for implementing the proposals can be more specifically elaborated.

We invite all interested civil society actors to join our dialogue aimed at a more democratic Europe. In the spirit of a mutual transnational learning process, there will be participants from other European cities with similar struggles and experiences.

Free entrance, but previous registration for both events required until 4.11.2018.

The number of places available for the workshop is limited.

Due to international participants, the public event will be in English and Portuguese (simultaneous translation provided). The workshop part will be partly in English and partly in Portuguese, but we will try to provide ad-hoc translation when needed.


9.30- 10.00 Welcome and introduction

Christine Auer (Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Lisbon) Ségolène Pruvot (European Alternatives) Introduction: “Reclaim Europe” – what has happened so far and where do we want to go? Roberto Falanga (Postdoc Research Fellow, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon)

10.00-10.30 Morning activity

Anabela Rodrigues (GTO LX, Lisbon)

10.30 – 13.00 Training sessions

Transnational community organizing and public narratives

Trainer: Georg Blokus (European May, Cologne)

Host: Luís Mendes (Movimento Morar em Lisboa)

b) Actions to claim the right to the city

How can marginalized and silenced groups make claims to the use of public space and to the uses of the city? How can they mobilize for actions? How to overcome constraints and how to make the struggles transnational and European?

Kinga Stanczuk (Razem Party, Warszawa): Women taking the streets

Other speakers tbc

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 – Parallel information sessions

Advocacy in the EU

Ana Sofia Fernandes (Plataforma Portuguesa para os Direitos das Mulheres / European Women’s Lobby, Lisbon)

Legislative Procedures in the EU

Susana Coroado (Transparency International, Lisbon)

Funding: Where to get support and information to overcome bureaucratic barriers

15.00 – 17.00: The “action plan” – how to concretise it?

Which claims do we want to work on further, and how? Which approaches are there for putting claims in practice?

17.00 – 17.30 Closure of the workshop and transition to the evening event

17.30 – 18.00 snack buffet

18.00 – 19.30 : Round table debate “Reclaim Europe – from the claims to the actions”

Decision-makers and speakers from different levels of multi-level governance will take position to the most relevant claims and ideas of the “action plan” and discuss them.

Moderator: Roberto Falanga (Postdoc Research Fellow, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon)

The participants of the round table will be announced soon.

19.30-20.30 Forum Theatre “Honey and Bitter in Papers”

Forum Theatre by GTO LX (Theatre of the Oppressed Lisbon) and AMI AFRO.

Topics: Immigration, cultural identity, racism.

The play with the original title “Fel e mel no Papel” was created by different groups of Forum Theatre from the Lisbon area. Presented as a premiere in Amiens (France), it has been presented in Lisbon, the Algarve and Coimbra.


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