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DECIDE – DEmocratic Compact: Improving Democracy in Europe (2013-2015)

24. February 2013.

Funded by the Europan Union, Europe for Citizens Programme

Lead patrner:

Association of the Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA)


Croatia – Local Democracy Agency Sisak, Town of Petrinja

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Local Democracy Agency Prijedor, ALocal Democracy Agency, Municipality ofZavidovići

Italy – Comune di Reggion Emilia

Denmark – Vejle Kommune

Spain – Municipality of Santa Eulalia de Gallego

Romania- The Mountain Community Iezer Muscel Association, Primaria Godeni, Primaria Comunei Domnesti

Slovenia- Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto

Malta – Birgu Local Council

Bulgaria- Union of Bulgarian Black Sea Local Authorities, Municipality of Balchik, Municipality of Nessebar

Slovakia- Center for Community Organizing, Municipality of Banska Bystrica

Macedonia- Grad Skopje

Albania – Agencija lokalne demokracije Albanija, Bashkia Shkoder

Hungary- Mórahalom Városi Önkormányzat

Dissemination partner:

International Development Alliance (IDA), Bulgaria

Project duration: 24 months (30 May 2013 – 29 May2015)

DECIDE aims at developing, through the establishment of a thematic network of towns and by adopting a bottom-up approach, a democratic compact, namely a set of measures that are needed in Europe to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation. These measures will be identified, exchanged, further elaborated and tested by all the project partners. The partnership is composed of 24 partners from 14 countries: 4 countries of the “old” EU15, 6 countries accessing the EU between 2004 and 2007 and 4 IPA countries. This will allow an enriching exchange among partners with different track record in the EU and will contribute to develop a sense of belonging to a common “house”.

The main final outcomes of DECIDE are represented by:

  • the establishment of a thematic network of towns committed to increase the quality of democracy and citizen participation in the enlarged Europe
  • the democratic compact, a set of measures that have been tested and that can be further disseminated and implemented.

DECIDE envisages to achieve the following objectives:

  • Empowering citizens to play a full part in the democratic life of the EU;
  • Developing a sense of European identity, based on common values, history and culture;
  • Fostering a sense of ownership of the European Union among its citizens;
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue;
  • Fostering citizens’ participation through volunteering;
  • Promoting equal opportunities;
  • Developing a thematic and long-lasting cooperation between towns;
  • Raising awareness, reflection and debate on the relevance and implications of EU policies on citizens’ daily lives

DECIDE foresees 6 steps of activities, having impact both at the local and at the European level:

Activity 1: Launching International Event

Activity 2: Identification: collection of measures to be included in the “democratic compact”

Activity 3: Mid-term International Seminar

Activity 4: Pilot Testing Phase – Local Implementation Processes

Activity 5: Final International Seminar

Activity 6: Evaluation and Follow-up

Project web page


The project is part of a Europe for Citizens Programme, Action 1 – Active Citizens for Europe, Measure 1.2 – Network of twinned towns


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