The geographical location of Saxony in the border triangle between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic offers favourable conditions for cross-border dialogues. Border regions are considered to be the interfaces of Europe: the advantages but also the gaps of the European integration are increasingly noticeable there.
A series of three events was developped and will be organised in the coming months, with the support of the Bertelsmann Foundation and in partnership with the Saxon State Ministry of Justice, for Democracy, European Affairs and Gender Equality, the Marshal's Office of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Euroregion Elbe/Labe, Euregio EGRENSIS Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sachsen/Thüringen and Europe Direct Vogtland.
The organisers intend to highlight the importance of the ever closer interconnections of the border regions. They aim to emphasise that these regions are to be given higher priority in national policy and that cross border regions need to be seen as an opportunity to deepen European integration regionally.
During the first event, a trilateral Youth Forum conducted by EUROPA-DIREKT e.V., young people from Saxony (DE), Lower Silesia (PL) and Usti and Karlovy Vary (Cz) will be invited to exchange and deliberate on three topics to be discussed at the third closing citizens' conference.
This will be followed by an online event scheduled for 27 November 2021 with randomly selected citizens from the same regions to elaborate on the topic of European Citizenship.
The closing part of the series is a two-day event at which participants will meet to further discuss the subject of European Citizenship, but also the three other topics developed by the trilateral Youth Forum.
Besides using the methodology of random selection and deliberation the organisers hope to promote a shift from top down communication to real democratic participation, so the future of Europe is best tailored to citizens' needs.