From 8th to 14th of December 2014, the CCIVS organised an international NGO contact-making Seminar under the name “Contact 2 Participation”, taking place in Laguépie, France, kindly hosted by the delegation Citrus of Solidarités Jeunesses.
The seminar is the first stage of a project uniting NGOs from the European Union, Middle East and Maghreb (France, Slovenia, Macedonia, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Morrocco, Palestine, Jordan) with a main goal to improve active participation and social inclusion of youth coming from countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. There has been a recent trend of decreasing exchange and cooperation between countries surrounding the Mediterranean. In order to reverse this negative trend, fifteen organisations taking part in the program (SCI Catalunya, IPYL, AECHF, Solidarités Jeunesses, I Dare, YAP Italy, CJM, CSM, SCI Italy, JAVVA, Baladna, UNAREC, CID, SIW, SCI Slovenia) envisaged to maximally involve the participants and establish foundations for their future cooperation. The CCIVS hopes that this joined project will open doors for new partnerships and actions strengthening the culture of peace. The next steps include staff exchanges and a final evaluation meeting in Jordan.
Participants discussed the issues of active participation and social inclusion of youth in the Mediterranean area.