U IMPACT – From Citizen Involvement to EU Policy Impact

Partners Albania is one of the nine partner organizations implementing the “U Impact – From Citizen Involvement to EU Policy Impact” project, in frame of Europe for Citizens program of the European Union. The project coordinates citizen involvement with the public authorities on national and European level in eight EU member states and one candidate state in order to develop a sustainable mechanism for increased impact of citizen initiatives on the policy making process in the EU.

U-Impact builds on the positive experience of the partners in the implementation of the project “Joint Citizen Action for a Stronger, Citizen-Friendly Union” (JoiEU) under which participants have debated and developed policy recommendations in several areas related to European citizenship.


Active Citizens for Common European Solutions (ACCES)

In the heat of the refugee crisis U-Impact launched a citizen initiative on the freedom of movement and refugee dilemma facing European citizens and EU leaders. The focus is on active civil society involvement in the political debates about the refugees, about European solidarity and about the basic freedom of movement. The U-Impact initiative aims at getting citizens from the EU, the candidate countries and the European Neighborhood actively involved in the current debate about freedom of movement and solidarity in Europe.

Deeply concerned by the way in which the current migration crisis is dealt with, the U-impact partners have drafted a letter which will be sent out to the MEPs in the relevant committees and to other important decision-makers and stakeholders at EU level, where we call for an active engagement of EU institutions with citizens and civil society organizations in both the EU and the accession and Neighborhood countries in the discussions and initiatives undertaken to address this issue.

For more information visit the project website: http://u-impact.net/