Developing INNovative SOLidarity mechanisms among municipalities in times of crisis in South East Europe
SHORT DESCRIPITION OF THE PROJECT'S RESULTS
The chosen issue for “INNSOL” project is “Solidarity in time of crisis” aimed to stimulate debate, reflection and cooperation on the issue of solidarity to create shared values, concrete civic participation and common mechanisms for volunteering. INNSOL attempted to reflect on the nature and characteristics of solidarity within a supranational context, explain what solidarity has meant so far in the EU and South East Europe in particular, how much solidarity we had during the crisis, what type of solidarity is needed and how to build it. It focused on solidarity mechanisms in all its facets during and after the economic. INNSOL was promoted by the Municipality of Kozani (GR), together with the cities, of Aleksinac (RS) and Hisarya (BL). It is worth noting that the town of Aiani (former municipality of Aiani and since the 2011 local government reform was part of the municipality Kozani) had been twinned with the cities of Aleksinac and Hisarya since 1998. Solidarity has traditionally been at the core of the cohesion of modern European societies and of the legitimacy of our political systems. It is deeply rooted in the European identity, perceived by third parties as one of its distinctive features and often as one of its most worthwhile values. The European integration adventure has referred to solidarity since its very beginning when Robert Schuman stated that Europe would be built through concrete achievements which first create a ‘de facto solidarity’. However, the recent economic crisis has very harshly impacted in Europe, challenging and calling into question both solidarity between Members States and their citizens. The crisis has revealed serious weaknesses in the EU model of integration and, probably the worst, has put at risk the fragile European identity. Within this frame, what solidarity should mean which intensity of increased solidarity, and how the solidarity mechanisms should be built and worked, have generated new tensions in public sphere and discourse.
Applicable to the Strand 2 – Measure 2.1 "Town-Twinning”
Participation: The project involved 167 citizens, notably 45 participants from the city of Aleksinac (RS), 42 participants from the city of 42 Hisarya (BL) and 80 participants from the city of Kozani (GR).
Location/ Dates: The event took place in Aiani - Kozanis (GR), from 08/02/2018 to 11/02/2018.
1st Day – 08/02/218 Description: Ceremony of receiving missions of the twin cities Hissar of Bulgaria, Alexinac of Serbia at Aiani Square.
2nd Day – 09/02/218 Description: A. Meeting of teachers and pupils at Aiani High School - School Twinning Agreement B. Visit to social structures of the Municipality of Kozani (Open Care Center for the elderly, Day Care Center for the Elderly , Center for the Creative pastime of Children with Disabilities , Special workshop for children with autism. Discussion and exchange of views among the structures responsible. C. Presentation of dancing groups from three cities in Aiani square.
3rd Day – 10/02/218 Description: Round table at Aiani with the participation of the Mayors of Kozani and Hissar and the Presidents of the Municipal Councils of Kozani and Alexinac. Presentation of the operation and actions of the social structures of the urbanized cities by the Managers of Structures. Agreement to strengthen cooperation and joint actions of the three cities' solidarity structures. ______________________________________________________