The event took place in Brussels
Topic: Integration within multicultural and multireligious local communities.
Participation: The event involved 111 citizens from 12 countries, including 3 participants from Bulgarian Centre for LLL (Bulgaria), 3 participants from Male Dvorniky (Slovakia), 3 participants from the Municipality of Alimos (Greece), 3 Sződliget (Hungary), 3 participants from Fattoria Pugliese Diffusa (Italy), 3 participants from the Daugavpils City Council (Latvia),3 participants from Mogila Municipality (Macedonia) and 3 from Municipality of Kavadarci (Macedonia), 4 participants from Gmina Dąbrowa (Poland), 2 participants from Cleantech Romania (Romania), 3 from EKOLOR Indjija (Serbia), 3 from Mancomunidad de la Ribera Alta (Spain), and 75 participants from the Center Culturel de Jette (Belgium) and other Belgian and foreign citizens.
Location/ Dates: The event took place in Brussels (Belgium) from 13/03/2018 to 15/10/2018
Short description: This was the first ever international meeting of the SOLID network, held by the Belgian project leader Centre Culturel de Jette ASBL. On the first day, we focused on the introduction to key themes and activities of the project, such as: solidarity, multiculturality, and intercultural dialogue. Each partner had a chance to present themselves, and the reality they represent. We also organised a public screening of an award-winning documentary "Demain" - a movie that acknowledges that the climate is changing, but iInstead of showing all the worst that can happen, it focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions. On the second day of the event, we were honoured to have Mr. Herman van Rompuy, Prime Minister of Belgium 2008-2009 and the first permanent President of the European Council from 2009-2014 as one of the keynote speakers. His speech on the state of Europe was followed by representatives of local initiatives that contribute to solidarity among people of all origins, ages and social backgrounds. In the second part of the day, we formed working groups to elaborate the Manual for Solidarity 2020. The groups were facilitated to reflect on solidarity, starting from a personal perspective. This way we were trying to set our minds onto reflecting on what is at the bottomline of the SOLID Network. As the final part of the meeting, we visited the headquarters of the European Commission for a better understanding of EU policy making, as well as Parlamentarium for a deepened reflection on the European history. This first international event made it possible for us to get to know each other better which is the key for any further transnational cooperation and communication.