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Consensus and European Integration / Consensus et intégration européenne

An Historical Perspective / Une perspective historique

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Edited By Daniela Preda and Daniele Pasquinucci

Analysis of the formation and development of the consensus on European integration provides an interesting interpretative perspective for studying the history of the construction of a united Europe.
The authors of this volume examine the main reasons – ideological, political, cultural and economic – that have been advanced to encourage citizens to support the European project. The contributors also consider the initiatives proposed by the political and institutional actors involved for promoting this supranational project.
L’analyse de la formation et du développement d’un consensus pour l’intégration européenne représente une piste interprétative intéressante pour étudier l’histoire de la construction de l’Europe unie.
Dans ce volume, les auteurs examinent les principales raisons avancées – idéales, politiques, culturelles, économiques – pour obtenir le soutien des citoyens au projet européen. En outre, ils analysent les initiatives élaborées par les acteurs politiques et institutionnels impliqués dans le processus d’unification dans le but de promouvoir le projet supranational.

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European Identity and Consensus on European Integration in Formal, Non-Formal and Informal Education (Olga Bombardelli)

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279 European Identity and Consensus on European Integration in Formal, Non-Formal and Informal Education Olga BOMBARDELLI The purpose of this paper is to investigate both identity-forming and consensus with regards to European integration in the context of education. The focus will be on European Responsible Citizenship (ERC) at school and in society, with the aim of strengthening the European Dimension in teaching, informing learners and fostering an awareness about the European Integration process. The European Union (EU)1 is a young entity. It is a democratic project that can only further develop if there is consensus by the citizens, but most Europeans are still deprived of correct information. The existence of the “Project Europe”, as such, is not being questioned by the youth, according to recent Eurobarometer’s results, but the consensus on Europe is not enthusiastic and people don’t feel a deep belonging to Europe.2 According to the Spring 2010 Eurobarometer, the bi-annual opinion poll organised by the European Union, EU citizens favour stronger European economic governance. The poll found that 75% of those interviewed think that stronger coordination of economic and financial policies among EU Member States would be effective in fighting the economic crisis, and 72% of Europeans support stronger supervision by the EU of the activities of the most important international financial 1 The acronym EU is also used here to denote the EU’s predecessors, the EC and the EEC. 2 According to the Eurobarometer “The Europeans in 2009”, only 52% of European citizens think that being...

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