From 7 until 9 november the city of Detmold organised the closing conference of the project ‘on Tour for Europe’, funded by Europe for Citizens.
All partners from the participating cities were present : Abegondo (Spain), Kaunas (Lithuania), Oraiokastro (Greece), Reggio Emilia (Italy), Sandwich (UK), St Omer (France) , Schiedam (The Netherlands), and of course the city of Hasselt as a lead partner of the project.
The programm focused on the concrete participation and involvement of citizens and youngsters in European policy and programms during the first day, and the historical awareness of Europe on the second day.
Finally the participants made conclusions about the lasting engagement of the project. All partners appreciated the exchange of experiences with direct information and inspiring cases which brought new perspectives for daily work. Partners received tools to enter in dialogue with Europe and a network was established as well within the cities as between the international contacts, which is promising for further future collaboration. Some cities (Kaunas, St Omer, Hasselt, Sandwich & Oraiokastro) already have concrete new projects which were based on the contacts or ideas initiated by On Tour for Europe, and all other partners are very eager to look for new ways to continue to work together.