About The Project

HARMONY is a European project celebrating 70 years of solidarity, peace, and unity. It acknowledges the challenges posed by the economic and health crises, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project emphasizes the need for solidarity, particularly among vulnerable communities, and highlights the positive actions of citizens during the crisis. It argues for global citizenship education as a tool to address inequalities and calls for a bottom-up approach to empower citizens. The project seeks to engage diverse citizens in activities that recognize the value of the EU and promote a sense of belonging to the European community. The emphasis is on community-derived solidarity and local authorities’ intervention to address the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Partners

Priorities

HARMONY focuses on two main priorities:

  • Raising awareness of reinforcing European integration based on solidarity, emphasizing the importance of meaningful participation from diverse groups.
  • Reflecting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local communities, with a focus on addressing social, inclusion, and economic issues, especially for vulnerable populations.

Live

Host: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to our event aimed at promoting solidarity, peace, and unity in Europe. I’m your host, and we’re here to guide you through the exciting agenda over the next three days. Let’s dive right in!

Day 1: Thessaloniki

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

  • Host: We’re starting our day with a warm welcome from Mr. Ioannis Vanidis, President of the Institute of Social Innovation and Cohesion. Let’s tune in as he sets the tone for the event.
  • Mr. Vanidis: “Good morning, everyone! It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to Thessaloniki. Today, we embark on a journey to explore the importance of solidarity and unity in European integration.”

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM

  • Host: Now, we’ll hear about the agenda and objectives for European integration. Stay tuned for insights into what’s in store for the day!

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Host: Representatives from various municipalities across Europe are sharing their perspectives on European integration and solidarity efforts in their countries. Let’s hear from them.

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Host: Ms. Dimitra Fantidou, Political Scientist, is now on stage discussing strategies for revitalizing civic life in European communities. Let’s listen in to her insights.

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Host: Ms. Alkistis Margka is now shedding light on the significance of reconstructing civic life. Stay with us to gain valuable expertise on this crucial topic.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Host: It’s time for a well-deserved lunch break. But don’t go far, as we’ll be back with more engaging discussions shortly.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

  • Host: Mr. Eleftherios Karaleftis is taking the stage to delve into the role of social safety nets in European integration. Let’s hear his thoughts on this important aspect.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

  • Host: Mrs. Iordana Kourougeorgaki is now discussing EU Regional Policies aimed at fostering a sense of belonging within the European Union. Stay tuned for valuable insights!

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Host: We’re wrapping up the day with a thematic workshop where participants will actively share best practices and case studies on solidarity, peace, and unity. Stay tuned for an interactive session ahead!

6:00 PM

  • Host: That concludes our broadcast for today. Participants will now enjoy a welcoming dinner, providing an opportunity for networking and further discussions.

Day 2: Siatista

  • Host: Welcome back to our event! Today, we’re in Siatista for another exciting day of discussions and activities. Let’s dive right in!

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Host: Participants have arrived in Siatista and are immersing themselves in the local culture and traditions. Stay with us as we explore the beauty of this host city.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

  • Host: It’s time for a traditional lunch, featuring local delicacies. Join us as we savor the flavors of Siatista.

2:30 PM – 7:00 PM

  • Host: Throughout the afternoon, experts will lead roundtable discussions on building strong social safety nets and the role of solidarity in a united Europe. Stay tuned for insights and reflections from these sessions.

7:00 PM onwards

  • Host: As the day comes to a close, participants will enjoy a cultural evening and dinner, celebrating the rich heritage of Siatista.

Day 3: Municipality of Voio

  • Host: Good morning, everyone! We’re live from the Municipality of Voio for our final day of events. Let’s make it count!

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Host: Participants are embarking on a study visit to gain insights and experiences from the Municipality of Voio and decision-making departments of Western Macedonia. Stay tuned for firsthand accounts and learnings from this visit.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Host: Local policymakers will engage in open discussions on social welfare and solidarity initiatives. Join us as we delve into the regional efforts towards promoting unity and solidarity.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Host: We’ll wrap up our event with an interactive session focusing on local initiatives and policies related to solidarity and civic life reconstruction. Stay with us for the final discussions and conclusions.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Host: It’s time for our closing ceremony, where we’ll summarize key proposals and express gratitude to all participants, speakers, and supporters for their contributions to promoting solidarity, peace, and unity in Europe.
  • Host: And that concludes our event! Thank you for joining us on this journey of exploration and collaboration. Until next time, stay united and stay strong!

Photos Frome the event