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JCI European KHT

Posted by Active Citizens Chamber on Sat, 19-10-2019

The Active Citizens' Chamber Society participated in the JCI European KHT Programme in Brussels, Belgium, From the 29th of September to the 3rd of October.

History

The Know-How-Transfer (KHT) is a JCI program that was first initiated by JCI Germany where it is conducted on local and national level for over twenty years now. The program allows JCI members to participate in the European decision-making process by communicating with Members of the Parliament. The project benefits JCI members by helping them become acquainted with leaders of the Parliament, as well as politicians by creating contacts to active citizens from their constituency. 

After witnessing the great success of the JCI Germany project, JCI Europe endorsed the Project on European level. During the JCI European Know-How Transfer in Brussels, Belgium, JCI Members have the opportunity to communicate directly with European Commission (EC) officials and numerous Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), thus strengthening personal contacts and increasing understanding between politicians and civil society.

 

Early Beginnings

On October 11 – 12, 2005 in Brussels, leaders of the European Parliament and the European Commission, among them Jose Barroso, at the time President of the European Commission, warmly welcomed 44 JCI Europe Members from 16 countries. The European Parliament opened its doors to JCI Members, not just for plenary sessions, but also parliamentary meetings, committees and various parliamentary working groups.

 

Today

In 2018 the JCI European Know-How Transfer celebrates its 14th anniversary: From October 7 to 11, JCI members from all over Europe travel to Brussels, to discover the insides of European policy making.

We are looking forward to continuing this process of building bridges between politicians and young active citizens!

“Policy-makers have to provide opportunities for youth to participate in decision-making processes and in political life in general.”

Kofi Annan, Former UN-Secretary General, at the 2017 JCI World Congress in Amsterdam

The JCI European Know-How Transfer 

At the JCI European Know-How Transfer in Brussels, Belgium, JCI members have the opportunity to communicate directly with European Commission officials and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), thus strengthening personal contacts and increase mutual understanding between politicians and the business community as well as the civil society.

Each year, keynote speakers from the European Commission (EC) as well as high ranking politicians from the European Parliament (EP), explain their views on pressing European issues such as the European Economic Crisis, Youth Unemployment and the agenda of the Commission for this legislature.

Theme of 2018 JCI European Know-How Transfer:

Young Leaders Shape the Future of Europe 

The goals of the JCI European Know-How Transfer

The JCI European Know-How Transfer aims at building and strengthening the relationship between JCI and decision-makers in the European Commission (EC) and the European Parliament (EP). Through these connections, we can achieve better mutual understanding and form the basis for future partnerships for positive change. Learning more about mutual challenges and sharing ideas leads to cooperation and mutual understanding.

Main goals of the program include:

• Exchange of experiences, common challenges, positions and requests
• Create mutual understanding
• Promote the European idea
• Reduce prejudices and misunderstandings
• Tighten the network between Members of the European Parliament and JCI members
• Work together on a political theme
 

The direct dialogue and exchange of experiences during this project can lead to a better network and reduction of mutual prejudices, as well as better understanding of the mutual challenges and experiencing political lobbying “first hand”. Working on a theme that relates to all citizens in Europe, creates a shared goal and vision for the future, which will be debated to create learnings and insights, before resulting in actual solutions.

General Information

The JCI European Know-How Transfer is an exchange program between young active citizens – JCI members – and members of the European Parliament (MEP) and the European Commission. The project allows JCI members to participate in the European decision-making process and facilitates connections between politics and civil society. It gives members of European Parliament the possibility to get in contact with young active citizens and entrepreneurs from their constituency. All participants share their thoughts about local, national and international challenges and possible solutions. JCI members present their local and national initiatives to improve society as socially responsible young leaders.

Process

After a day of workshops and internal networking, the JCI members spend one day in the European Commission where they meet with representatives and keynote speakers to discuss relevant issues that their countries face and explore ideas for cooperation.

During day 3 to 5, each JCI member meets “his/her“ Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and shadows his/her MEP during their the working day. The Active Citizens' Chamber Society is forever grateful for this opportunity and would like to thank JCI Europe for it.

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