Castiglione in Teverina -Italy – August 2nd-6th 2018
“Debating European Union’s History and Values”
The First International Meeting for the KNOTS! – Knowledge, NOT Skepticism project, , funded by the Europe for Citizens of the European Union Program to the Municipality of Repashuta (Hungary), started on Thursday August 2nd 2018 in Castiglione in Teverina (IT).
During the Meeting, from August 2nd and 6th, delegations from Repashuta and Bukkszentkereszt (Hungary), Vila Nova de Cerveira (Portugal), Herrera del Duque (Spain), Lanškroun (Czech Rep.), Siret (Romania), Katerini and EILD association (Greece), Wieliszew (Poland), Amt Trittau (Germany), Deryneia (Cyprus), Herceg Novi (Montenegro), Mellieha (Malta) Ivancna Gorica (Slovenia), were present in Castiglione in Teverina with the commitment to promote the debate on Euroscepticism and the risks generated by the spread of fake news and incorrect data on the most recent international crises. Each delegation shared, over the course of several occasions for discussion, opinions and recommendations collected from its local communities on issues relevant to Europe.
During the meeting there were moments dedicated to thematic visits to cooperatives and social associations and guided tours to get to know Castiglione in Teverina and the surrounding municipalities up close: tours are planned at the MUVIS Wine Museum and at the historic center of Castiglione in Teverina, in Orvieto, in Civita di Bagnoregio at Lake Bolsena , and of course in Rome.
The meeting took place during the celebrations for the XXXV Edition of the Wine Festival, in order to create ample opportunities for integration between the delegates and the local community, participation in voluntary and solidarity activities, as well as to promote the typicality and beauty of the town at European level.
The Mayor of Castiglione in Teverina Mirco Luzi stressed that it is an honor for the Municipal Administration of Castiglione in Teverina to host the First Workshop for the KNOTS! Project, adding that it is essential that the citizens of Europe meet and implement actions aimed at raising awareness of the importance of correct information for citizens on relevant issues at international level and on the EU legislative process to ensure a positive future for the Union, especially in a period of crisis in which there is an ever greater closure of peoples.
In addition, the local area can boast numerous good practices in the social field, solidarity associations and active citizenship and added value to the debate at European level. The meeting represented a further opportunity for growth for the participating associations, which were able to enrich their activities thanks to the exchange of good practices in the KNOTS project, without forgetting the great opportunity for international tourism promotion created by the organization of the event during the XXXV Edition of the Wine Festival.
The Municipality of Castiglione was supported in the organization of activities by the Twinning Committee, ProLoco and the Castiglione Band.