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European Studies for Democratic Citizenship

At its plenary session in March 1997 the Higher Education and Research Committee (CC-HER, predecessor of the CDESR) decided to launch a project on European Studies for Democratic Citizenship within the third pillar of its work programme Higher Education for Democracy as a direct response to the Council of Europe’s mission in the democratic construction of Europe.

When defining the activity the Working Party underlined that the project was building a bridge between two aspects: redefining European Studies as a university discipline and a field of research on the one hand and work on concepts related to democratic citizenship on the other.

The underlying aims of the project corresponded to the priorities in the Council of Europe’s work as underlined by the Second Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe’s members States in 1997:

The main specific objectives of the project consisted of:

From 1997 till 1999 the Council of Europe organised several activities:

Following all these activities the Council of Europe’s Council of Ministers adopted the Recommendation on Development of European Studies for Democratic Citizenship in 2000.