The North West Inner City Training & Development Project (Dublin 1) and All Together in Dignity – ATD Fourth World Ireland brought together the Irish national delegation which attended the European People’s University in European Parliament -Brussels on the 5 th of March 2014.
The delegation was made up of three representatives. They prepared an Irish contribution on the theme of the 13th People’s University: “Reflecting upon and constructing a Europe without exclusion together”.
The European People’s University (UPE) was initiated by ATD Fourth World in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee. Since 1989 these meetings take place every two years allowing discussion between persons experiencing poverty, members of the European Parliament and other representatives from European Institutions.
The aim of these discussions is to permit participants to reflect together and draw up proposals to reinforce the actions of the European Union to eradicate poverty. 2014 UPE proposals will include an appeal directed to all European MEP candidates at the next European elections, which will take place soon after the People’s University.
The UPE workshops were held on various topics and attended by several national delegations in the European Parliament. Delegations from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom broached topics as diverse as “Building a Democratic Europe”, “Achieving Knowledge for All”, “Fostering Solidarity in Europe”, “The Right to a Job” and “Jobs for Young People”.
The European People’s University was funded by the UE “Europe for Citizens Programme”