The European Commission has designated 2013 the «European Year of Citizens» to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the creation of the European Union citizenship. Active citizenship is related to a participatory attitude on the part of its citizens involved in the lives of their communities, and therefore, in democracy, in terms of activity and decision making.
However, this highlights the disconnect between citizens and EU institutions as well as disinterest in politics or the construction process of the European Union, which threatened to leave the citizenship concept meaningless. More palpable is this detachment if we talk about ethnic minorities. The abstention at the polls of this group in the last European elections proves its apathy by the process of European integration.
In view of the elections to the European Parliament in 2014, it is essential to implement initiatives that promote ethnic minority citizens opinions, views and claims in relation to the effectively construction process of the EU, and they themselves can propose effective measures to stay informed and interested in communicating Europe and European identity.
In a changing Europe, with ethnic minorities as a growing reality, it is important to strengthen its presence and link up with the idea of active European citizenship. It has been submitted to the Action 1.- Active Citizens for Europe, Measure 2.1, of the Europe for Citizens Programme.