We started our “Europe for citizens” project on 1st December 2017 in the city of Pärnu, Estonia. We started the first day by meeting each other and with a presentation of the spanish and estonian organisations. After that, Marika, the representative of the estonian team, presented us a research results regarding the perception of the estonian citizens about democracy, euroscepticism, EU-transparancy and corruption. This reasearch was very interesting and useful because we learnt a lot of new things for the situation in Estonia. For example, we learnt that, after joining the EU, they needed to pay sugar tax, or that the people are not very informed abiut the help they receive from the EU, but on the other hand, they know very well how Estonia has helped EU. We also learnt that many of them feel Europeans, but on the other side they feel that there is EU-scepticism in their country which they see connected with the elder people and the refugees. After this, we had a presentation about the EU-scepticism and it’s types and then we divides into 3 groups and we had a task to make posters about the reasons the scepticism has appeared, the pros and cons of it, and our opinions about it. This was really useful because we got to know each other more, and we became more closer, but in the same time we learnt more about this term.
Then we had an Oxford debate in which we were debating for and against EU-scepticism. We the little time we had to prepare ourselves it went great. The debate was very useful because we learnt how to speak our minds, think critically, and also we improved our oratory skills and we practicisez our english.
Then we divuded again, but in 2 groups, and we had to write the consequences of leaving EU, and the alternatives we have if we stay in it which resulted in a really rich discussion where we shared experiences from our countries. At the and of the day, we had a dinner, and we went to see some traditional dancers. This was very interesting because we learnt a lot about the estonian culture and tradition. All in all, the first day was very productive. We really enjoyed it because we got to know different people, from different countries and stories and in the same time learning more about the things that are part of our everyday life, as is the EU-scepticism