Social Innovation at the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress (EEIC)
The second Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress (EEIC) will be held in Lublin (Poland), 1-6 October 2013. EEIC is a meeting of the representatives of local governments, central governments, non-governmental organisations, social and education institutions as well as freelance activists and development enthusiasts. The objective of the EEIC is to inspire effective and sustainable cross-border cooperation, to strengthen development cooperation, to integrate circles, to stimulate dialogue between the local and regional governments. Social Innovation will be one of the leading subject of the Congress.
Culture is considered as a substantially important determinant of social and economic development which creates dialogue above borders and opens new possibilities of activity in transnational dimension and in particular, therefore a special programme “Culture for the Eastern Partnership” is envisaged at the Congress. Congress debates will be accompanied by the "Integration-Mediation" Festival, which will show the diversity of contemporary cultures of the Eastern Partnership's states.
EEIC initiative is the direct result of The Eastern Partnership Culture Congress (EPCC), organised in Lublin in 2011. Participants from the Eastern Partnership countries, the European Union as well as Russia and other European countries (17 countries altogether) called for building a common European cultural space which would include the Eastern Partnership countries and respect their diversity in the legal, social and economic areas. The most important task of the after-congress activity was establishing the Eastern Partnership Cultural Cooperation Network.
The Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress (EEIC) together with the accompanying events is implemented within the activity of the Centre for Eastern Competences, think-tank which was established by the Mayor of the Lublin City, the Marshall of the Lublin Voivodeship and the Head of the UNDP Project Office in Poland. The Centre’s development activity is carried out within the framework of seven major programme areas: civil society, good governance, culture for development, science and education, business relations, sustainable development, and last but not least, social innovations.
Lublin is the biggest city of Eastern Poland and it is located near the border of the European Union. Its’ location at the border of Eastern and Western Europe, on the crossing of everlasting communication and cultural routes gives good opportunity to be a gate between Eastern and Western Europe.
Further information on the Eastern Europe Initiatives Congress can be found at: http://www.kongres.lublin.eu/en/