The PADIGE project answers the need of increasing democratic legitimacy in the European Union. A feeling of powerlessness towards the EU and politics has been expressed by many young people, but research has shown that this feeling is mainly the result of a lack of knowledge about opportunities for political participation and the Union as a whole.
In addition, studies have shown that NEETS are much less interested in politics and civic engagement in general (only 28,7% seem to be active), declare a disposition to vote and demonstrate lower social participation than non-NEETs. It was thus imperative to have not just young people become socially active, but also give special attention to NEETs and young people with limited opportunities.
PADIGE’s main goal is therefore to increase democratic legitimacy by promoting the possibilities and the initiatives that the European Union offers to partake in the decision-making process. More specifically, the project focuses on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) and its promotion by developing a platform that will involve young people and NEETs in the decision-making process, allow them to promote their ideas and get in contact with peers that share them.