The "European Horizons" project is one of the most innovative and successful projects supported under the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet activities in the last few years. By sharing knowledge about the EU abroad, the project looks to build solidarity and democratic participation.
European Horizons is a US-based, non-partisan think-tank devoted to exploring the meaning of European identity, modernising and reforming the concept of the social market economy, promoting the cause for European integration, and deepening transatlantic relations. To this end, European Horizons has established a network of students, professors, and European decision-makers with links to academia, politics, civil society, and business.
European Horizons was born out of a desire to foster a discourse on the future of the EU in the USA.
The project started in 2014 as a European Students Conference to encourage American and European students from US universities in their academic, personal and professional commitment to the future of the EU.
Since this start, European Horizons has organised a further eight major conferences, and broadened its network to also include professionals and policy-makers, such as Klaus Welle, Jean-Claude Trichet, Viviane Reding and Pascal Lamy, who are united by their commitment to the European ideal. The think-tank encompasses now 34 active chapters in American and European universities, an academic journal that publishes research and academic papers, and an online blog that expresses the opinions of the European Horizons.
All these activities have helped the project create its own unique network of students, professors, and European decision-makers with links to academia, politics, civil society, and business.
“My favourite part of European Horizons has to be the relationship-building that’s going on…This is your chance to meet new people and create lasting relationships, and I think those relationships are the foundation of what really holds Europe together,” said Lucas Feuser, a member of European Horizons at John Hopkins University.
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