#YouKnowWhat is a project that informs and encourages citizens to participate actively in the discourse surrounding Macedonia’s accession to the EU and issues related to the upcoming referendum. It is a two-month project, implemented by Democracy Lab Tetovo, in partnership with USAID Macedonia and 7 local partners.
At its core #YouKnowWhat aims to provide a space for public dialogue on topics related to EU policies and to demonstrate potential benefits for Macedonia as an EU member state.
#YouKnowWhat reaches different communities and engages individuals by:
- Organizing policy dialogue events in 7 communities, where local residents can interact with local and national experts on topic of interest for the community
- Implementing an informational and awareness-raising social media voter education campaign on voting, EU values, and advantages for the members of the union.
EU Policy Dialogues
The EU Policy Dialogues are local events happening in 7 communities (Struga, Shuto Orizari, Tetovo, Kumanovo, Bitola, Shtip, and Kavadarci) throughout the month of September. The events give local residents, especially the younger population, a chance to learn more about certain topics that are of interest to their community and are related to the EU.
The EU Policy Dialogues will feature an Expo walk-through gallery, where visitors can get information on specific EU policies and how they have impacted certain EU countries. There will also be public dialogue sessions, led by a moderator and several guest speakers (local, national, and international experts) that will share more in-depth insights into the complexities of the chosen topics, giving an opportunity to the public to engage and ask questions.
The campaign is focused on providing information and raising awareness on the importance of voting as one of the most important democratic rights a citizen has. It aims to educate the citizens of Macedonia about the positive outcomes of the accession process and of becoming a full member of EU by highlighting facts and success stories for EU Member states.