SFERA Macedonia together with CCIF , Centro di Studi ed Iniziative Culturali “Pio La Torre” ONLUS, Kontakte für Europa e.V., Beyond the Barriers, Human Rights Youth Organization were in Palermo, Sicily from 01-05 June, 2019 doing a Study Visit for the project EU4ALL.
The Study Visit started in STATO BRADO with presentations from each country’s NGOs and the election turnouts (statistics) of their countries. We had a discussion how and what to change about that. Then we visited a NGO working on EU and democracy topics and had a presentation about EU enlargement and a Future of EU debate. Also, we had a workshop about human rights at the HYRO offices.
We had an organized visit in the Sicilian Parliament where we had a roundtable discussion with the guest speakers: Giuseppe Verde – constitutional law professor at the University of Palermo; Vito Lucio Lo Monaco, the president of Centro di Studi ed Iniziative Culturali “Pio La Torre”; and Valeria Lo Verde, member of the Office of the Antimafia Commission of Palermo about Sicilian democratic history, law, the influence of mafia and the political life in Sicily in the present. While in Palermo we visited Centro di Studi ed Iniziative Culturali Pio La Torre offices welcomed by their president Vito Lucio Lo Monaco, who spoke about the history of the organization, their main activities, and had a guest speaker from the student alliance who spoke about students, their rights, student organizations and their interest in civic society.