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Citizenship, democracy, inequalities and welfare

This research area includes multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial studies on topics such as: inclusive citizenship, security and participatory democracy, right to the city, welfare and technological cities, technological rule of law (local, national and international dimensions), European Union contribution to democracy and peace in the world.

Democracy and peace are EU’s fundamental values since the conclusion of the first ECC treaties. Lastly, the Treaty of Lisbon states that the EU is founded on the “[…] on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. […]” and put human being and citizens at the centre of integration policies.

Along these lines the European Pillar of Social Rights consists in principles that ensure equality among citizens, fight against social exclusion, promote a well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems for the XXI century Europe. The same values are supported in the EU’s Global strategy, adopted in 2016, that outlines that the connection between democracy and peace is a bi-directional one and advocates an integrated approach to these goals.

Democracy and prosperity for Europe requires a strong cooperation between public and private actors (citizens included), both at a European and at a local, national level, to build cohesive and inclusive communities, to tackle the challenges of economic crisis, demographic change, migration, technological innovation. The goal is to preserve local identity while increase European integration (Unity in diversity).