The project NET-IDEA: Network of European Towns for Interculturalism, Diversity, Equality and Anti-Discrimination, with the support of the Intercultural Cities Program of the Council of Europe, aims at reinforcing the role of local authorities in the field of Diversity Promotion, Interculturalism, Anti-Discrimination and Inclusion of Minorities, based on a transnational partnership of CSOs and 15 Municipalities in 6 European Countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Germany and Poland.
Cities are constantly changing and the growing diversity, partly motivated by human mobility, makes it necessary that not only communities but also governments welcome cultural diversity and adapt to it. Even more so if, because of this diversity, situations of inequality and discrimination affecting minority groups are arising. As institutions closer to the citizens, cities need to be supported with effective tools to countering discrimination to raise awareness and improve knowledge.
The project will provide municipalities the possibility to deepen a transnational peer-to-peer collaboration and to develop specific competences and effective practices to face challenges at local level. Moreover, NET-IDEA will promote a positive and durable cooperation among LAs, CSOs and youth groups to design and spread new narratives to fight discrimination and racism, thus creating a more inclusive European Society.