EU Defence Project: Debating the Future of Europe & Challenging Euroscepticism: A Journey Into Media Literacy to Fight Eurosceptic Narratives — 4th meeting – North Macedonia


Programme: Europe for CitizensStrand 1 „European Remembrance“, 4th meeting of a multi-phase project

Dates: 20—23 June 2022

Venue: Demir Kapija, North Macedonia

This meeting is a part of a multiphase project „DEBATING THE FUTURE OF EUROPE AND CHALLENGING EUROSCEPTICISM: A JOURNEY INTO MEDIA LITERACY TO FIGHT EUROSCEPTIC NARRATIVES” Report from its kick-off meeting can be viewed here. Report from the 3rd meeting is available here.

Please read the info-pack.

Participating countries: Albania, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Malta, Poland, Portugal, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Spain

Hosting organisation: ALPHABET FORMATION

Please read the project handbook. This multi-phase project consists of five mobilities:

International Meetings:

  1. kick-off meeting: 17–20 February 2020., Bruxelles, Belgium
  2. meeting: 28 September–2 October 2020, Bucharest, Romania
  3. 21-24 February 2022, Rijeka, Croatia
  4. 20-23 June 2022, Demir Kapija, North Macedonia

Czech team: Vladimír Mlázovský, Kateřina Mlázovská

Project report:


greetings from North Macedonia. How can you imagine this project? Like a trip to foreign country with friends to other friends, with passion in local places and deep knowledge of fake news. 

Our journey started on Saturday at Prague airport. We decided to visit the capital city Skopje before the project. We saw dominants like a big horse fountain statue, a river with fictive pirate boats and opera. 

On Monday we arrived by train to Demir Kapija train station. Organizators took us to the Royal Winery Queen Maria. There we ate dinner, met and greeted other participants. We went to bed with a full stomach. 

Tuesday morning was start of sunny day. Around the winery there walked a lot of peacocks. They made characteristic funny  sounds. After breakfast, the main program started. Journalists from Brazil give us lessons about fake news, how it is monitored, described terms and defined categories. 

Before lunch we walked around the winery with commentary from local people. Afternoon debate was about trust in sources and sharing information. Evening walk around Demir Kapija and museum we finished with dinner at Popova winery. 

Wednesday, another hot day. Morning workshop showed us tools on how to research more information about a given post. Lunch in a nearby restaurant was great.

During the afternoon we summarized all new knowledge and had a trip by bus to old ruins, museum and winery Tikveš in Kavadarci town. There we were at the best dinner I had ever eaten. Waiter gave us information about the largest winery in Macedonia. 

Next day we came back to Czech Republic full of great impressions of this project.

                                                                                                            Vladimír Mlázovský and Kateřina Mlázovská

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