• Teachers Talk about the Participation of Young People
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  • On Wednesday, December 10th, Rațiu Center for Democracy organized a double event at Book Corner Librarium Cluj-Napoca, with the occasion of presenting Bogdan Dima’s book “The Conflict among the Palaces.
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  • Photo of the Elections Day: Nicolae Ratiu and his mother, Elizabeth Rațiu, encouraging Romanians queuing up for hours to vote, not to give up on their dream for a better Romania.
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  • The Free Time Factory in Turda hosted a special event in the 13 of November: The Donors’ Circle.
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  • Between October 13 and October 17, CRD hosted the second mobility within the T.O.O.L. – Theatre of OrganicLearning project, which is funded by the European Commission through the Grundtvig Programme, Partnerships section.
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  • Ukrainian journalist Mustafa Nayem to receive 2014 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award.
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  • In 2004, the family and friends of Ion Ratiu (1917-2000) decided to continue the project of promoting democracy as a way of life of “the best president Romania never had”.
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The Raţiu Center for Democracy

The Raţiu Democracy Center, CRD is a Romanian registered non-governmental, not-for-profit organization based in Transylvania, Romania. Through its varied programs and projects the Center seeks to promote values and behaviors associated with democracy, open society and multiculturalism.

CRD was founded in July 2004 by Indrei Ratiu, the son of Ion Ratiu with the support of the Ratiu Family Foundation based in London, UK and leading faculty members of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The Raţiu Center is particularly active in the fields of democratization and civil society building through programs and projects that aim to improve the quality of democratic life and civil participation in the public sphere. The Center’s beneficiaries range from specific groups (such as students, academics, women, teachers, pensioners, or those with special needs) to wider audiences such as whole communities.

The Raţiu Center for Democracy is also involved in several international projects including the prestigious annual Ion Raţiu Democracy Lecture in association with the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. This public lecture launched in 2005, is encouraging and rewarding men and women of principle, thinkers as well as activists, struggling to implement democratic values and behaviors in parts of the world where these are either emerging or under threat.

The Raţiu Center distinguishes itself by promoting “democracy as a way of life,” the principle adhered to and promoted by Ion Ratiu (1917 – 2000), the life-long Romanian opponent of communism and advocate of democracy world-wide. This international perspective is complemented by programs and projects that are also distinctly local and regional focusing on the particularities of Transylvanian and Romanian post-1989 transition society.



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