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Rybnik Days



15 – 18 JUNE 2017




Rybnik Days - The Future of Europe is a European funded cross-community programme, which looks at the future of Europe following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. 

The programme aims to provide four young adults from Antrim and Newtownabbey (aged between 18 and 24 at the time of travel) with the opportunity to travel to Rybnik, Poland from 15-18 June 2017 to take part in a series of debates on The Future of Europe. 

In co-operation with the Council’s Good Relations Department, three pre-travel workshops have been developed to prepare delegates with the skills to take part in the Rybnik debates:

  • Workshop 1 (24 May 2017 - Antrim Civic Centre) - Overview of Options for Northern Ireland Post Referendum
  • Workshop 2 (31 May 2017 - Mossley Mill) – How to Prepare Arguments for Debate
  • Workshop 3 (7 June 2017 - Mossley Mill) – How to Defend Your Arguments

The workshops will include practice sessions and provide an opportunity for engagement with Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillors.

Rybnik, Poland:

Antrim and Newtownabbey has been twinned with Rybnik in Poland for 14 years. Rybnik is situated in the central part of the Śląsk province in the region of Raciborsko-Ośmęcimska Valley on the Rybnik Plateau and covers as area of 135.1km2

Rybnik is approximately 52 km from Katowice, 111 km from Krakow and 24 km from the border with the Czech Republic. The climate is mild with an average temperature during the year of +7oC, the hottest month is July.

Rybnik Market Square is the centre of all cultural activities

The Programme

Phase 1 – Application Process

The call for applications is open from 19 April – 3 May, from young people between the ages of 18-24 who have an interest in, or are studying the following subjects:

  • English Literature or Language
  • Politics

Each applicant must:

  • be an EU citizen,
  • live in Antrim and Newtownabbey,
  • be aged 18-24 at the time of travel and
  • be in good health (and, upon request, be able to supply a doctor’s statement of verification)

Those interested can apply by downloading an application form here


Completed applications must be emailed to [email protected] and must be received no later than 4pm on 3 May 2017.


Phase 2 - Selection Process

  • The Council will undertake a shortlisting process based on the content of the application forms.
  • Applicants will be contacted by email to inform them of the outcome of the shortlisting by close of business on 4 May 2017.
  • If shortlisted, applicants will be required to attend an interview on the evening of Wednesday 10 May 2017. The interview will be conducted by representatives from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. 
  • Absence from an interview will result in the applicant being disqualified.
  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will make the final decision as to the selection of participants.

Four young people aged 18-24 will be selected to participate on the programme.

Special Notes

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to revoke the selection of any delegates prior to departure and to determine the need for an early return to Antrim and Newtownabbey at their own expense, due to any misconduct.

Interviews have been scheduled for the evening of Wednesday 10 May 2017.

Phase 3 – Programme Preparation

As part of the commitment to the ‘Future of Europe’ programme and to aid with preparation for the visit to Rybnik, all participants will be required to take part in three workshops between 24 May and 7 June 2017. All workshops will take place in the evening to allow for full participation of delegates and Councillors.

Phase 4 – Rybnik Trip

Travel Dates

The trip to Rybnik will take place from 15-18 June 2017. Newtownabbey participants will travel from Belfast International Airport to Krakow Airport in Poland with onward travel by coach to Rybnik.


Accommodation and travel costs will be covered by the programme, however, Participants must provide their own spending money and costs for food whilst traveling to and from Rybnik.


Obtaining a passport is the responsibility of the applicant and his/her family. If successful applicants do not have a valid passport, it is recommended that they apply immediately following their selection. Please note passports must be valid for 6 months after the return travel date.

Phase 5 – Local Feedback

Successful applicants will be required to report on their experiences during the programme and present their findings to the Council and partners.

Further Information

If you require further information on any aspect of the programme, please contact Carol Shane by email [email protected] or phone 028 9034 0073. 

Completed applications must be emailed to [email protected] and must be received no later than 4pm on 3 May 2017.