About the project
Information campaign of the European Parliament
This website was created as part of an information campaign launched by the European Parliament. It is designed to give EU citizens information on its activities, ideas and objectives and, in particular, encourage citizens to take part in decision making in the Parliament.
Mosaiikki (ry) is the only Finnish association admitted to the programme for the period 2012–2013. Completed between 1 November 2012 and 31 June 2013, the project was implemented with funding from the European Parliament and the Slot Machine Association.
Through this web information campaign, Mosaiikki has promoted the European Parliament among immigrants living in Finland. This website was built up during the project. Additionally, a great deal of information on the activities of the European Parliament and European elections has been provided in the magazines and newsletters published by Mosaiikki.
Many of the immigrants living in Finland are Finnish citizens. They are entitled to vote in the elections to the European Parliament. However, voter turnout among immigrants has remained very low. They have lacked information on the European Parliament and their own rights. It is important, therefore, to encourage the immigrants – especially young adults – to vote. Youth is our future. This is why Mosaiikki wants to increase the awareness of Europe among immigrants.
The website is written in simplified Finnish to make it easier for immigrants to understand it. It has also been translated into Russian, English and Persian. Most immigrants living in Finland understand one of these languages. We have tried to explain things as clearly as possible.
This project is unique – never before has information about the European Parliament the European elections been provided in simplified Persian. Not much information has been available in Russian, either.
The website has been designed and the voting instructions written especially for immigrants living in Finland. However, because the general information and basic principles are the same for all people living in the EU Member States, we hope that this site will be useful for them as well.
The purpose of the website is to explain what the EU is and what the European Parliament does. Above all, we wish to encourage immigrants to vote in the elections to the European Parliament. We want to encourage them to take active part in social and political life. Because many important decisions affecting Finland are made in the European Parliament, it is important that all citizens take an active part in managing our common affairs.
People behind the website
The project has been managed and carried out by Mosaiikki (ry)., a registered association. The people involved are:
- Päivi Nironen
Project Secretary. Preparation of Finnish texts and editing in simplified Finnish. English-language project applications and project documentation.
- Lidia Popova
Financial Secretary and translator. Translation into simplified Russian.
- Irina Senkina
Project Assistant. Collection and selection of materials and photos. Preparation of bulletins and articles for Mosaiikki magazines.
- Natalia Savela
Graphics Designer. Layout and graphics design of articles published in Mosaiikki magazines and newsletters.
- Alexandra Sholokhova
Graphics Designer. Graphics design and realisation of the website.
- Jani Eronen
Programmer. Technical design and realisation of the website.
- Tatjana Doultseva
Project Manager. Project administration, project planning and direction.
- Central Finland Interpreter Centre
Translation into simplified Persian and English and language support.
- European Parliament Information Office Finland
Checking of the factual contents of texts; provision of photos and background materials; expert assistance in project implementation.
European Parliament, Directorate-General for Communications
Slot Machine Association (RAY)
We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the financiers
and partners who made this project possible!
What is Mosaiikki?
Mosaiikki (ry) is an immigrant association registered in Jyväskylä in 2003. Mosaiikki provides a wide range of information intended for immigrants. The main target group is Russian-speaking immigrants.
The association seeks to prevent social exclusion among immigrants and help them solve problems by providing information and advice. The Association publishes Mosaiikki immigrant magazines with local and nationwide circulation in Finnish and Russian. Local newsletters are published in six cities. Additionally, the Association offers personal employment advice in Russian in Central Finland. The Association also develops immigration information services on the Internet.
Other websites maintained by the Association:
- www.mosaiikki.info (Immigrant Information and web archive of Mosaiikki newsletters)
- www.keski-suomi-portaali.fi (Elävä Keski-Suomi website offering information on services provided by the municipalities in Central Finland for immigrants and new residents)
- www.mosaiikki.info/rufi/fi/ (Russian-Finnish website. Bilingual website for children and parents.)
- www.mosaiikki.info/infopaketti (Information package for immigrants; EU project in several immigrant languages)