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"Why Europe Matters" Conference: Youth Speak Up

Brussels - 21 March 2018

This event is under patronage of the Ministry for the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of European union 2018.

This unique event engages young people and decision-makers from politics and business in an exchange on the future of Europe. The focus will be on bringing concrete contributions into the wider policy debate in Europe.

  • Learn about the outcomes from a pan-European survey of young people, commissioned by JA Europe and the European Round Table of Industrialists;

  • Come and meet with young Europeans from 9 Member States who have something to say about the future of Europe. They will share and present their ideas to a jury composed of policy-makers and business representatives;

  • Listen to the debate and share your feedback.

“It is vital to understand the hopes and expectations of young people to further advance and improve the European project. This joint initiative with JA Europe is an attempt to re-engage young people in a dynamic dialogue on where they think Europe should be heading.”

Brian Ager, Secretary General at ERT.

“By teaming up with the ERT, we aim to contribute to a stronger and more entrepreneurial Europe—one that is making the most of its youngest human capital. We need more entrepreneurs and new growing businesses in Europe and these, in turn, need skilled and enterprising employees. We also need to hear what young people think about Europe and what they want it to become. It’s their ideas that will sustain it in the future.”

Caroline Jenner, CEO at JA Europe.

Agenda

20 March: Innovation Workshop for students

Venue: THON EU, Brussels
Timing: 13.00 to 23.00
For students and volunteers only

 

13.00 – 13.30 Official Opening and Announcing of the Challenge

13.30 – 18.00 Innovation Workshop Part I: summarising ideas and priorities from 9 national camps

  • Innovation workshop for 36 young people from national workshops supported by volunteers from ERT consortium members (Communications experts)
  • Parallel workshop for the volunteer to brief on the survey results

18.00 – 19.00 Informal Dinner

19.00 – 23.00 Innovation Workshop Part II

 

Learn more in the event brochure

21 March – Youth Speak Up

Venue: Committee of the Regions, BrusselsCoR
Timing: 13.00 to 16:00
Public event

Moderator: Brian Johnson, Managing Editor at The Parliament Magazine

13.00 – 13.20 Official Opening

  • Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the European Committee of the Regions
  • Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Lotte van Rijen, student from The Netherlands

13.20 – 13.40 Keynote Speech

  • Lilyana Pavlova, Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Christian Klein, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Chief Operating Officer

13.40 – 13.50 Survey Results & Project Intro

  • Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA Europe
  • Brian Ager, Secretary General, ERT

13.50 – 14.30 Young People Pitch

In groups, young people will share their ideas about Why Europe Matters and present suggestions regarding its future to a jury panel composed of the CEOs and policy-makers.
JURY Members:

  • Paul Bulcke, Chairman, Nestlé
  • Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay
  • Hans de Jong, President PHILIPS, The Netherlands
  • Martina Dlabajová, Member of the European Parliament (Czech Republic)
  • Christian Klein, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Chief Operating Officer
  • Andrey Novakov, Member of the European Parliament (Bulgaria)
  • Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament (The Netherlands)
  • Henna Virkkunen, Member of the European Parliament (Finland)

14.30 – 15.15 Discussion with MEPs, Business Leaders, Mayors, Youth Representatives

  • Jean Arthuis, MEP
  • Paul Bulcke, Chairman, Nestlé
  • Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay
  • Martina Dlabajová, MEP
  • Tanya Hristova, Mayor of Gabrovo, Head Of the Bulgarian Delegation to the Committee of the Regions
  • Anna Widegren, Secretary General, European Youth Forum

15.15 -15.30 Closing speech

  • Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
  • Sarah Rapp, President of JA Alumni Europe

15.30 -16.00 Cocktail

Speakers / Jury members

Tibor Navracsics

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

Karl-Heinz Lambertz

President of the European Committee of the Regions

Lilyana Pavlova

Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

Tanya Hristova

Mayor of Gabrovo, Head Of the Bulgarian Delegation to the Committee of the Regions

Martina Dlabajová

Member of the European Parliament
(Czech Republic)

Christian Klein

Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Chief Operating Officer

Jean Arthuis

Member of the European Parliament
(France)

Paul-Bulcke-
Paul Bulcke

Chairman, Nestlé

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu

CEO of Solvay

Hans de Jong

President PHILIPS, The Netherlands

Marietje Schaake

Member of the European Parliament
(The Netherlands)

Brian Johnson – Moderator

Managing Editor, The Parliament Magazine

Henna Virkkunen

Member of the European Parliament
(Finland)

Andrey Novakov

Member of the European Parliament
(Bulgaria)

Anna Widegren

Secretary General, European Youth Forum

Sarah Rapp

President of JA Alumni Europe

Lotte van Rijen

Student from The Netherlands
(The Netherlands)