BRUSSELS

19 Feb - 21 Feb 2019

79 participants, 14 European countries.

The closing event of our project Message to Europeans 3.0 was held in Brussels from 19-21 February!

 

Goal: after intense debates across Europe, countless civic initiatives to collect input from fellow citizens, hours and hours of debating and seeking to compromise on the draft resolutions… it was time for a trip to Belgium to have inputs also from EU policy makers or experts. A kind of reality-check with a Brussels EU-bubble flavour!

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“ I am ready to take part in events like this and to get to know even more people outside my country. To learn their motivations and their view of the world. I would like to learn more about ongoing issues in the world and stop being only a passive viewer. I became more confident about stating my opinions, about giving counterarguments and about speaking publicly.”

“Message to Europeans 3.0 was a great surprise, I cannot tell how happy I am to have contributed, even if just at the end and for a very small part, to this ambitious and noble project. I met incredible people from all over Europe, I challenged myself with something I had never done before (like debating in politics) and I took part in a flash mob in front of the European Parliament. Could I ask for more?”

AGENDA

Tuesday, 19 Feb 2019 -  Dreaming the Future of Europe

Venue: The Belgian Comic Strip Center (Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Bruxelles)

 

09:00 - 13:15 Arrivals & lunch on your own

13:15 - 14:00 Registrations

14:00 - 14:30 Europe, a Leap into Unknown - EU’s Founding Fathers, Victoria Martin de la Torre, author, press officer and                                      political adviser, Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament

14:30 - 14:45 Welcome, Mirela Mazalu, Secretary General, European University College Association (EucA)

14:45 - 15:30 Presentation EU narrative, Student Leaders

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 - 17:15 Expert feedback on students’ proposals 

  • Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director, Wilfred Martens Centre for European Studies

  • Daniel Kaddik, Executive Director, European Liberal Forum

 

Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019

Venue: The Belgian Comic Strip Center (Rue des Sables 20, 1000 Bruxelles)

 

09:00 - 09:30 Registrations

09:30 - 10:30 Expert feedback with Riccardo Ribera D’Alcala, Director-General of the   

                      Directorate-General for Internal Policies, European Parliament

10:30 - 13:30 Communicating the Future of Europe

  • This session will be lead by prof. László Andor, former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion. Students will work in groups to prepare recommendations for citizens and institutions.

 

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 17:15 Debating the Future of Europe

 

14:30 - 15:30 Debate preparation

15:30 - 16:00 Debate 1: This generation believes the way forward for the future of Europe is to abandon identity                                                  politics.

16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 - 16:45 Debate 2: This generation believes that without external powerful threats, the political leadership will                                                         not initiate a reform of the current (and broken) European social contract and protectionism will prevail                                           on the creative destruction needed for systemic reform.

16:45 - 17:15 Debate 3: The generation believes that citizens' disillusionment with the EU is caused by a lack of                                                  political accountability of the EU.

 

Debate-Watch Parties will happen across Europe: students will be able to follow online on Facebook these three debates that will take in place in Brussels & EucA will pay for pizza! Please review here the conditions to organize a debate watch party in your College.

 

19:30 - 22:00 Dinner all together at Mozart restaurant (address: Petite Rue des Bouchers 18, 1000 Bruxelles)

Thursday, 21 Feb 2019

Venue: European Parliament, room 6Q1 (Place Luxembourg, Brussels)

 

09:00 - 10:15 Flashmob #ThisTimeImVoting (Altiero Spinelli - European Parliament entrance)

10:15 - 11:00 Registration and security check

11:00 - 13:00 Deciding the Future of Europe

  • Jeroen Lenaers, Member of the European Parliament

  • Aurélie Maréchal, Director, European Green Foundation (EGF)

  • Gian Luca Giovannucci, President, European University College Association (EucA)

  • Pier Virgilio Dastoli, President, Movimento Europeo Italia (CIME)

 

13:00 - 13:00 Transfer to Parlamentarium

13:30 - 15:00 Celebration lunch