Debating with citizens across Europe

14 September 2018 - 17:30 - 19:00

Would you like to be among 100 citizens taking part in an inspiring discussion about the future of Europe and your political involvement? Would you be keen to let high-level policymakers know how you feel about your role as a citizen and your relationship with political leaders? And on whether you would want to be involved in decision making at local, national and European level? 

Every year, the think tank Friends of Europe brings together a new class of European Young Leaders, aged 40 and under, who have made their mark in a wide range of fields - including politics, science, business, media, NGOs, arts and civil society - and who are heading for the topmost ranks of European leadership. 

We are very excited to announce that this September, Malta will be hosting our European Young Leaders seminar – and we would like to invite you to be a part of it! This seminar will take place in the second half of a pre-election year for Europe, a key moment for European citizens to examine their understanding of the European project, assess its strengths and weaknesses and their expectations for the future of the Union, in order to shape its governance for the coming years.

One of the session is open to the public, as we want to discuss the above raised questions together with citizens. We would like to ask both our Young Leaders and Maltese citizens to discuss what practical solutions we can bring to the table to improve the direct participation of citizens in European democracies and at EU level. Our goal is to identify key recommendations that will be shared with EU decision makers in the lead up to the 2019 European elections.

Register for the event here.

Engage with the European Young Leaders Programme on Twitter and Facebook for more news on the young leaders and alumni.

Please note that the session will be held in English


Engaging people in the political process and regaining their trust is the key question facing Europe as it redefines itself during the 2019 elections campaign. But Europe can’t do this on its own. To take full advantage of this key moment, politicians and citizens need to come together to reflect on the current status of the European Project. If we are truly committed to defending and rebuilding democracy, now is the time to take joint action. 

Friends of Europe is organising several discussions with citizens on how to involve people in politics. At the last EYL40 seminar, we invited 100 Warsaw residents to join the Young Leaders for a conversation on active citizenship. In this session, we will continue the discussion, this time with Maltese citizens. We will be asking ask the Young Leaders and our Maltese participants to debate the practical implication of the recommendations tabled at the Warsaw meeting: are you willing to put in the time and effort needed to participate in politics? If yes, how? What practical tools could Europe introduce to facilitate your participation? 

The session will aim to identify key recommendations to improve the direct participation of citizens in national and EU politics. These recommendations will be shared with EU decision makers in the lead up to the 2019 European elections.

Young Leaders attending the session include: 
Bastian Obermayer, Investigative Journalist for Süddeutsche Zeitung and central figure in the ‘Panama Papers’ and ‘Paradise Papers’ investigations; Jesse Klaver, Leader of the Dutch green party ‘GroenLinks’ and Member of the House of Representatives; Nasima Razmyar, Afghan-Finnish politician, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki and a former member of the Finnish Parliament; Pavla Holcova, Founder of the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism, just to name a few.


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