How do you feel about your role as a citizen and your relationship with political leaders? Does your vote count? Would you want to be involved in decision making at local, national and European level? Do you want to be among 100 citizens to take part in an inspiring discussion with talented young leaders from a wide range of fields?
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.
In March 2018, the European Young Leaders will meet at the beginning of a pre-election year for the EU, during which the jostling of right-wing populists and left-leaning neoliberals will move from the national arenas of member states to take centre-stage at the regional level. It's a key moment for European citizens to examine their understanding of the European project, assess its strengths and weaknesses as well as their expectations for the future of the Union. The session will provide a unique opportunity to meet the young leaders and alumni in an informal setting to discuss Europe's key challenges.
You can register to the session here.
Please note that the session will be held in English. This debate is executed in cooperation with the City of Warsaw, the office of the Polish Ombudsman and the Casimir Pulaski Foundation.
16.15 - 16.45
16.45 - 18.15
You will have a unique opportunity to help identify three key recommendations for ways to improve the direct participation of citizens in European democracies. These recommendations will also be translated into a series of live, pan-European debates on direct democracy and shared with EU decision-makers in the lead up to the 2019 European elections.
Direct democracy and citizens' participation are increasingly significant to re-establish the relationship and trust between citizens and decision-makers. Across the world as well as in Europe, there are examples of citizens being involved in making decisions on budgets, urban planning, healthcare, standardisation and even constitution.
It is time to leave your mark and be a change-maker. Register to join by clicking here. We look forward to hearing from you!
The creative, highly committed and passionate European Young Leaders Class of 2018 include:
John Collison, President & Co-Founder of Stripe / Brune Poirson, French Secretary of State for Ecological and Inclusive Transition / Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society / Alexandra Dariescu, award-winning pianist / Nasima Razmyar, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki / Selina Juul, Founder and Chairman of the Stop Wasting Food movement / Diane Binder, Member of the French Presidential Council on Africa / Pavla Holcova, founder of the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism.
Learn more about the new class
Introductory remarks by
Stefania Karponczay, Executive Director of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Hungary
Sammy Mahdy, Chairman of the youth wing of the Flemish CD&V party, Belgium
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe