During the two-day “40 Under 40” – European Young Leaders seminar, the participants tackled the important issues of youth unemployment, migration, and foreign policy, among others, and ended the seminar with a visit to the Vatican to discuss the role of the religious establishment in the future of the European Union.
The 6th seminar, which took place in Rome, brought together a diverse and dynamic group of young Europeans to discuss key issues in European affairs.
“The time is coming for a new generation of leaders to take over in the EU,” noted Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, addressing the European Young Leaders. “We have to think of the future and how to manage it collectively.”
The “40 UNDER 40” – European Young Leaders, organised by EuropaNova and Friends of Europe, is a unique, inventive and multi-stakeholder programme that aims to promote a European identity by engaging 40 of the European Union’s most promising individuals in initiatives that will shape Europe’s future. The “40 UNDER 40” represent the future of European leadership, coming from all around the continent, with a wide array of backgrounds like politics, business, civil society, arts and culture, academia and the media. The programme was launched in 2011, with the support of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. Seminars have already taken place in Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Athens.
Founder and Chairman of The Good Lobby, Jean Monnet Professor in EU Law at HEC Paris and 2014 European Young Leader (EYL40)
Councillor to the Mayor of Rome in charge of Education, Youth and Equal opportunities
President of EuropaNova
Co-Founder and Secretary-General
Negotiation is a strategic skill for managers, administrators, civil servants and many other professions. The world in which we live is full of conflict and situations in which the art of negotiation and dialogue can be an asset to address new and complex challenges. This workshop adopts an innovative pedagogical approach, providing opportunities for participation and striking a balance between theory and practical skills
Director of the “Negotiators of Europe” programme at the Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation (ESSEC)
- Defining the social, economic and international priorities that should top the agenda
- Where do member states agree and disagree on the new EU agenda?
- In the wake of the European elections, will there be a rebalancing of powers between the EU and national authorities?
Young Leader contributions
Managing Director of EC1 Lodz – City of Culture and 2014 European Young Leader (EYL40)
Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and 2014 European Young Leader (EYL40)
Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence and Contributing Editor to Politico
Italian Undersecretary of State for European Affairs
- Can anything be done at European level, to reduce youth unemployment?
- What can be expected of the 6 billion Youth Employment Initiative covering 20 member states?
- Is enough being done to support new entrepreneurs?
- Should policymakers concentrate more on streamlining labour markets, and leave job creation to companies?
- What reforms to Europe’s education systems would improve the prospects of young people?
Young Leader contribution by
General Manager & COO, Microsoft France
Alain Le Roy
French Ambassador and former Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS)
The “40 UNDER 40” will take part in 3 workshops on specific theme-oriented case studies to identify the key questions and make recommendations for actions at a European level. An expert on each topic will take part in the workshops.
Workshop n°1: Integration of migrants and EU effective policies
Irish Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel, 2014 European Young Leader
Journalist, Writer, Filmmaker and 2013 European Young Leader (EYL40)
Workshop n°2: The European Union as a foreign policy actor
Director of International and European relations
Journalist and analyst specialising in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya, Trustee of Friends of Europe and 2013 European Young Leader (EYL40)
Workshop n°3: Bridging Europe’s North – South gap
Professor of Law at Teramo University and 2013 European Young Leader (EYL40)
Founder and Publisher at NewsMonkey and 2017 European Young Leader (EYL40)
A plenary session to enable facilitators to share with the group the outcomes and recommendations of the workshops.
- Can member states invest in their own and Europe’s futures while respecting the 3% public deficit rule?
- What public sector areas should be given top priority for investment and current spending? And which should be reined in?
- Can the calls in some EU countries for education and culture to be spared from spending cuts be needed?
Young Leader contributions
Managing Director of the Re-Define think tank and European Young Leader Alumnus
Country Manager, Reach for Change and 2014 European Young Leader (EYL40)
Italy correspondent of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and President of the Foreign Press Association in Rome
Msg Robert Murphy
Diplomat of the Secretariat of State of the Vatican City
Permanent correspondent in Rome, La Croix
Alberto Alemanno is an academic, author and activist. He is currently Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and Public Policy at HEC Paris. Committed to bridging the gap between academic research and policy action, Alberto has pioneered innovative forms of civic engagement and campaigning in the EU transnational space through his civic start-up, The Good Lobby. His book, “Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society”, provides a timely analysis and guide to levelling the democratic playing field by empowering ordinary citizens to speak up and inform policy decisions at the local, national and international levels. He is a regular contributor to Le Monde, Bloomberg, Politico Europe, Forbes, and Il Sole 24 Ore, and his scholarly work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, The Financial Times, as well as Science and Nature.
Geert Cami co-founded Friends of Europe, the action-oriented think tank, in 1999. As Secretary General, Geert mainly deals with the strategic development of Friends of Europe, he coordinates the work of the high-level Boards involved in the governance of the organisation and chairs the Strategic Leadership meetings. He oversees both the financial health and the successful running of the organisation and its flagship initiatives, and focuses on the expansion and the activation of Friends of Europe’s vast network of trustees, European young leaders and other senior political, corporate, media and societal contacts and partners throughout the world.
He initiated and founded TownHall Europe in 2019 (the Davignon Centre for New Leadership) next to the European Parliament in Brussels.
Geert also headed the European conference organising, press relations and publishing company Forum Europe for more than ten years, and managed the revival of one of Belgium’s finest architectural examples of Art Nouveau, after creating La Maison de l’Europe in the prestigious 100 year-old Bibliothèque Solvay.
At the outset of his career, Geert worked for a few years in ECHO at the European Commission, as deputy in the newly set-up Information and communications unit. His focus was mainly on raising the profile of the EU’s humanitarian efforts throughout the world, through publications and media initiatives such as exhibitions, television debates or Humanitarian Days in Member States.
He also worked for 2 music programmes at Belgian public Radio 1, and very briefly as a teacher and TV journalist.
Paul is a Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and the author of Friends of Europe’s European Defence Cooperation report series. A Paris-based journalist, he also writes the “Europe at Large” column for Politico. He previously spent four decades working for Reuters as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Tehran, Bonn and Brussels, as bureau chief in Israel/Palestine, Berlin and Brussels, as chief correspondent in France, as diplomatic editor in London, and finally as European affairs editor. His assignments have included covering the Iranian revolution, the Cold War Euromissile crisis, the 1991 Gulf War, German reunification, the Maastricht summit, France in the 1990s, EU enlargement, the Eurozone crisis and the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt.
Blazej is Managing Director of EC1 Lodz, a cultural hub which hosts cultural, educational and business events in Poland’s third largest city. It also houses three museums dedicated to science, the heritage of motion pictures and the phenomenon of comics and video games art. Blazej is an expert in project management, with over a decade’s worth of experience in project development, implementation and operation. He is the former managing director of the New Center of Lodz, a large urban redevelopment programme aimed at revitalising the area around the Lodz railway station to create a new multifunction city centre. He has also previously served in a number of key executive roles in various regional and local public utilities companies and business environment institutions. Blazej currently serves as an advisor to the Board for International Affairs of the Civil Development Forum.
Irene Tinagli is an Italian economist and politician who has been serving in the European Parliament since 2019. Before coming to Brussels, Tinagli was a Member of the Italian Parliament, sitting on the Committee on Public and Private Employment and on the Committee on Infancy and Childhood. She also taught Management and Organisation Design at the Carlos III University in Madrid and worked as an expert for the European Commission on creativity and innovation. In Italy, Tinagli served as an advisor to the Minister of Culture, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Justice.
Alain Le Roy is a French diplomat. He previously served as Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Senior Counsellor at the Cour des Comptes, French Ambassador to Italy, and as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, among others.
Malcolm is an Irish politician for the centrist Fianna Fáil party and currently serves as a Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel of the Irish Parliament. Malcolm formerly served as a member of the lower house for the Wexford constituency from 2019 to 2020, prior to which he was a member of Wexford Country County Council from 2009 to 2019 and Mayor of Gorey. Additionally, Malcolm was the Head of Communications and Public Affairs with the Higher Education Authority, the statutory agency in Ireland that allocates public funding to higher education and advises government on higher education and research policy. Having worked for various lobbying and representative organisations throughout his career, Malcolm was also the first commercial manager with myhome.ie, Ireland’s most successful property website. Outside of his professional career, Malcolm has completed over 30 marathons.
Rokhaya is a human rights activist committed to anti-racism work. She is currently the Host and Co-Editor of “Egaux, mais pas trop” (Equal, but not too much), a series of reports on diversity issues in France, and has previously held a number of noteworthy positions in the television field, basing her work primarily on social and political issues. The Founder and former president of Les Indivisibles, a French organisation that uses humour and irony to fight racism, Rokhaya is also a published author, scriptwriter and award-winning director of several documentaries. She is a member of several NGOs and organisations that base their work on social awareness and also sits on the board of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) Foundation. In 2012, she received the COJEP International Award for her work against racism and discrimination.
Mary is a journalist and analyst specialising in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. She has worked on Libya since 2011 and lived there throughout 2014. Her work has appeared in publications including the Economist, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and the Guardian. She has conducted research on Libya for the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMED) among others. She is a contributing author to an edited volume on the Libyan revolution published by Oxford University Press. In her previous role as Irish Times foreign affairs correspondent, she reported from 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. She is a member of the Global Women’s Forum ‘Rising Talents’ network.
Michel is Professor of Industrial Relations and Labour Law at the Law Faculty of Teramo University, Professor at the Italian National School of Government and Visiting Professor of Labour Law at the Law Faculty of L.U.I.S.S. Guido Carli University in Rome. Michel was appointed Deputy Minister for Labour and Social Policy by Prime Minister Mario Monti in November 2011, a position he held until Spring 2013. He previously served as Legal Advisor to the Minister for Public Administration and Innovation and to the Minister of Employment and Social Affairs, and has represented Italy in the Board of Directors of Eurofound. He is a registered barrister at the Court of Rome, and in 2009 he and his brother founded the law firm Martone & Martone. Michel is a member of various think tanks, an editor for newspapers and specialised journals on labour and economic issues, and the author of many publications on labour law.
Wouter is the founder of Newsmonkey.be, a social media tailor-made news website, partly funded by a successful crowd-funding action. In 2013, he made a documentary and book about the future of the news business: Stop The Presses: the Golden Age of Journalism starts now. The documentary was partly based on his experience as the Editor-in-Chief of De Morgen that he managed for over 2 years. Before that, he worked at De Standaard, as a political journalist, and won several Belfius-press prizes. During that period he acquired his passion for politics and the inner workings of the system, which resulted in a fiction series about Belgian politics that he co-wrote for television and that will air in Belgium. He holds an MA in Political Journalism from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York. He also has a Master in Business from the Vlerick Management School in Ghent and a Masters in Politics at Ghent University and Université de Bretagne Occidentale.
Sony is an influential economist, financial sector expert and development practitioner, who currently leads the Re-Define think tank. He advises the EU, central banks, large investors, governments, regulators and multilateral institutions on economic, fiscal, investment and financial policy. He has a multidisciplinary role at the London School of Economics as Strategy Advisor to the Systemic Risk Centre and Senior Visiting Fellow in Development and Public Policy. He is also a special advisor to the UNEP on green finance. Before Re-Define, Sony worked for ICICI, India’s largest investment bank. Sony co-founded the International Tax Justice Network, Europeans for Financial Reform and Finance Watch, and launched the inter-governmental Illicit Finance Task Force. His substantial contribution to financial reform, tackling the euro crisis and promoting development has been recognised by the World Economic Forum naming him a Young Global Leader and by the Royal Society of Arts electing him a Fellow.
Yuriy is a Country Manager for Bulgaria of the International Foundation “Reach for Change” which supports social innovators and social entrepreneurs in 18 countries at 3 continents. He has more than 20 years of experience in the non-governmental sector in Bulgaria and Europe working for the capacity building of the independent social and cultural organisations, as well fighting for government transparency and effectiveness. He believes that the change starts from bottom up and the innovation emerges from the periphery, not from the center. German Marshall Fund and Salzburg Global Seminar Alumni. Member of the Strategy Group of the European Initiative “A Soul for Europe”.
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