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.
Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris, Founder of The Good Lobby and 2014 European Young Leader
Councillor to the Mayor of Rome in charge of Education, Youth and Equal opportunities
President of EuropaNova
Co-Founder and Secretary-General at Friends of Europe
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
Director, EC1 Lodz, 2014 European Young Leader
Member of the Committee on Public and Private Employment and on the Committee on Infancy and Childhood, Chamber of Deputies, Italy, 2014 European Young Leader
Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe and Contributing Editor for 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
Head of Communications at the Irish Higher Education Authority, 2014 European Young Leader
Co-founder, Les Indivisibles, 2013 European Young Leader
Workshop n°2: The European Union as a foreign policy actor
Director of International and European relations
Libya Analyst, Award-Winning Journalist, 2013 European Young Leader
Workshop n°3: Bridging Europe’s North – South gap
Professor of Law at Teramo University, 2013 European Young Leader
Founder and Publisher at NewsMonkey, 2017 European Young Leader
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 think tank Re-Define, 2014 European Young Leader
Country Manager, Reach for Change, 2014 European Young Leader
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 is an academic, author and activist. He’s currently Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, Alberto pioneered innovative forms of civic engagement and campaigning in the EU transnational space via his civic start up The Good Lobby and his campaigns contributed to democratizing the EU. His last 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 local, national and international level. A Harvard graduate, he’s a regular contributor to Le Monde, Bloomberg, Politico Europe, Forbes, and Il Sole 24 Ore, and his scholarly and public interest work has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, the Financial Times as well Science and Nature. The World Economic Forum nominated him Young Global Leader in 2015.
Geert Cami co-founded Friends of Europe in 1999 and now mainly deals with the strategic development (from concepts to fundraising and implementation) of our think-tank and its flagship projects. He also focuses on the expansion and the activation of our vast network of senior political, corporate, media and societal contacts throughout the world, and coordinates the work of the Boards involved in the governance of the organisation. Since its launch in February 2019, Geert also runs TownHall Europe, the Davignon Centre for New Leadership, next to the European Parliament in Brussels.
In the nineties, Geert worked for a few years in ECHO at the European Commission, where he helped create and develop the then newly set-up Information and Communications Unit. His focus was mainly on raising the profile of the EU’s humanitarian efforts throughout the world, managing the Information Budget and dealing with outreach through publications and media initiatives such as exhibitions, television debates or Humanitarian Days in Member States.
Geert also headed the European conference organising, press relations and publishing company Forum Europe for more than ten years. At the outset of his career, Geert 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 a Managing Director at the New Center of Lodz Authority which is one of the biggest urban, social, investment programs which is currently realised in Central Europe. He is in charge of transforming the city of Lodz – the 3rd largest Polish city – into a modern and knowledge-based metropolis focusing on the rebuilding of the old railway station and revitalising the urban area around the station (100 ha) to create a new multifunctional city centre. Blazej is also Advisor to the Board for International Affairs of the Civil Development Forum. He is an International and Political Studies graduate from the University of Lodz and a PhD student in Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics.
Irene is currently a Member of the Italian Parliament sitting on the Committee on Public and Private Employment and on the Committee on Infancy and Childhood. Irene also teaches Management and Organisation Design at the Carlos III University in Madrid. Prior to this, she worked as an expert for the EU Commission on creativity and innovation as an advisor to the Ministry of Education, research and innovation on smart cities and social innovation policies. She is Member of the Board of Italia Futura, an advocacy think tank, for which she coordinated campaigns and benchmarked several European countries and international policies. Irene holds a PhD in Public Policy and a MSPPM from Carnegie Mellon University.
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 Head of Communications with the Higher Education Authority, the Irish state agency that advises government on higher education and research and funds the higher education institutions. He is also a councillor and former mayor for the centrist Fianna Fail party. He has previously served as Vice-President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, as Education Officer with the Union of Students in Ireland, as an Executive member of the European Students Union and as Youth Spokesperson for the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe. He previously worked as commercial manager of myhome.ie, Ireland’s most successful property website and as chief executive of a national children’s organisation. A graduate in law and arbitration from University College Dublin, Malcolm is currently completing a Doctorate in Governance at Queen’s University Belfast. He has completed 26 marathons.
Rokhaya is a human rights activist, journalist and Founder and former President of Les Indivisibles, a French organisation that uses humour and irony to fight racism. She is the Host and Co-Editor of “Egaux, mais pas trop” (Equal, but not too much), a series of reports on diversity issues in France. She has held several other noteworthy positions in the television field, basing her work primarily on social and political issues. In 2009, she co-directed the documentary Immigration, the words to tell it. Rokhaya has a Master’s in Marketing and Distribution in TV and Cinema Industry from the Sorbonne, a Master’s in Negotiation and Marketing and a Master’s in International and European Law. She is a published author and prolific conference speaker and is a member of several NGOs and organisations that base their work on social awareness. In 2012, she was awarded the “Award for Involvement against racism and discrimination” by COJEP International.
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 the Director of the international think-tank Re-Define. He is an influential economist, financial sector expert and development practitioner. Sony 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 Adviser to the Systemic Risk Centre and Senior Visiting Fellow in Development and Public Policy. He is also a special adviser 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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