For the people, by the people: is Europe delivering?

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What do Citizens want

The European Young Leaders programme led by Friends of Europe is inviting citizens to meet and discuss their views with inspiring young leaders across many sectors at the Teatro Sao Luiz. This session aims to hear from them and from you.

Address: Teatro Sao Luiz, R. António Maria Cardoso 54, Lisboa

A year ago, European leaders met in Porto to address citizens’ concerns of fairness inclusivity and sustainability with the aim of placing people at the centre and to ensure no one is left behind in Europe’s recovery post pandemic.

More and better jobs, increased equality through education and eradicating poverty for 15 million were among the most significant key agreements.

Since last year, the situation in Europe has not gotten any better. As the Ukraine conflict rages on, we are now facing a winter where more and more people will have to make a choice between heating and eating. Europe is facing a significant social test as it juggles mounting anger and worries, spurred by skyrocketing economic inflation, energy prices and pressure to meet climate targets. Part of our What do Citizens want series, this session will be an opportunity for EYL40s to discuss with locals of Lisbon and Portugal.

Questions might include:

  • Do you feel Europe is fair to you and to all?
  • Do you think that the risk of falling into poverty today is higher than a year ago?

We want to hear from you. Please register here to join the European Young Leaders in conversations about what citizens really want.

Leaders in attendance include Michal Šimečka, Vice-President of the European Parliament; Francesca Cavallo, Best selling author of ‘Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls’;Stefania Kapronczay, Executive Director at the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Valentina Diouf, Volleyball player; Gustavo Carona, Intensive care Doctor; Ricardo Baptista Leite, Member of the Portuguese National Assembly; Andrea Fernández Benéitez, Secretary of Equality for the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE); Justas Janauskas, Co-Founder of Vinted; Tea Jarc, President of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Youth Committee; Ana Antunes, Head of Scientific Events and Communication at MabDesign; Jesse Klaver, Leader of the Green Dutch Party; and more.

To see profiles of the young leaders joining you may click here

This event is part of the European Young Leaders (EYL40) Lisbonseminar Who cares, do you care, do we care?

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Schedule

Welcome and coffee
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Address: Teatro Sao Luiz, R. António Maria Cardoso 54, Lisboa

Exchange quick starters

Tea Jarc

President of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Youth Committee and 2022 European Young Leader (EYL40)

Michal Šimečka

Vice-President of the European Parliament and 2022 European Young Leader (EYL40)

Followed by a conversation between you citizens and European Young Leaders

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Tea Jarc
Tea Jarc

President of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Youth Committee and 2022 European Young Leader (EYL40)

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Tea is a grassroots youth activist from Slovenia, who campaigns for social justice and actively engages in various social movements. As President of the ETUC Youth Committee, she leads the organisation in its mission to amplify the voice of the European youth workforce. Tea is also the President of Sindikat Mladi plus, a Slovenian youth trade union that represents working and unemployed Slovenian young people and students, including high school students, and seeks to protect their social and labour rights. A freelance educator, trainer and facilitator, Tea also hosts a podcast, which covers labour issues and explores labour policy alternatives that prioritise the well-being of citizens and the environment.

Michal Šimečka
Michal Šimečka

Vice-President of the European Parliament and 2022 European Young Leader (EYL40)

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Michal is the first Slovak politician to serve as a Vice-President of the European Parliament. The highest-ranked Slovak in the Parliament’s history, Michal is responsible for democracy and human rights. He is a former vice-president of Renew Europe and was the rapporteur for a key proposal to introduce a new mechanism for the protection of democracy, the rule of law and European values in member states. A champion of a free, secure and democratic Europe, Michal is a Founding Member and the Vice-President of the Progressive Slovakia, a pro-European party in Slovakia. Previously, he worked as a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague, studying European integration and security, and served as an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Michal began his professional career as a journalist for SME, a Slovak newspaper, and then the Financial Times.

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