Stand up, get up! Empowering citizens across Europe

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Stand up, get up!


Would you like to be among 50 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?

Join us at St. James Cavalier, Castille Place, Valletta – and bring a friend!

Together we’ll identify key recommendations that will be shared with EU decision makers in the lead up to the 2019 European elections.

Register herePlease note that the session will be held in English.

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Stand up, get up!: Empowering citizens across Europe
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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

Bastian Obermayer

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung and 2018 European Young Leader (EYL40)

Jesse Klaver

Member of the Dutch House of Representatives, Leader of the Dutch green party GroenLinks, Trustee of Friends of Europe and 2018 European Young Leader (EYL40)

Nasima Razmyar

Member of the Finnish Parliament and 2018 European Young Leader (EYL40)

Pavla Holcová

Founder of the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism and 2018 European Young Leader (EYL40)

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