In partnership with University of Zagreb, 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 University of Zagreb (Faculty of Geodesy, Fra Andrije Kačića Miošića 26, HR-10105 Zagreb, Croatia).
Much has been said about the importance of multilateral institutions, like NATO and the UN, and there’s been a lot of talk about European security. The current crisis reveals that existing policy measures – despite the best intentions – have not deterred authoritarian regimes to attack democracy, holding Europe and the world to ransom. Likewise, leaders have gathered in councils to convene and agree on necessary measures to tackle the climate emergency, often leaving citizens out of the conversation.
Because citizens are the first to feel the shock of geopolitics and to deal with the realities of climate change and climate mitigating policies, this session aims to hear from them and from you.
We want to create a frank, honest and open opportunity for you to have your say, to be listened to and exchange views with some of Europe’s leading young talent.
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This session will be part of the European Young Leaders (EYL40) spring seminar “Saving Democracy from itself” and the occasion for the EYL40s to meet young Croatians and exchange with them. We are grateful to Damir Boras, Rector of the University of Zagreb and Almin Đapo, Dean of the Faculty of Geodesy, University of Zagreb for their kind support.
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Much has been made of the importance of multilateral institutions, such as NATO and the UN, and there’s been a lot of talk about European security. The current crisis reveals that existing policy measures – despite the best intentions – have not served to deter authoritarian regimes to invert democracy and hold Europe and the world to ransom.
It is amongst people and communities that the shock of geopolitics and the actions of a dictator are felt most.
This session will be the occasion for European Young Leaders to meet young Croatians and exchange with them.
- What are your reflections on what governments and institutions should do to protect you? Where are they falling short?
- What are your fears?
- In the Ukraine crisis do you understand why what seems like inaction from the West is taking place?
- How have climate measures addressed your concerns and living conditions?
- And most importantly, what can be done to make feel you safer locally?
Young Leaders in attendance will include Benedetta Berti, Head of Policy Planning at the NATO Secretary General Office; Alexandra Dariescu, Award-Winning Concert Pianist; Benjamina Karić, Mayor of Sarajevo; Fadi Quran, Campaign Director at Avaaz; Jasmina Cibic, Artist and filmmaker; Justas Janauskas, Co-Founder of Vinted; Matthew Caruana Galizia, Investigative Journalist and Director of The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation; Jesse Klaver, Leader of the Green Dutch Party; Tamara Srzentić Montenegro Minister for Public Administration, Digital Society and Media; Andrea Fernández Benéitez, Secretary of Equality for the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and Melisa Erkurt, Journalist, and Author, Editor-in-Chief of Die Chefredaktion, an Instagram based medium that produces diverse journalism by and for young people.
Benedetta Berti Alberti
Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO
Member of the Dutch House of Representatives, Leader of the Dutch green party GroenLinks and 2018 European Young Leader (EYL40)
Benedetta Berti is a foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, consultant, author and lecturer. Her work focuses on armed groups and internal wars. Berti is the author of four books, including “Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) and her work and research have appeared in various publications, including Al-Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs magazine, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among others. An Eisenhower Global Fellow and a TED Senior Fellow, Berti is also Associate Researcher at the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussels and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Jesse currently serves as the green-left party leader in the Dutch Parliament, with a mandate focused on environmental and educational issues. In his time as party leader, Jesse was instrumental in capturing 10 additional parliamentary seats, rising to an all-time high of 14, and making GroenLinks the fifth most important group in the House. Previously, Jesse was the spokesperson for Finance, Environment and Education and sat on a wide range of parliamentary committees. He has publically opposed tax evasion and has co-authored a memo on protecting the Dutch flora and fauna.
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