The European projects stands at a cross-road. The outbreak of the financial and economic crises revealed the political and economic challenges for the future of the European Union. An ambitious conference project aims to provide the necessary impetus for the reforms of Europe.
SHAPING THE FUTURE: HARVARD, PARIS-SORBONNE (PARIS IV) AND THE COLLEGE OF EUROPE
After the initiation of the debate about Europe’s future at the Harvard University’s‘European Conference’ in March 2013, some former students of the College of Europe decided to drive forward these discussions by organizing an annually held ambitious high level conference. This project, initiated in 2013, builds on an impressive network of universities, think tanks, foundations, and sponsors. Among our prestigious partners have been and are the Bertelsmann Stiftung, EuropaNova, Febelfin, Freshfields, JEF Belgium, Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), VoteWatch and Think Young.
Bringing together politicians, academics and young leaders, two conferences under the title “Re-Inventing Europe” are organized with the view to providing platforms for this debate. Various stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss the outcome of the elections and what could be a sustainable solution to Europe’s current problems. The third edition will take place on 17 October 2015.
INVOLVING THE YOUNG GENERATION
A debate on the future of the continent cannot be conducted fruitfully without the input of the young generation. Uniting the College of Europe’s history as lively and ambitious graduate institute nurturing Europe’s future, we call our project a ‘Youth Conference’ and invite the young generation to voice its visions about the future of Europe. The topics of keynotes and panels express the perspective of the conference towards the future. Panels will incorporate young leaders and students are invited before-hand to participate via twitter and by sending in their essays about the future development of specific aspects of European integration.
This year’s Youth Conference in Bruges will consist of four conceptual parts. Kick-off will be an opening keynote on Europe’s state of affairs. In order to achieve a dynamic, exciting and interactive debate, there will be a session involving live voting by the audience on certain statements, the result of which will be discussed by the panellists. Three parallel panel debates provide the participants with a choice. Finally, two high-level speakers will enter into a debate with the aim of convincing the audience. Each part provokes and involves the participants, creating an activating, challenging conference.