European Youth Debate 2017: Let’s Rebuild Europe

European Youth Debate 2017: Let’s Rebuild Europe

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On the 20th April 2017, over 80 students from across Europe united in Milan to participate, discuss and debate on the future of Europe. The three day conference, which took place in Palazzo Clerici at the ISPI foundation, debated on four main topics:

  • International trade;
  • Sustainable Development;
  • Research and Innovation
  • European Citizenship. 

Eugenie Valentin, student in the European Affairs Masters at Sciences Po Paris, represented the Association of the Masters of European Affairs (AMAE) in the European Citizenship team. 

Over the span of three days, Federico Calciolari and his colleagues supervised the team “European Citizenship”, composed of around 20 students from different academic backgrounds ranging from Political sciences, law and physics. However one force drove us all forward; creating and promoting the sentiment of European Identity.

During two days in the Permanent Representation of the European Commission in Milan, we concluded the main conflicts behind the problem of European citizenship, and drafted a resolution with policy proposals of how to improve the sentiment of European citizenship. These varied from the implementation of European education in High Schools across Europe, a wider coverage of European parliamentary elections, and citizenship for non-EU citizens living in the EU. Every single participant brought new innovative proposals to the table based on their country of origin, their experiences, studies and professional pursuit, making the debate more intense, and driven with motivation.

Our project, which was voted through to approval alongside the three others, will be presented at the European Parliament in Strasbourg July this year.

The event was a huge success, filled with motivation from all participants and a great way to network across Europe. With all the best from Sciences Po and hope the partnership with European Generation will strengthen in the future!

 

Eugenie Valentin, student in European Affairs, Sciences Po-LSE

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