05 Oct 2013

'Youth Conference' in cooperation with Europa Nova, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

From 10:00 till 18:00
Building A - Auditoria

Verversdijk, Bruges campus
Verversdijk 16
8000 Brugge

Verversdijk, Bruges campus


A 'Youth Conference' at the College of Europe, in cooperation with Europa Nova, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

The European project stands at the crossroads. The outbreak of the recent financial and economic crises reveals the economic, legal and political challenges for the future course of the European Union. An ambitious European conference project aims to provide the necessary impetus for the reforms of Europe. 





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After the initiation of the debate about Europe’s future at the Harvard University's 'European Conference' in March 2013, the College of Europe decided to drive forward these discussions by organizing an ambitious high-level follow-up in cooperation with the think tank  'Europa Nova', the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the University Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) in Paris.

Bringing together politicians, academics, business leaders, artists and young leaders, two conferences are organized with the aim of stimulating this debate. Various stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss what could be a sustainable solution to Europe's current problems. The first conference, entitled  "Europe in Crisis - Re-Inventing the Continent", will be held in Bruges on 5 October 2013. Starting the discussion about the most relevant challenges of Europe's further development, it aims at providing input for the "Conference EUROPA" taking place at the Sorbonne University the 26 and 27 October 2013. Click on the link for further information: http://www.conference-europa.eu/ 


The Youth Conference in Bruges will consist of four thematic parts. High-level keynote speakers and panellists discuss the future challenges in the four areas of law, economics, international relations and politics. Each part will open with a speech on a specific topic given by a keynote speaker, followed by a discussion with a moderator. This includes questions from the audience in order to achieve a dynamic, exciting and interactive debate. After the keynote speech, the four topic areas are further discussed in a panel discussion (Check the programme here).


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 think tank about 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 beforehand to participate via twitter and by exposing their essays about the future development of specific aspects of European integration.

For further information about how to submit policy proposals, refer to the Call for Papers. Re-inventing the Continent.

Panel 1 (Auditorium 1)

Panel 2 (Auditorium 2)

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