On September 24, 2019, the final EngagEU debate took place in Brussels with the participation of newly elected MEPs and representatives of the WiseEuropa foundation and other partner organizations.
There were discussed the most important issues that have been written in Manifesto of young Europeans which was written as the results of ideas created during former meetings. Within the project, which has been lasting from September 2018 to September 2019, several debates and workshops were organized in particular countries of partner organizations – in Germany, Poland, France and Brussels. The final debate was a culmination of the long-lasting work of all the organizations participating in the project: the leader of the project – Institut für Europäische Politik from Germany and the partner organizations – Centre International de Formation Europeene from France and Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) from Brussels and the WiseEuropa foundation from Poland.
The debate was moderated by Jacki Davis – a leading commentator and analyst for European Union affairs, a moderator with many years of journalistic experience. Newly elected MEPs – Brando Benifei, Katalin Cseh, Svenja Hahn and Niklas Nienass, who could hear the voices of the younger generation, also actively participated in the discussion.
The Brussels debate is a summary of all the foregoing #4YoungCitizens’FutureLabs in four partner countries and additional workshops in Berlin where Manifesto has been written. This document is the voice of the young generation, represented by all meeting participants and representatives of partner institutions. There are the most important challenges that the European Union will face.
During the project lasting from September 2018 to September 2019 young citizens from all over Europe were invited to discuss the selection of relevant topics debated in the meetings of the four # YoungCitizens’FutureLab. The aim of the project was to give them a strong voice in the election campaign preceding the universal European elections in May 2019. After the consultation process, collected ideas and demands of young people have been discussed during #YoungCitizens’Conventions in Berlin on April 2019, while the meeting of Manifesto authors with the president of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and with the candidates standing for an election to European Parliament. During the debate, the candidates focused on the main topics related to ideas collected in Manifesto – European Identity, Environmental Policy, Integration Policy and Foreign Policy.
Project #EngagEu has aimed at the point the attention on the opinion of the young generation – their ideas and demands related to the future of the EU. The #EngagEU project means the opportunity of mobilizing and empowering the youth to participate in EU decision making, especially in the general European Parliament elections. It means also increasing overall identification with Europe among the young citizens and transferring of knowledge about political processes on a European level to enable young citizens to participate successfully in decision-making. Manifesto and all the events were aimed at developing concrete demands for the future of Europe that were addressed to the newly elected EP members.