The low turn-out among young European voters in the 2009 European elections is alarming. Moreover, out of a total of 766 Members of the European Parliament, only 2 are currently under the age of 30, whilst just 57 are under 40. This implies a lack of direct and indirect representation of young people at the heart of the EU’s democratic arena, at a time when the stakes have never been higher: youth unemployment rates are extremely high, pressure on government services, such as education, is growing and welfare systems are declining.
At this Europe@debate, young bright minds from across Europe - all participants in the FutureLab Europe programme - will present a new report, “Missing a generation in European politics – how to involve young Europeans?”, on the involvement of the younger generations in the forthcoming European elections and on EU affairs in general. We are delighted that Commissioner Andor has agreed to receive the first copy of the report and discuss it with the FutureLab Europe participants and the audience. A panel debate will follow between the young candidates and the MEPs, moderated by Janis Emmanouilidis, EPC Director of Studies.
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Member of European Parliament, ALDE (Liberals)
Sandra Petrović Jakovina
Member of European Parliament, Socialists & Democrats Group
Candidate for the European elections, Member of the National Assembly of Hungary; leader of the “Politics Can Be Different” Party (Greens)
President of the Youth European People’s Party
Monday 7 April 2014, 10.00-12.30 (followed by a sandwich lunch)
Scotland House, Rond-Point Schuman 6, 1040 Brussels
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