Call for the International Conference “Do you speak European”

The 2019 European Parliament elections present an important moment for discussion about state of the EU; diffusion of information on European affairs, and active participation. At the same time, many young people are not interested in these elections for various reasons – they are influenced by populist rhetoric, don’t have enough information, are rather skeptical about the EU and don’t think that their vote will change anything, or they don’t see any good candidates. There is a lot of discussion on how to convince young people to vote, and one of the most effective tools is political campaigning.

 

In this context, the European Youth Press and University Roma Tre organise conference “Do you speak European” that will focus on questions such as: how has the campaigning changed over the time, why are classical parties less successful, how to motivate young people to be active in political life and candidate or vote, which changes in terms of electoral system can be made, or whether is the EU wide campaign possible?

 

Do You Speak European? conference is organized within the project Vote4Europe-2019 and aims at bringing EU closer to its citizens, sharing experiences and ideas related to the European political communication and promoting its higher quality. It will bring together Members of the European Parliament, young media makers, researchers, representatives of civil society active at European level, and young EU citizens in general.

During the conference, the outcomes of the Vote4Europe project will be presented as well. During the after-lunch workshop, the participants will explore YouthMetre and other tools facilitating active citizenship and youth advocacy.

 

This event will be an opportunity to explore topic of European Parliament elections from various angles, discuss your opinions and ideas related to EU with people representing diverse professions, and get insights into tools for effective youth participation in political life.

 

If you decide to attend, you will be part of inspiring environment where you can share your ideas for better EU. Don’t wait and submit the registration form accessible at https://forms.gle/3Zv5G3AtnxGcsi4u7.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Brussels on 7 May!

 

Venue: Le Châtelain Boutique Hôtel, Rue du Châtelain 17, 1000 Brussels

 

Agenda:

Opening (10:00 – 11:15)

  • Niels Timmermans, EYP treasurer (why this project and its topic are important for media makers)
  • Martin Maska, Board member of European Dialogue Slovakia and member of the Paneuropean Union Austria (elections and campaigning in the future, is the EU-wide campaign possible?)
  • Emőke Péter, European Commission’s representative (Commissions package of measures to support free and fair European elections)

Panel discussion (11:30 – 13:00)

  • prof. Edoardo Novelli, University Roma Tre (presentation of Vote4Europe-2019 project)
  • Anna Udre, journalist (EP elections in media, Latvian perspective)
  • Richard Brix, researcher (awareness of the EP among young people, Slovakian experiences)
  • Thomas Grau, researcher (U18 project – elections for young people who don’t have voting right)
  • Miguel Góngora, chairperson of Children and Youth Parliament Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (young people campaigning and changing policies at local level)

Workshop (14:30 – 16:00)

  • Media literacy and analysis with particular attention to political campaigns
  • Online tools can be used for European political awareness raising (GeoCitizen, eSPOONe, YouthMetre)

Networking

Updated list of speakers will be published on this webpage and sent to registered participants one week before the event.

 

The Vote4Europe-2019 project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union under Jean Monnet Projects action.