On 17 October 2013 a group of 52 outstanding and ambitious young Europeans – students as well as professionals – will come together at the College of Europe in Bruges to sharpen and focus their views on the prospects and future shape of Europe. Their aim is to define measures and implementations the Council needs to decide on during the upcoming October meeting.
Discussions with EU-officials, NGO-representatives and leading experts in the days before the meeting will prepare the ground for the group’s workshop in Bruges. Here, the young Europeans will specifically tackle the issues on the Council’s agenda: innovation and digital agenda, Eastern neighborhood and the soaring youth unemployment.
The next morning, the group will hand over their manifesto at the European Council to high-level representatives of the Cabinet of Herman van Rompuy. They will make it clear, that Europe’s youth has been hit hard by the recent developments and European decision makers can no longer avoid the open dialogue with those affected by the crisis. Especially not those, they expect at the same time to be “the future of Europe”.
The workshop in Bruges is part of the FutureLab Europe Annual Forum programme and is organized in partnership with ThinkYoung. All participants are aged 20 to 30 and come from over 28 European countries, EU-member states as well as non-members.