10.September 2018

FutureLab Europe is pleased to announce that this year’s Autumn Conference will take place from 23 to 25 September. The two-day event is a key moment for the 15 members of the seventh generation who will have the chance to exchange ideas on European identity, democratic values and equal opportunities while presenting the outcomes of their projects to policymakers and stakeholders in Brussels.

After nine months of implementation, the groups behind the five civic projects, will present these innovative ideas to to the public. Have the projects succeeded in tackling the problems they sought to address? What were the strengths and weaknesses of the projects? What lessons have the FutureLab Europe’s participants learned along the way?

The event will be composed of a policy debate entitled “Let’s shape the Europe we want! Engaging citizens ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2019” which will take place on the 24 September from 2pm to 4pm at the premises of the EPC in Brussels.
With less than a year to go until the European elections in 2019, the central issue of citizens’ trust and the legitimacy of the European institutions are once again taking centre stage. Institutionalised dialogues, online consultations and citizen panels are recent examples of attempts to include citizens in the debate on the future of Europe. In spite of this, there is a trend towards growing political disengagement and distrust in politics. How can real dialogue be fostered to increase political participation, especially among young people?

The policy debate will be the chance to discuss these questions with Stephen Boucher, political author and Executive Director of the Fondation EurActiv, Aura Salla, Adviser for Communication and Outreach at EPSC, and Assya Kavrakova, Executive Director at ECAS. On the second day, the participants will meet with Milosh Ristovski, Secretary General of JEF Europe, and Martin Speer, activist and co-founder of  #FreeInterrail, who will provide a training on stakeholder mapping, fundraising and advocacy.

At the same time, the 10 members of the Advisory Group will meet in parallel to share their experiences and discuss about the future of the programme, exploring new possibilities and and how to strengthen the inter-generational aspect of the network.

Finally, the Autumn Conference will culminate with the evening event “Crossing identities – Diversity and inclusion in Europe”. The exhibition will showcase the work of the project Crossed Paths of Europe, which explores questions of European identity as seen by locals and migrants. A panel debate with Katharina Bamber, Junior Policy Officer for the European Migration and Diversity Programme at EPC and a representative from the Belgian Red Cross will follow .The evening will also serve as an occasion for FutureLab Europe participants to gather in an informal setting and to liaise with the public in Brussels around some light refreshments. Check out the programme of the evening event here!

Register to the public debate and the evening event at n.news@epc.eu!