Photo exhibition in Brussels: discussing diversity and inclusion in Europe

26. September 2018 In the context of the FutureLab Europe 2018 Autumn Conference, the photo exhibition and panel debate “Crossing Identities: Diversity and Inclusion in Europe” took place on 24 September at Atelier 29.  It showcased the work of the project “Crossed Paths of Europe” which aims to highlight similarities and differences between migrants and local residents … Continue reading Photo exhibition in Brussels: discussing diversity and inclusion in Europe

The FutureLab Europe 2018 Autumn Conference: the chance to showcase our civic projects!

26.September 2018 The 2018 Autumn Conference took place from 23 to 25 September in Brussels. The two-day event marked a key moment for the 15 members of the seventh generation who had the chance to exchange ideas on European identity, democratic values and equal opportunities while presenting the outcomes of their civic projects to policymakers … Continue reading The FutureLab Europe 2018 Autumn Conference: the chance to showcase our civic projects!

The importance of youth empowerment in the European Union

31. August 2018

by Simona Pronckute

“The failure to invest in youth reflects a lack of compassion and a colossal failure of common sense.” - Coretta Scott King

EU decision-makers recognise the fact that youth engagement in society serves as an important tool for democratic development. Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union for instance gives the EU powers to promote youth participation in democratic life. At the same time, there are many indications that the socio-economic divide has widened significantly in the past few decades[1], while social exclusion and poverty are affecting more and more people across Europe[2], especially young people[3]. It is thus very important to have a better understanding of the correlations between education, socio-economic status,[4] and the level of civic and social engagement of young people.

How the migration crisis has challenged the free movement of people in Europe

12. June 2018

by Anna Saraste

At first, I see only barbed wire and then, walking through the front gates, people from all corners of the globe. A dirty, smelling stream of a liquid dimly resembling water runs down the street. Inside the camp, people huddle together in make-shift homes. One tent can hold up to ten people, daily food rations can only be obtained after queuing for hours. Up until few weeks ago, over 3,000 people had to share a single shower.