• School of Democracy, 19 to 22 April 2017 - Our 3rd edition!

    Share your opinions with other young people on issues such as the role of Europe in the world, development, migration, fair trade, democratic challenges and experiences and the rise of illiberal democracy.

    The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are deeply committed to the promotion of equal opportunities, diversity and multiculturalism. Therefore, feel free to tell us more about your economic, social and cultural background when applying for the School of Democracy.


    The theme of this year's event is foreign policies, where we will discuss issues such as democracy & development, fairness in international trade, globalisation and its limits, the rise of illiberal democracy as well as issues concerning Africa.

    The application for the 2017 edition of School of Democracy is now CLOSED

The Group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament will organise its third School of Democracy, from 19 to 22 April 2017, in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Share your opinions with other young people on issues such as the role of Europe in the world, development, migration, fair trade, democratic challenges and experiences and the rise of illiberal democracy.

The application for the 2017 edition of School of Democracy is now CLOSED

Over the course of three days, 100 young people from both inside and outside the EU will discuss the major issues facing Europe and the world. From development policies to migration, from fair trade to the challenges of globalisation, from the struggle for democracy in Africa to the rise of illiberal democracies in Europe and the US, participants will have the chance to debate with experts from the political, economic and academic worlds.

For more information, please contact: s-d.democracy-school@europarl.europa.eu

PROGRAMME - SCHOOL OF DEMOCRACY APRIL 2017

THE S&D GROUP BUREAU MEETS YOUNG CITIZENS

REGGIO EMILIA, 19 - 22 April 2017

Venue: University of Reggio Emilia, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Viale A. Allegri 9, 42121 Reggio Emilia

Wednesday 19 April 2017

15:00 - 17:30   Arrival & registration of participants

Meeting point: S&D stand in Hotel Mercure

18:30   Welcome of participants at University of Reggio Emilia

19:00 - 20:00  Launch of the Third edition of the School of Democracy

Welcome speeches by Gianni Pittella, President of the S&D Group, followed by Lectio Magistralis on “Democracy & globalisation” by Susan George, President of the Transnational Institute, in Aula Magna, University of Reggio Emilia

20:00 - 22:00  Reception hosted by the S&D Group outside the Aula Magna, University of Reggio Emilia with civic welcome by Luca Vecchi , Mayor of Reggio Emilia

 

Thursday 20 April 2017

09:15 - 09:45   Welcome by Javier Moreno Sánchez, Secretary-General of the S&D Group, followed by opening remarks by Frazer Clarke, Deputy Secretary-General of the S&D Group & Presentation of School of Democracy by Hannah Hoehn & Adam Jogee, Graduates of the 2016 School of Democracy

Theme of the day:  "A Foreign Policy for a more sustainable world”

 09:45 - 12:45 Workshops

Workshop 1

"Democracy & Sustainable Development"

Panellists:

Andrea Westall, Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development

Carlo Invernizzi Accetti, City College of New York

Moderator: Victor Negrescu MEP

 

Workshop 2

"Globalisation and its limits: from free trade to fair trade"

Panellists:

Ilene Grabel, University of Denver

Moderator: Giacomo Filibeck, Party of European Socialists

 

Workshop 3

"The politics of territory"

Panellists:

Marc Jacquemain, University of Liege

Jun Borras, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Moderator: Paolo De Castro MEP

 

12:45 - 15:00   Lunch in the University of Reggio Emilia

15:00 - 17:00   Plenary session

Reports from workshops

General discussion and synthesis of the workshops' work

Moderator: Anna Colombo, S&D Group

Discussant: Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists

Venue: Aula Magna, University of Reggio Emilia

 

17:00   Transfer by bus to the Cervi Institute

17:30 - 20:30   Visit to the Cervi Institute, with introduction by Albertina Soliani, President of the Cervi Institute

20:30 - 22:00   Dinner hosted by the S&D Group with live music

22:00   Transfer by bus to Hotel

 

Friday 21 April 2017

Theme of the day: "Democracy and its Global Roots"

09:00 - 09:30   Introduction to the Global Progressive Forum by Enrique Guerrero Salom MEP

09:30 - 12:30   Workshops

 

Workshop 1

"A new democratic renaissance for Africa?"

Panellists:

Haram Sidibe, Global Local Forum

Moderator: Cécile Kyenge MEP


Workshop 2

"The rise of illiberal democracy”

Panellists:

Ania Skrzypek, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)

Howard Lee, International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY)

Moderator: Brando Benifei MEP

 

Workshop 3

"The Arab Spring six years on: Democracy in Northern Africa"

Panellists:

Claudia Gazzini, International Crisis Group

Hassan Bousetta, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM)

Moderator: Ines Ayala Sender MEP

 

12:30 - 14:30   Lunch in the University of Reggio Emilia

14:30 - 15:00   Adoption of "Declaration of School of Democracy 2017" (Co-ordinator: Victor Negrescu MEP)

15:00 - 17:30  Plenary session

15:00 - 16:00  Reports from workshops

General discussion and summing up

Moderator:  Utta Tuttlies, S&D Group

 

16:00 - 17:30  Meeting and open discussion with the family of Giulio Regeni

Moderator:  James Fontanella-Khan

Venue: Aula Magna, University of Reggio Emilia

 

17:30 - 18:00   Closing session remarks & conclusions by Gianni Pittella, President of the S&D Group, and Stefano Bonaccini, President of Emilia Romagna

18:00 - 19:00   Awarding of diplomas by Gianni Pittella, President of the S&D Group

Venue: Aula Magna, University of Reggio Emilia

 

19:30               Farewell drink at Chiostri della Ghiara, Reggio Emilia

 

Saturday 22 April 2017

All day             Individual departures

 

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Are you eligible?

The next edition of School of Democracy will take place from 19 to 22 April 2017. As we want to be as inclusive as possible, travel and accommodation will be paid by the S&D Group.

To be eligible to apply you have to be between 18-25 and passionate about progressive politics. Committed to diversity and European inclusion, we also ensure there is a gender-geographic balance so that everyone in Europe is represented.

The application for the 2017 edition of School of Democracy is now CLOSED.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as places are limited!

Participants from other editions of School of Democracy will not be considered.

There will be interpretation in the main languages of the EU, but a good knowledge of English would be an advantage.

Practical information

Interested? You are advised to apply as soon as possible, as for practical reasons we can only take into consideration the first 1000 applications.

The top 100 of these will be selected for the school and will be contacted by late January 2017 at the latest. 

A detailed programme will be published shortly.

The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are deeply committed to the promotion of equal opportunities, diversity and multiculturalism. Therefore feel free to tell us more about your economic, social and cultural background when applying for the School of Democracy.

School of Democracy: when young people build the European project

When only 28% of young people participated in the last European elections, it is evident that Europe needs to inspire and reconnect with the generation that is its future and its present: YOUNG EUROPEANS.

The School of Democracy is an initiative by the S&D Group that aims at bridging this gap and involving young Europeans in a discussion of what the EU is, and how they can meaningfully contribute to the democratic process.

Over three days in Italy packed with activities, workshops and debates with MEPs, academics, policy-makers and renowned journalists we invite YOU to tell us what your vision is for Europe and help us draft new solutions! In the latest editions of School of Democracy, European youths debated about democracy, rule of law, circular economy, combatting populism and drafted a declaration for a more progressive and sustainable Europe which was adopted by our group.

We call on Europeans aged between 18-25 who have not given up on our future and want to reform Europe to apply for the next edition of School of Democracy. Tell us what YOUR vision for Europe is and join us in Reggio-Emilia next spring, 19 to 22 April 2017.

S&D Group TheProgressives ·
2017-04-22

#DemocracyDays are over. For this year. See the wrap-up of the last day & follow the class of 2017 @democracygrads https://t.co/KqjJVaKbNQ

Brando Benifei brandobenifei ·
2017-04-21

RT @UTuttlies: .@TheProgressives #DemocracyDays: Grazie & see you next year School of Democracy. Stay tuned @democracygrads & let's build #…

S&D Group TheProgressives ·
2017-04-21

RT @democracygrads: Thanks to @TheProgressives for the great dialogues and debates at the #DemocracyDays! We are happy to welcome other 100…

S&D Group TheProgressives ·
2017-04-21

RT @HoehnHannah: Thanks to the @TheProgressives for the great debates at the #democracydays! Now the journey continues with the new @democ