• School of Democracy, 6 to 8 June 2018 - Our 4th 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.

    Share your opinions with other young people, politicians and academics on issues such as identity, citizenship, multiculturalism in a rapidly changing world, democracy and sustainable development, education to tackle inequalities.

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School of Democracy, 6 to 8 June 2018 - Our 4th edition!

The School of Democracy is an S&D Group yearly initiative where 100 young people from across Europe and abroad are invited to debate on the key political issues and challenges of our times. Over three days of passionate discussions with MEPs, academics, policy-makers and renowned journalists, young people are given a unique opportunity to express their views, concerns and hopes. Over the years, the School of Democracy has built a vivid community of young people committed to a better and progressive vision of Europe and the world.

The next edition will take place from 6 to 8 June 2018 in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

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

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PROGRAMME - SCHOOL OF DEMOCRACY JUNE 2018

 

 Draft Programme

School of Democracy

 

THE S&D GROUP BUREAU MEETS YOUNG CITIZENS

 REGGIO EMILIA, 6 - 8 JUNE  2018 

Venue: University of Reggio Emilia, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Viale A. Allegri 9, 42121 Reggio Emilia


Wednesday 6 June 2018

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

Meeting point: S&D stand in Hotel Mercure

18:45 - 19:00   Arrival of participants at University of Reggio Emilia

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

 

Welcome speeches by 

Udo Bullmann, President of the S&D Group 

  • Lectio Magistralis  by Sir Paul Collier, University of Oxford 

Moderator: Javier Moreno Sánchez, Secretary-General of the S&D Group

Venue:  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 7 June 2018

09:00 - 09:30   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 and
Presentation of School of Democracy by Dana Chiru, Social Media Team, S&D Group and Presilia Mpanu-Mpanu, Graduate of the 2017 School of Democracy


Theme of the day:  "Identity and Citizenship”

09:30 - 12:30 Workshops 

 

Workshop 1

“The revolt of the peripheries against the centre”

Fabrizio Barca, Lecturer

Catherine Fieschi, Executive Director Counterpoint

Moderator: Brando Benifei, MEP

 
 Workshop 2

"Multiculturalism and its critics"

Rene Cuperus, Political Ideologist & Journalist

Mehreen Khan, Journalist Financial Times

Moderator: Kati Piri, MEP

 

 Workshop 3

"Who is afraid of the roots?"

Panellists

Andrea RIzza Goldstein, Arci Nuova Associazione

Ania Skrzypek, FEPS

Moderator: Elly Schlein, MEP


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

15:00 - 17:00   Plenary session

 

Reports from workshops

General discussion and results of the workshops

Moderator/Conclusions: Josef Weidenholzer, MEP & Vice President of the S&D Group

 

Discussants

Péter Krekó,  Political Capital Institute

Catiuscia Marini, Committee of the Regions

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 8 June 2018

Theme of the day: "For the many, not the few: sustainable revolution"

09:00 - 12:30   Workshops

 

Workshop 1

"Sustainable financial resources for innovation”

Panellists

Ilene Grabel, University of Denver

Moderator: MEP (tbc)

 

Workshop 2

"Fighting inequalities through education"

Panellists

Anna Diamantopoulou, President of "TO DIKTIO”

Mario Piacentini, Analyst, OECD

Moderator: Silvia Costa, MEP

 

Workshop 3

"Long-term decision-making and democracy"

Panellists

Robert Ford, University of Manchester

Andrea Westall, Foundation for Democracy & Sustainable Development

Moderator:  Clare Moody, MEP

 

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

14:30 - 18:00  Plenary session

14:30 - 16:00   Reports from workshops

General discussion and summing up

Moderator: Utta Tuttlies, Head of Department, Press & Communication, S&D Group

Discussant

Enrique Barón Crespo

Venue: Aula Magna, University of Reggio Emilia

16:00 - 17:30  Keynote speech and open discussion with Walter Veltroni

Moderator: Javier Moreno Sánchez, Secretary-General of the S&D Group

17:30 - 18:00   Address by Graziano Delrio, Italian Minister of Infrastructure & Transport

18:00 - 19:00   Closing remarks & awarding of diplomas by Mercedes Bresso, Vice President
of the S&D Group

Venue: Aula Magna, University of Reggio Emilia

 19:00               Closing reception at Hostel della Ghiara, Reggio Emilia

 

Saturday 9 June 2018

All day            Individual departures

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to apply you have to be between 18 and 25 and be passionate about progressive politics.

Travel, hotel and meal expenses will be paid by S&D Group. 

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

Practical information

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 the end of March 2018 at the latest. 

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, 6 - 8 June 2018.

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