The Young Perspective on Europe

Europe is a multi-level governance system and participation in European democracies starts at grassroots level. Yet, every day’s news show that policy-makers, both at the European and national level, are disconnected from citizens’ daily considerations and that Europe is too often perceived as an elite project. To turn this around, FutureLab Europe encourages young Europeans in their active citizenship efforts at their level, i.e. their communities. It offers the young citizens of Europe the concrete chance to shape the reality around them by providing support for the implementation of their own projects. At the same time, the programme connects young and active citizens, who have a strong interest in matters of European relevance, mainly democracy and participation, equal opportunities for young people, and European identity. Participants of FutureLab Europe develop their own ideas and positions and take responsibility and actions by implementing their own projects, while using them to address decision-makers with specific messages. 

Aged 20 to 30, the 105 participants of FutureLab Europe from 30 countries – EU and non-EU – contribute their young and innovative ideas to current European topics:

1. Democratic values in Europe:

What can we, as young Europeans, do to ensure that Europe's democratic values are at the basis of our societies?

2. Equal opportunities:

How can we, as young people, ensure that our society and economy offer the same opportunity to all of us?

3. European Identity:

Has European identity a meaning for us, as young people, and how can we contribute to further foster it?

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Call for applications – Join the FutureLab Europe Programme !

Are you an ambitious and creative young European aged 20-30 who is actively engaged in civil society actions and for whom active citizenship is of particular relevance? Do you have a strong interest in Europe and do you believe that citizens have an important role to play in influencing the direction of our continent? Are you interested in running a project related to democratic participation, equal opportunities or European identity in your community or beyond? If so, we would be pleased to welcome you as a member of the sixth generation of the FutureLab Europe programme. FutureLab Europe is selecting 20 bright and committed young Europeans for its 2017 edition.

 

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FutureLab Europe launched the publication "Bring Back the Citizens! How to revive democratic participation for a citizens-led Europe"

FutureLab Europe's 5th generation launched its publication "Bring Back the Citizens! How to revive democratic participation for a citizens-led Europe" at the 2016 FutureLab Europe Spring Conference. On that occasion, the 5th Generation of FutureLab Europe discussed participatory democracy with Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament and Antonio Silva Mendes, Director for Youth and Sport in the Directorate General for Education and Culture in the European Commission.

 

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FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation discussed democratic participation with MEP Sven Giegold and DG EAC Director Antonio Silva Mendes

FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation discussed its publication “Bring Back the Citizens! How to Revive Democratic Participation for a citizens-led Europe” with Antonio Silva Mendes, Director for Youth and Sport at DG Education and Culture in the European Commission and Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament. 

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