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.
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.
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.
The past few years have not been easy ones for the European project. FutureLab Europe’s fifth generation drafted a Manifesto calling for concrete measures to address the root causes of European malaises by bridging the gap between citizens and decision makers. Join the conversation and endorse our Manifesto!
FutureLab Europe is profoundly shocked by today’s attacks in Brussels and wishes to express its most sincere solidarity with the victims and their families. We strongly condemn the use of violence and are particularly concerned as the attacks targeted the beating heart of Europe and people - mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends – going to work, travelling home, going peacefully about their daily lives.
FutureLab Europe is firmly committed to the values of democracy, dialogue, respect and mutual understanding between different cultures and we will continue promoting intercultural dialogue, successful integration of minorities and equal opportunities for everyone with renewed strength and commitment.
On February 26-27, 2016 FutureLab Europe took part in the Ronda Forum 2016, an international forum organised by the Real Maestranza Foundation and ITER Alumni. This year’s Forum, entitledThe Cities We Want, The Cities We Need,focused on social entrepreneurship and its role in transforming Europe’s small cities and peripheral regions into attractive places for its citizens, especially for the young generation.
During a dedicated Europe@debate session, FutureLab Europe participants Hanna Pieńczykowska and Franz Allmayer discussed with Member of the European Parliament Sofia Ribeirotheir ideas for new models of local economic development and reflected upon the role of social entrepreneurship in fostering sustainable growth both in remote areas and in the periphery of Europe.
2015 had been hailed by many observers as the year during which voters would finally decide if the EU would survive. In recent years, several elements piled up suggesting the erosion of democracy in Europe: low turn-out in the elections (be it national or European), growing dissatisfaction of citizens against the establishment, low participation in civil society movements and recent constitutional changes in countries like Hungary. Several of these elements continued and in some cases further consolidated throughout 2015. FutureLab Europe, as a programme committed to empowering the voice of young Europeans and to the nurturing of active democracies and democratic participation, followed election processes and over the year, FutureLab Europe participants shared their opinions on elections in Europe on our blog. As the year has now come to an end, it is useful to look back at what happened in order to understand how the situation evolved and what challenges lie ahead.