The Porto Debating Society organised a public debate on youth unemployment on the 12th of December at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. About thirty students saw a debate between Álvaro Novo, research economist at the Structural Studies division at the Banco de Portugal (Portuguese Central Bank), Ricardo Carvalho, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Portuguese Youth Foundation, and Pedro Costa, an unemployed young economics graduate.
Should Europe focus on growing its markets, or strengthen its social programs? That choice was debated by two politicians and two student debaters in front of an interested and active audience at the Technischen Universität Dresden on the 11th of November. The debate was part of the German debate series Klartext Europa and the IDEA debate project Debate changing Europe. Dr.
Should the EU stimulate young people to seek employment abroad if they cannot find work at home? Should funding for tackling youth unemployment be given to all regions with high unemployment numbers or only to those in countries with high general levels of unemployment? What controls should be put on companies when providing internships?
The Utrecht Debating Society organised a public debate on the future of Europe on the 27th of May. About fifty people made their way to the Instituto Cervantes for the IDEA project Debate changing Europe event. They participated in a debate with Labour Party Euroskeptic René Cuperus and university teacher international and political history Mathieu Segers.
The last day of the training programs of Debate changing Europe started with a relaxing boat trip on the Meuse/Maas river for which Maastricht is named. The participants discussed the things they had learned on their visit to Brussels, took in the lovely environments or just soaked up the sun. They then moved on to Chateau Bethlehem, a training location for the local hotel school and the perfect place to close off the training event.
The participants of Debate changing Europe moved to Brussels today. They had learned about lobbying and advocacy strategies in Europe in Maastricht the day before. Now they spent the day in Brussels to experience how the institutions of the EU function in real life. They came back filled with new impressions and a much broader understanding of the balances and nuances within the EU.
The Debate changing Europe event opened on Monday June 3 with a training on lobbying skills in Maastricht. The training included theoretical information on lobbying and the practical workings of the European Union as well as practical exercises to familiarize the students with the lobbying process.
Thirty students from all over Europe will be gathering in Maastricht today for the Common European Event of the university project Debate changing Europe. They will learn how to use their debating skills or public advocacy and lobbying in the European Union, how to navigate the EU institutional processes and they will exchange views on how to improve youth employment across Europe.
The Stockholm IV was the first ever debate tournament in English held in Stockholm and only the second of its kind held in Sweden after the Lund Open of 2011. The Student Debating Society of the Stockholm School of Economics were the main organisers of the event, which was part of the Debate changing Europe project, a European tournament and public debate series.