EDGE Youth Cafe: EU elections, so what? connecting European democracy to your future

Wednesday 15 May 2019, 13:30 to 19:00
KVS. Arduinkaai 7, Quai aux Pierres de Taille, 1000 Brussel

In the run-up to the 2019 European Parliament elections, the VUB invites you to discuss and reflect about European democracy and your future. Why would you vote in the upcoming EP elections? How can you, and other young citizens, give direction to the future of Europe, in the ballot box, and beyond? 

On the 15th of May, we want you to explore your “connections” to the EU, through national and European elections, but also through deliberative events, public spaces, art and cultural interactions. 

We have invited a range of inspiring experts, each representing one of these connections. Their contributions will be alternated by Youth Cafés, discussion tables of five participants. We want to hear how you feel you can (or can not) shape the future of Europe. The conclusions of these interactive sessions will be bundled, to inspire a plenary debate with the experts at the end of the day. 

The aim is to fill the room with a plethora of small conversations (five people per table) that together conform a kaleidoscopic vision on alternative connections with European democracy. 

Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory (attendance: max. 200 participants). Please note that the target audience for this Youth Café is people aged from 18 to 35.

  • 13.30 – 18.00: Youth café
  • 18:00 - 19.00: Drinks reception

This event is organised as part of the VUB strategic research programme Evaluation Democratic Governance in Europe (EDGE).