A major challenge for the EU is “bridging the gap” between young Europeans and EU Institutions, and improving dialogue, in order to enhance young people trust, identification and their active engagement in EU issues. Ensuring that all young Europeans have equal opportunities for participation and for having their voices heard is essential for the future of the Union.
The CATCH-EyoU project addressed the factors, at different levels (psychological, contextual-interactional, macro social) influencing young European’s perspectives on the EU and the different forms of youth engagement in Europe. A major aim has been to understand how EU and national Institutions can be supported in cultivating a generation of informed, competent, critically aware young Europeans to revitalize the EU democratic project.
D uring the conference the following topics will be discussed:
• Young Europeans and the EU. Representations and identifications of a generation approaching the 2019 European elections
• Young Europeans and participation. Beyond traditional forms of engagement towards alternative ways of co-constructing democracy across generations
• Closing the gap between young people and (EU) institutions? Lessons learned from research
The conference is structured into two main parts. The first day (Sept. 6) will include panel sessions in which the key findings and recommendations from the project will be discussed with the contribution of experts and stakeholders. The second day (Sept. 7, morning) will include a special youth event in which high school students from five consortium countries who have been involved in an active citizenship intervention will present their work and their proposals to the EU stakeholders. The event will be moderated by young people from Radioimmaginaria, the web radio of adolescents.