Youth Participation and youth-relevant topics in the next European Elections 2019 – #EngagEU

The next European elections in May 2019 will be held in the context of rising populism, protec­tionism and nation­al­istic tendencies in Europe. Furthermore, since the first direct Parliament elections 40 years ago, the constantly decreasing turnouts in the European Elections seem to confirm the perceived gap between European citizens and EU decision-making. Pro-Europeans face an increasing number of growing voices against the European project.

With the United Kingdom, an EU member state for the first time has opted to leave the Union following the decision of the British people in a refer­endum. In the aftermath of the very close result it soon became clear that a majority of the young citizens, who are also part of the gener­ation Erasmus, think positively about the European Union but were not encouraged to vote in the end. This is only one example to emphasise the need to motivate, encourage and enable the young citizens for partic­i­pating actively in the political processes.

Also Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has invited the EU citizens to actively partic­ipate in Europe-wide civic dialogues regarding the future of the European Union before the elections in 2019. But what do the young people actually think and which ideas, claims and visions do they have? Which topics have to be discussed regarding the young gener­ation and their interests in the next parlia­mentary term? What could improve the identi­fi­cation with the European Union and what could bring the young people of all the different EU member states closer together?

With the project #EngagEU the Institut für Europäische Politik and its project partners in France, Centre inter­na­tional de formation européenne, Poland, WiseEuropa, and Brussels, the Europe-wide Trans European Policy Studies Associ­ation, organise a several months lasting collection and consul­tation process for ideas regarding the future of the European Union. Innov­ative digital tools will be used in order to enhance people’s partic­i­pation during and after the idea devel­opment process.

Young Citizens from all around Europe will be invited to discuss youth relevant topics and ideas in four #YoungCitizens’FutureLabs aiming to lending them a strong and loud voice in the election campaign in the run-up to the elections in 2019. After this consul­tation process, the collected ideas and demands will be discussed at #YoungCitizens’Conventions with a broad public and also with decision makers. The developed ideas will be summarised in a multi lingual Manifesto which will be addressed to the new elected Members of European Parliament after the elections.

Detailed aims of #EngagEU:

Here you will find an overview of all project activ­ities.

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Project term:                                   

September 2018 to September 2019

Project team:                                   

Dr. Funda Tekin (Project Leader)
Jana Schubert (Project Manager)

Languages of the project: 

English, French, German and Polish

Project partners: