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Overture to the Future; Act I: Young Voices on the Future of Europe
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𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺? These two questions will guide the Conference on the Future of Europe. The Conference, starting on May 9, will be a discussion forum where the citizens of Europe will have a chance to have their say on how the European Union should look in the future. The scope of the answers is up to the Conference's participants - European citizens. They will address the issues that matter to them - whether that is building resilience in the health sector, climate change, economy, social fairness, equality and solidarity, digital transformation, European rights and values, migration challenges, security, EU's role in the world or functioning of the EU and its institutions. Prior to the launch of the long-awaited Conference on the Future of Europe 🇪🇺, Bled Strategic Forum is organizing a series of roundtable discussions under the title: 𝗢𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲. Since young Europeans will be at the centre of the Conference on the Future of Europe, the BSF series will open with discussion: 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗩𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝘂𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗲: Conversation with Mr Gašper Dovžan State Secretary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and Mr Clément Beaune, Minister of State for European Affairs of the French Republic At the event, young participants will have the opportunity to present their views on the future of Europe as well as question speakers about their stances.
Ljubljana, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Prešernova cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana
Prešernova cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana
Report Overture to the Future: ACT I The organiser of the series of roundtable discussions Bled Strategic Forum in cooperation with the Center of European Perspective, opened the first debate titled "Young Voices on the Future of Europe", within the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe. The discussion took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ljubljana. While the panelists were physically present, the wider audience was invited to join the discussion over the live stream, due to the epidemic situation. Students from all the Faculties in Ljubljana were invited to join the discussion online; over 70 students signed up to join the live stream, mostly students from the Faculty of Social Studies in Ljubljana, who were of ages ranging from 18 to 35. The video of the live stream, available on the official Facebook page of Bled Strategic Forum, had over 1,000 views (including all views for over 9 seconds). We are not able to identify the profiles of those who have viewed the video on Facebook. The main topics of the discussion were presented as; European values and how they should be asserted, building EU's crisis resilience mechanism, EU's stance on sovereignty and how to tackle issues such as; health, economic recovery with a model inclining towards a green and digital economy with security at the forefront, touching base on cybersecurity. For the start, Mr Gašper Dovžan, presented the Slovene priorities during the Presidency of the Council of EU. Mr Clément Beaune, presented the vision and the historic background of a European Union, firstly by pointing out the lessons the EU should learn from the current challenges to build a better future. Mentioned that during all the crises, the EU and its institutions have shown their ability to deliver results, which could be achieved with great difficulty at the national level. Pointing out that the greatest project for the EU should be at creating a sense of a common identity among its citizens, which is a prerequisite for realising all the other EU priorities. During the discussion, both speakers agreed that the EU is at a crucial moment, as it has found itself in the midst of many challenges. The EU and its institutions' primary focus should be at retaining the trust of its citizens and that the citizen's expectations should not be undermined. The launch of the platform at the Conference on the Future of Europe, has sparked an honest discussion among citizens who have placed expectations on the EU institutions to have their voice heard. The youth addressed the questions to both speakers in regards to their method of interaction in order to be more engaged in influencing the future of Europe. The following question was directed towards how the EU plans to enforce security and tackle challenges such as radicalisation. Another question brought up the debate about human rights and EU's plans towards LGBT rights and its stance on member states deviating from supporting such communities. The youth also expressed their concern on environmental issues related to climate change and how the EU plans to reach its future targets. Questions were addressed on how the EU will tackle challenges such as disinformation, integration issues in relation to ethnic and religious minorities, migration and EU efficiency at delivering results. The discussion concluded with the speakers offering the youth different methods of interaction in order for their voices and opinions to be implemented in the Future of Europe.
17:30 - 18:45
Number of participants 70
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