The Republic's fifth Etats Généraux devoted to European Youth took place on 1st and 2nd February in Grenoble. The newspaper "Libération" together with around 20 associations, foundations and think-tanks organised around 35 conference-debates on the major challenges facing European youth.
The Robert Schuman Foundation organised two debates. Moderated by Magali Balent, Project Manager and Researcher at the Foundation, the first debate was called "What is Europe doing for Youth Employment?". It took place on 1st February in the main theatre of the House of Culture. Nearly 200 people attended together with three experts from different yet complementary areas: Mathilde Lemoine, Economic Studies Director for HSBC France; Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Sector Head of Erasmus with the European Commission and Abdelbasset Zitouni, Chairman of the National Young Entrepreneurs Association (ANJE).
The second debate looked into whether there was a "feeling of belonging to Europe amongst young people". Moderated by Philippe Perchoc, co-founder of the research group Nouvelles Europe, the round table comprised Peter Matjasic, Chairman of the European Youth Forum, Mélanie Gros, a volunteer in Lithuania sponsored by the association Calliopes and Guillaume Klossa, Chairman of EuropaNova.
Link to the article "Europe, so near, so far"
From left to right: Mathilde Lemoine, Magali Balent, Vanessa Debiais-Sainton and Abdelbasset Zitouni
The feeling of belonging to Europe, second roundtable co-organized by the Robert Schuman Foundation
Presentation of the Robert Schuman Foundation's activities.