Democratic participation in the 2019 European Parliament elections

Date

22 February 2018

Location

College of Europe Dijver 11, 8000 Bruges

Together Bruges

 

DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION IN THE
2019 EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS

Read the adopted Together Bruges declaration here.

Thank you all! It was a great Together event at the College of Europe in Bruges! Ideas and motivation: this is all we need to change #EuropeTogether. Check out the final Bruges declaration adopted at the event on “Democratic Participation in the 2019 European Parliament elections,” to which many of you have contributed.

A special thanks to our Ambassadors Maximo and André Branco Pereira for their contributions, but also Maxim Vandekerckhove for having hosted us in his city. The Together community is growing. Have a look at our platform to learn more on how to get involved!

15.30-16.00
Registration

16.00-16.10
Opening with “TOGETHER” video and introduction by Moderator Katrina Sichel

16.10-16.25
Welcome speeches

Kathleen Van Brempt, MEP, Vice-President of the S&D Group and John Crombez, Leader of sp.a

16.25-16.40
Keynote address

Sergei Stanishev, MEP, President of the PES, Co-Chair of the Global Progressive Forum

16.40-17.40
Panel I – “Improving the democratic process in the EP elections”

Adriana Cerretelli, Journalist, Il Sole 24 Ore

Jo Leinen, MEP, Co-author of the report on the European electoral law

Margaritis Schinas, Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission

Discussants:

Daniël Termont, President of EUROCITIES and Mayor of Ghent

Carolina Novac, Francesca Maria Risso, and Lorene Weber, Students at the College of Europe

Followed by an open dialogue with the audience and via social media

17.40-18.40
Panel II – “Participation in elections today – the impact of social media”

Michele Chang, Professor, Department for Politics and Governance, College of Europe

Clémence Maulat, Student at the College of Europe

Yoomi Renström, Mayor of the Municipality of Ovanåker, Sweden, Member of the European Committee of the Regions

Maxim Vandekerckhove, Student at Ghent University & TOGETHER Ambassador

Discussants:

Maria Freitas, Policy Advisor, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)
Ricardo Arieira and Sara Canali, Students at the College of Europe
Soundous Boualam, Founder of Humans of the EU

Followed by an open dialogue with the audience and via social media

18.40-18.50
Presentation of the “TOGETHER Ambassadors” Máximo Ploco Seco and André Branco Pereira and adoption of the Statement

Tuulia Pitkänen, Secretary General of YES (Young European Socialists)

18.50-19.00
Conclusions

Udo Bullmann, MEP, acting President of the S&D Group

19.00
Transfer to the evening venue

 

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GO LOCAL EVENT

De Halve Maan brewery
Walplein 26, 8000 Brugge
19.30-22.00

Presentation of the Together initiative

Welcome by Renaat Landuyt, Mayor of Bruges

Speech by Kathleen Van Brempt, MEP, Vice-President of the S&D Group

Intervention by Maxim Vandekerckhove, Student at Ghent University & TOGETHER Ambassador

Followed by a walking dinner

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