As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) will be inviting some 150 young people from a variety of youth organisations and European political parties, including students and interns from the EU institutions, the regional representation offices and Brussels-based think-tanks. They will discuss the future of a multi-level Europe and of the CoR itself, the only EU institution that truly represents the views of Europe's cities and regions. In tandem with the CoR's internal reflection process, the event aims to elicit some feedback from the younger generation about what form they expect the CoR to take in the next 20 years. The young people involved will be asked to present the results of their discussions during the 20th anniversary ceremony to be held in the European Parliament during the CoR Plenary on 2 April. This will be followed by an exchange of views with CoR members.
Who should participate?
As a general rule, participants should not be older than 30 years and should belong to one of the categories below:
- Members of youth organisations or young members of European political parties selected by the CoR's political groups;
- Holders of a Master or a PHD in European affairs;
- Interns from the EU institutions, regional representation offices in Brussels and major Brussels-basedthink-tanks.
Interested members of youth organisations, students and interns should submit their application by 7 March 2014. The CoR will select 150 participants taking into account a good geographical and gender balance, and will inform them by mid-March,. The CoR cannot reimburse travel and/or accommodation costs. The conference will be prepared in cooperation with universities in Belgium. The Plenary and the closing session will be webstreamed live. Please check this website regularly for updates.