BEA 2019

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The participants

This year, 126 young Europeans convened in Budapest from all over the Continent to discuss the priorities of the new European agenda together with European leaders.

From the July 10th to 14th, debates, panels, workshops, and other interactive sessions turned the EYCB into a civic space of engagement and exchange.

The 126 participants came from 25 different European countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, UK, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Final Program BEA 2019

  • "United in Diversity could easily be also the motto of the ID Agora. Sharing a common goal and work towards that with other passionate young participants and amazing speakers from a variety of backgrounds was an enlightening experience. BEA19 was the example that cooperation is possible, it was the right place to create projects and ask ourselves questions about our common interest!"
  • "Not only the outstanding organization and the extremely high level of professional content made the event  so successful, but also each and every person who was present there. It was really unbelievable for me to see that people exchanged their views and somehow understood and learnt from each other as persons, as well. It really happened, guys, and this is how we build up Europe." 
  • "The values of respect, tolerance and embrace of such differences united us all. And this is what the Agora was about to me. I strongly believe that the European identity should be built around the enhancing and promotion of such values. I strongly believe in one of the main takeaways that I had from the Agora: the identity can be built and chosen. Therefore, I choose to have an identity that embraces diversity and change and faces problems with tolerance and a sensible approach."
  • "Brilliant participants, exceptional speakers, amazing location and relevant topics. This was BEA19 to me. A unique occasion to meet fellow Europeans engaged in bringing about social change in different fields. The proof that the creation of a positive, inspired, experienced European ruling class is an achievable and very valuable goal."

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Program BEA19

-Introduction by Gordana Berjan, Executive Director, EYCB, and Michele Bellini, Project Leader, ID Budapest European Agora.

-European Union: Challenges and opportunities
Romano Prodi, Former President, EU Commission & Former Italian Prime Minister

-Technological Humanism in the EU: How to protect our second identity?
Enrico Letta, Former Italian Prime Minister & Founder, ID Budapest European Agora

-Identity & democracy: Concepts and practice
Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul, Ex Deputy SG, Citizens Consultations on Europe
Aziliz Gouez, Anthropologist & Former Speech Writer, President of Ireland

-Peoples and Institutions: How to Be United in Diversity?

Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport

-The EU in the World: What’s Next?

Pascal Lamy, Former Director-General, WTO & EU Commissioner, President Emeritus, Institute Jacques Delors

-Inequality & Stagnation: What Happened to the European Social Model

Laurence Boone, Chief Economist & G20 Finance Deputy, OECD

-Workshop: Governing the EU Energy Union (in Partnership with the ENABLE.EU H2020 Project) lead by:

Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Head, Jacques Delors Energy Centre
Emilie Magdalinski, Research Fellow, Jacques Delors Institute
Eniko Kascor, Research Associate, REKK
Geneviève Pons, Director Brussels Office, Institute Jacques Delors

-Workshop: Europe and Public Narrative lead by:

Valerio Riavez, Co-founder & Executive Director, Yes Europe Lab

-Migrants and Refugees: Impossible Challenges or Opportunities for Tomorrow’s Europe?

Montserrat Feixas Vihé, Regional Rep. for Central Europe, UNHCR
Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica

-Europe Today: Common Standards in a Common Legal Space?

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe

-The Euro 20 Years on: a Currency Without an Identity?

Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic & Financial Affairs

Facing America and China: How to Build a “European Dream”?

Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science & Innovation

-Europe in 2030: Larger or Smaller?

Kati Piri, Member of the European Parliament, S&D
Balázs Bárány, International Secretary, MSZP
Andrea Garnero, Economist, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

-Workshop: Europe’s Democratic Future pt 1 lead by:

Dominik Hierlemann, Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Stefan Roch, Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

-Workshop: Europe’s Democratic Future pt 2 lead by:

Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
Aart De Geus, Chairman & CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung

-Legitimacy and Decision-Making: How to Strengthen the European Institutions?

Christine Verger, VP, Institute Jacques Delors & Former Director, European Parliament
Monika Sus, Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow in European and Global Governance, Hertie School
Sébastien Maillard, director, Jacques Delors Institute
Alessandro Aresu, Scientific Director, Scuola di Politiche

-Closing speech

In conversation with Arancha Gonzales

Closing Ceremony and Awarding of Certificates