EUth for Democracy

“EUth for Democracy” is a project by BEA, which aims at improving democracy in the EU. It was also envisioned as a contribution to the participatory processes set in motion by the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE).

The CoFoE was announced by newly-elected President of the Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen in 2019 and should be concluded by Spring 2022. Its goal is looking at the needs for reform of the Union, involving citizens, civil society as well as institutions.

The Covid crisis and the revolution that we are going through have made the Conference on the Future of Europe even more to reflect upon our shared future, starting from European citizens. As an exercise of transnational democracy, ID-BEA is perfectly equipped to act as an incubator for ideas young Europeans want to bring to the Conference.

Teams Formation

Teams Formation

  • Recruitment will be possible both via our informal network of partners and alumni and via an application form that will be available below.
  • Recruitment of 3 to 5 young people per Member State (MS) for as many MS as possible.
  • Each MS creates a Country Team (CT): you do not need to be a citizen, just live in the MS and speak its language.
  • As a citizenship activity and not an academic project, anyone is eligible to apply: the only criteria are age (18-30), availability, and enthusiasm. 
  • The Italian and French CT will be selected among the 2020-2021 cohort of the Scuola di Politiche and L’ Académie Notre Europe respectively.

 

Transnational Exchange

Transnational Exchange

  • There will be two types of meetings via Zoom: (a) A monthly interactive webinar where you will be able to exchange with decision-makers and experts of democracy and (b) a total of 3 plenary meetings across the duration of the project with all CTs
  • During plenary meetings each CTs will have the opportunity to share their progress – both in terms of contents and the methodology adopted – and receive feedback from others.

Ideas Development

Ideas Development

  • CTs will organize their work independently to come up with new ideas and suggestions to revamp democracy in Europe and a BEA Team Member will be assigned to each CT to provide instructions and guidance on a need basis during this phase of the project. 
  • CTs will be free to choose how to develop their ideas but will be provided with a basic framework, which will be distributed once teams are finalised.
  • In this phase, it will be important that each CT captures the different cultural, social, and political aspect of their geographies.
  • This project will run from November to March to spread the effort over a long enough period of time.
  • What we are looking for from CTs is being able to contribute as young citizens, not as academics. We are not looking for policy briefs and/or research papers, just scalable ideas to improve democracy in Europe.

Ideas Selection

Ideas Selection

  • The last plenary will be dedicated to the final presentations of the ideas and the selection of the best ones.
  • The selection will be based on the same general criteria provided during the « Ideas Development » phase of the project and will be conducted by a dedicated Committee of experts and policy makers.
  • The selected ideas will be submitted as BEA’s contribution to the Conference on the Future of Europe.

Outcomes

Outcomes

  • A short written briefing (in English) including:
    • A general description of each idea; 
    • A brief explanation of how the idea satisfies the criteria (innovativeness, relevancy, feasibility, etc.);
    • A brief explanation of how you came up with each idea.
  • A presentation (in English) to be delivered during the last plenary.
    • You will be free to choose a format of your preference (e.g. PPT, video, storytelling, etc.) 
  • The minimum number of ideas to submit is “one”: we prefer quality over quantity!

Who can apply?

  • Individuals aged between 18 and 30 years old
  • Residents of a EU Member States (or accession countries)
  • Regardless of your nationality, you will be able to join the CT of the country you live in as long as you fluently speak the local language
  • Not all members of CTs are required to speak English, but the final outcomes shall be written and presented in English
  • Monthly webinars with experts will be in English
  • Participation to the project is completely free of charge
  • The Italian and French CT will be selected among the 2020-2021 cohort of the Scuola di Politiche and L’ Académie Notre Europe respectively

Applications close October 31st!

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