Online Conference: “Youth Perspectives on the Future of Europe”, June 16

In a Europe dominated by quick-fire crisis response, it is increasingly important that the voices of European citizens be heard. The EU’s channel for citizens to make suggestions for the future of Europe, the Conference on the Future of Europe, has recently concluded. We want to continue amplifying young citizens’ voices!

The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) is pleased to invite you to the EP4U Final Conference: “Youth Perspectives on the Future of Europe”, taking place online on June 16.


Since January 2021, European Policies for You (EP4U) has implemented activities to raise awareness of EU policy-making and increase political participation of young European citizens. Building on university debates, high school talks, videos explainers engaging various MEPs, student paper competitions and social media campaigns, the Final Conference “Youth Perspectives on the Future of Europe” concludes the project by offering cross-cutting insights into four policy areas: climate and environmentemployment and social policiesmigration and asylum; and non-discrimination and protection of fundamental rights.

The conference will be composed of two main panel discussions, which will explore the interconnections between, respectively, social policies and fundamental rights, and climate and migration. These open dialogues will bring academics and practitioners together with the four EP4U Student Contest winners to discuss young people’s vision for the future of Europe. The conference will provide a space for the public to actively participate in discussing the work of the EU and sharing their views with decision-makers.


Opening Remarks (10:00-10:30 CET)

Panel 1 (10:30-12:00 CET): EU non-discrimination policies in the neighbourhood: the case of LGBTQI+ rights

  • What are the mechanisms used by the EU to promote equal treatment and LGBTQI+ rights in the neighbourhood?
  • How does the EU promote LGBTQI+ rights in the labour market?
  • Is there any systemic local constrains which should be considered by the EU when implementing initiatives in favour of LGBTQI+ persons?

Panel 2 (13:00-14:30 CET): Migration and climate change: crosscutting effects and potential synergies for EU policy

  • What are the main migration challenges related to climate changes? How are movements of individuals affected?
  • How does the EU frame the nexus of environmental changes and migration?
  • Which kind of synergies could be developed within EU migration policies to foster the achievement of climate objectives?

Closing Remarks (14:30-15:00)


We are delighted to host some of Europe’s leading academics from around the TEPSA Network as expert speakers at the EP4U Final Conference:

  • Tom Chevalier (Researcher, Sciences Po CEE),
  • Michaela Dénešová (PhD Candidate, Comenius University Bratislava),
  • Emma Hakala (Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs),
  • Evelina Staikova (Head of the Dept. of Political Sciences, New Bulgarian University).

All four have been a part of the EP4U project since the start, helping us to reach into the EU Member States and share discussions with young people across Europe. During the conference they will moderate each of the panels, and foster a cross-cutting discussion with the four EP4U Student Contest winners, who will present their visions for the future of Europe: Aron BosmanNiccolò De VitaStevan Đurić, and Lilybell Evergreen. More speakers will be announced soon!