We hear all too often that young people are the future, but it is high time they were empowered to change the present in order to build the future.
Progressive cities and regions are laboratories of innovation and, increasingly, they have also become places of resistance against populist and nationalist forces. Inside small towns and big cities alike, it is often young local leaders who are in charge of making change happen, by creating more sustainable communities, fighting the climate crisis and growing social inequality, and changing the way local democracy works.
This is why the Party of European Socialists Group (PES) was proud to host more than fourty young progressive local and regional politicians from all over Europe for a two-day event on 29-30 November 2019, partly organised in cooperation with the Young European Socialists (YES) and the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament (S&D Group).
Since March 2019, the European Committee of the Regions has launched an initiative to involve Young Elected Politicians elected at local and regional level in its works. As PES Group, we have made this commitment a priority and want therefore to strengthen this network in order to build a more progressive and sustainable Europe from the ground up.
Arrival at the European Parliament and registration
Welcome and presentations by PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions, S&D Group in the European Parliament and Young European Socialists
Moderator: Maj Jensen, Secretary general of the Young European Socialists
Alícia Homs Ginel, Member of the European Parliament and President of the Young European Socialists
Yoomi Renström, First Vice-President of the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions
Panel debate “Youth up political decisions for the future
Hannelore Goeman, Flanders Regional Parliament, Belgium
Harun Muharemovic, city councillor Brøndby, Denmark, and Coordinator of YES Young City and Regional Councillors Network
Tsvetelina Penkova, MEP, Bulgaria
From local democracy to European democracy
Moderator: Martin Maréchal, Journalist at “BXFM 104.3” and member of the Belgian Socialist Party
Welcome speech: Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions
Elisa Lironi, Senior Manager European Democracy, European Citizens Action Service
From #FridaysForFuture to local action
@ European Committee of the Regions, atrium 5
@ Party of European Socialists Headquarter, Rue Guimard 10-12, Brussels.
How to run the SDGs agenda at local level?
Moderators: Elisha Winckel and Samuel Guron, YES Vice-Presidents
How to use EU funds for building a progressive city/region?
How to influence policy at European level as young councillor?
Harun Muharemovic, councillor Brøndby, Denmark, and Coordinator of YES Young City and Regional Councillors Network