Students Debate Europe's Future
Students from the School of Politics and International Studies have had a once in a lifetime opportunity this week to contribute to European Union policy when two EU Vice Presidents visited campus.
The visit was made by the first Vice President of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella, and Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee Anna Maria Darmanin.
They hosted a debate on October 10 with students from politics, law and the business school on the future of the EU and the part that young people want to play. They will then present those ideas to the European Parliament and to the EU's Civil Society organisations.
Dr Charlie Dannreuther, a lecturer in European Political Economy from the School of Politics and International Studies said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to engage at the highest level of policy influence. It is a once in a lifetime chance and I am sure they will make the most of it."
The University of Leeds is the first British university to be involved in this series of debates run by the EU until April 2012. Leeds students will be able to influence discussions in other universities around Europe for months to come.
The two Vice Presidents will garner the thoughts, expectations, concerns and hopes of young European students as the raw material for a report 5 ideas for a younger Europe, to be given to all MEPs and civil society representatives in the European Economic and Social Committee. It is part of the EU's Going Local policy to narrow the gap between the general public and 'official' Europe.
If anyone wants to continue the debate or contribute ideas you can do so via the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/5ideas