European Elections: What Europe does for youth?
Are you a young adult who believes in Europe, but is unsure of where it is going? Do you have questions about the EU project but are in need of answers? An undecided voter who is not completely convinced by the EU elections? A young professional who wants to understand how Europe can help with your career?
From 06-09 May 2019 in Brussels, this edition of the ENCATC Capacity Building Days and Youth in Action Day focused on “European Elections: What Europe does for youth?”. For 4 days in Brussels and Maastricht, gathered young adults, early career professionals, students and their accompanying professors from ENCATC member institutions and the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC).
With the elections coming mid-May, ENCATC had decided to provide in 2019 a special framework for the 3rd edition of this ENCATC activity that was launched in 2017 to add a new offer to the network’s programming aimed at Master and Post-graduate students, their teachers, and young professionals in cultural management and policy.
Indeed, organising this activity in Brussels just before the European elections was the opportunity to sensitize the young generation about European values and inform them about the impact of Europe in their lives as citizens and future cultural professionals, in particular, the topics such as climate change, education, culture, and employment.
Over the main programme’s 4 days (6-9 May), participants expanded their horizons on EU topics closely related to their personal and professional development, met and discussed with representatives from European institutions, as well as informed themselves on key EU youth-related issues to prepare for the European Elections. Participants also took part in an exchange of experiences and good practices in European project development and project management thanks to meetings with professionals who shared their knowledge and experiences. There was a special day trip on 8 May to focus learning on “The Maastricht Treaty-Working on Europe!” Here in Maastricht, participants got another perspective of European policy in this city where The Maastricht Treaty (officially the Treaty on European Union) was signed on 7 February 1992. Finally, participants had study visits to renowned cultural institutions and organisations.
This event was an initiative of ENCATC in partnership with: The Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC); BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts; The International Association of European Journalists (AEJ) in Belgium; the Erasmus Student Network (ESN); The Regione Toscana; and Caravan Cultura.
ENCATC is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
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