While Europe is still undergoing harsh political, economic and social crises, Greece is facing a sixth year of recession. Still, after nearly crashing out of the euro last year and coming under attack for stalled reforms, Greece has won praise in recent months for getting back on track with deficit-cutting goals and pushing through unpopular austerity measures. But key questions remain about its economic future, as well as the overall European integration dynamic. The next European Young Leaders meeting in Athens on June 13-15 aims to bring a new collective vision on the challenges facing Europe, using Greece as an example. Issues under discussion at the seminar include democracy and fighting extremism, youth unemployment and prospects for a European “renewal”.
The European Young Leaders ’40 under 40’ programme, launched two years ago and led by the think-tanks EuropaNova andFriends of Europe, aims to promote a European identity and develop leadership by engaging 40 of the European Union’s brightest minds in initiatives that will shape Europe’s future. Each year, forty young leaders, from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds and various European nationalities, are carefully selected to take part in a series of biannual 3-day meetings. The Young Leaders are asked to reflect upon the major problems confronting Europe and to generate innovative ideas that can provide lasting solutions.
The European Young Leaders: ‘40 under 40’ programme is a unique European leadership initiative that aims to create a new generation of opinion leaders shaping the future of our continent and joining forces to foster our decision-makers’ long-term vision.
A few of the Young Leaders selected this year include:
– Dawood Azami (United Kingdom), Senior Broadcast Journalist for the BBC World Service
– Cristina Batlan (Romania), Founder of Musette, a leading Romanian fashion accessory company
– Julien Berjeut (France), cartoonist and comic book author
– Max von Bismarck (Germany), Partner and CEO Europe of Skybridge Capital
– Jasmina Cibic (Slovenia), photography, performance and video visual artist
– Rokhaya Diallo (France), human rights activist, Host and Co-Editor of French TV shows on diversity and equality
– Konstantinos Karagkounis (Greece), Deputy Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights for the Hellenic Parliament
– Adolfo Mesquita Nunes (Portugal), Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism
– Dimitris Tsigos (Greece), President of the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (YES) and of the Hellenic Start-up Association, and Founder of StartTech Ventures
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