To revitalise Europe after the crisis, EuropaNova and Friends of Europe are launching the first fully European leadership programme, the “40 under 40” – European Young Leaders programme.
On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, while the European Union is going through an unprecedented existential crisis, EuropaNova, the Paris-based “action tank” and Friends of Europe, the Brussels-based think tank, are launching a new type of leadership programme. Inspired by the well-established American leadership programmes its aim is to create a new generation of European opinion leaders.
On 8-10 December 2011, the first seminar in the programme will bring together 40 exceptional candidates from across Europe and from all walks of life in order to promote a greater Europe and to reflect together on how to bring about a true European Renaissance. A second seminar will be held in June 2012 in Brussels. The first selection of European Young Leaders was carefully chosen by a committee chaired by the Founder of the Franco-German television channel ARTE, Jérôme Clément, as well as personalities from all over Europe, including the President of France’s main television channel France Télévisions, Remy Pflimlin, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Isabelle Durant, and Maria João Rodrigues, expert on European issues and former Portuguese Minister for Labour.
A few of the Young Leaders include:
Ida Auken (Denmark), Danish Minister for the Environment
Dragos Bilteanu (Romania), Entrepreneur and CEO of the ROMENEGRO Group
Krysztof Candrowicz (Poland), Founder and Director of the Lodz Art Centre and the Foundation of Visual Education
Benedek Javor (Hungary), Leader of the Hungarian opposition party “Politics Can Be Different” and Founder of environmental NGO Védegylet (Protect the Future)
Riccardo Maraga (Italy), Mayor of the City of Amelia
Joanna Mucha (Poland), Member of the Polish Parliament focusing on healthcare and economic policy, and Founding Member of the Janusz Palikot Academy
Aziz Senni (France), Entrepreneur, Author, and Founder of Alliance Transport et Accompagnement and Business Angel des Cités
Supported by the European Commission, under the patronage of former President of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga and Member of the European Parliament Daniel Cohn Bendit, the programme is led by EuropaNova and Friends of Europe.
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