The first European leadership programme
DAY 1 – THURSDAY 13 JUNE
13.30-14.00
Registration for all European Young Leaders and welcome coffee
14.00-15.00
OPENING & WELCOME
INTRODUCTION & WARM UP
Welcome remarks by Guillaume Klossa, President of EuropaNova, and Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe, followed by a “warm up” ice breaker with the Young Leaders.
15.00-16.30
SESSION I
EUROPE’S ECONOMIC CRISIS: WHAT WENT WRONG AND WHY?
Europe’s economic crisis has spotlighted major gaps and weaknesses in the European Union’s construction, leadership and policymaking and raised doubts about the EU’s capacity to analyse, reflect and act in unity.

  • Why have Europeans not been able to forge a common analysis of what went wrong and why?
  • What role has been played by cultural misunderstandings and lack of trust between governments and EU and national policymakers?
  • Have any lessons been learned on avoiding future crisis?

Different aspects of the European crisis will be discussed: economic and social, political and institutional, moral and cultural, geopolitical. The Greek case study will serve as a concrete illustration of the challenge facing Europe.

Loukas Tsoukalis, President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
Anna Diamantopoulou, President of the To Diktyo Network for Reform in Greece and Europe,Friends of Europe Trustee, former Greek Education Minister and former EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Yanis Varoufakis, Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Athens
Coffee break
17.00-18.30
WORKSHOPS
POST-CRISIS EUROPE: FACING THE CHALLENGE OF EUROPEAN RENEWAL
Ending speculation about the “decline of Europe” requires Europeans to agree on a common vision for Europe’s post-crisis renewal. The Young Leaders will be joined by young Greek civil society representatives to discuss important issues that the EU will have to address in order to build a better future:
Workshop 1: Rebuilding the European democratic model
Moderated by Edouard Gaudot, Policy Advisor for the Green Group at the European Parliament
Workshop 2: Unemployment and growth
Moderated by Shahin Vallée, Member of Cabinet for Economic and Monetary Affairs to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy
Workshop 3: Education and culture
Moderated by Christophe Ono-dit-Biot, Deputy Chief Editor of Le Point
Workshop 4: Geopolitical aspects
Moderated by Souad Mekhennet, Journalist for The New York Times, ZDF and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
The moderators will summarise the main points and recommendations proposed by each of the workshops so that they can be presented during the public session.
18.30-19.00
Coffee Break
19.00-20.00 
PUBLIC SESSION
SHARING WORKSHOP OUTCOMES
Presentation of workshop outcomes and open discussion with Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos
20.00-22.00
Cocktail and dinner
 
DAY 2 – FRIDAY 14 JUNE
10.00-11.30
SESSION II
 NEXT DEMOCRACY: COMBATING THE RISE OF EXTREMISM

As growth slows down in Europe and geopolitical power shifts to the world’s emerging powers in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Europe must adapt to a changing global order and ensure that faith in the European model is not lost. The rise of extremism remains a threat to the democratic model.

  • How can European democracies and institutions prepare to face new domestic and global challenges?
  • What measures must be taken to curb the rise of extreme and populist tendencies
  • Are Europeans ready and able to rethink and renew their traditional perceptions and perspectives?

Cynthia Fleury, Philosopher, Associate Professor and Research Fellow at the American University of Paris, Vice-President of EuropaNova
Sandro Gozi, Member of the Italian National Parliament and of the Spinelli Group, and former Advisor to European Commission Presidents Romano Prodi and José Manuel Barroso
Young Leader contribution by Leendert de Voogd, Global Head of the Political and Social Practice at TNS Research International

11.30-12.00
Coffee break
12.00-13.30
SESSION III
NEW POLICIES TODAY FOR THE YOUTH OF TOMORROW
Many European countries are faced with the problem of rising poverty and unemployment; 23.5% of young Europeans are currently jobless (compared to an average European unemployment rate of 10.9%), with Greece and Spain scoring the highest rates of youth unemployment (60% and 55% respectively). The EU’s Youth Employment Initiative earmarks €6 billion pledge to tackle youth unemployment and includes a “Youth Guarantee”, which gives under-25s a guarantee of quality work, training or education within four months of leaving school or losing a job.

  • Are the EU’s efforts to encourage “Youth Guarantees” making a difference, and how can the 20 million new “green job” forecast for the EU by 2020 be made to favour youthful entrants?
  • Are there policies that might reduce labour market pressures that discriminate against younger and less experienced workers?
  • What sort of in-depth re-think of social policy throughout Europe is needed to encourage young people to become productive and find jobs?
  • What should a comprehensive and far-sighted EU jobs strategy consist of?
Massimiliano Mascherini, Lead Researcher of the Eurofound report “NEETs – Young people not in employment, education or training: Characteristics, costs and policy responses in Europe”Young Leader contribution by Dimitris Tsigos, President of the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (YES)
13.30-15.00
Lunch
15.00-16.30
SESSION IV
BUILDING A NEW ECONOMIC FUTURE FOR GREECE

Greece is facing a fifth year of recession, with its economy shrinking by a massive 7% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

  • How can Greece’s existing economic sectors such as tourism, retail and agriculture be more competitive?
  • What about rising sectors: pharmaceuticals, aquaculture, waste management, or digital industries?
  • How to leverage Greece’s human capital?
Alexandra Konida, Investor Relations Director of Public Power Corporation
Ernestos Panayiotou, Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company
Young Leader contribution by Max von Bismarck, Partner and CEO Europe of Skybridge Capital
17.00-20.00
TOUR & CULTURE
GREEK CULTURAL HERITAGE
Guided tour of the Acropolis Museum and Parthenon marbles, followed by a debate on culture in the Acropolis auditorium with actor Yannis Papadopoulos and film director Yiannis Smaragdis. The debate will be followed by a performance by Young Leader, Dancer, Poet and Writer Tishani Doshi.
 

 

DAY 3 – SATURDAY 15 JUNE
09.30-11.00
Transportation to the venue
11.00-12.30
SESSION V
EUROPE’S SOFT POWER, HARD POWER DILEMMA

While it may not have tanks, guns or aircraft carriers, the EU is an important global soft power which uses aid, trade and diplomacy to shape international developments. As the world’s largest aid donor, leading humanitarian actor and key driver on issues like human rights, climate change and other non-traditional security challenges, Europe exerted ‘soft power’ long before the term was coined.

  • But with America’s “pivot” to Asia and the shrinkage of Europe to less than 7% of the global population, how real is Europe’s soft power and influence in the shaping of the world’s geopolitical future? Do these powers present a dilemma or a synergy?
  • Has the EU begun to shape a new Mediterranean strategy – spanning not just economic cooperation but also support to home-grown democratic reform, security and even increased immigration?
Welcome remarks by Ioannis Karkalis, Special Advisor to the Director of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and Vice Commissioner of the Hellenic State
Assia BenSalah Alaoui, Ambassador at Large of King Mohamed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco
Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou, Member of the Hellenic Parliament, President of the Circle of the Mediterranean Parliamentarians for Sustainable Development, and 2011-12 European Young Leader
Young Leader contribution by Dawood Azami, Senior Broadcast Journalist for the BBC World Service in London and Visiting Lecturer on Globalisation, Power and International Governance at the University of Westminster
12.30-14.00
Lunch break
14.00-16.00
SESSION VI
NEXT LEADERSHIP: SETTING THE NEW EU AGENDA
As the old way of doing things is replaced by a “new normal”, political, economic and civil society leaders in the European Union will have to develop new skills, qualities and accountability to tackle complex challenges.

  • What are the key qualities required to face the new world when considering specific fields such as politics, business and non-governmental organisations?
  • Why are these skills so important and how will they help prepare for a more stable and secure world order?
  • What insights can emerge from this programme to prepare the future generation of European leaders?
Sony Kapoor, Managing Director of Re-Define, an economic and financial think tank
Facilitated by Thomas Houdaille, Director of EuropaNova
16.00
Leisure time and beach activities