Intercollegiate workshop on the European Union 2019
Τhe ACT Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service with the support of the European Parliament – Office in Greece organize:
The Intercollegiate Workshop on the European Union 2019
Voting in the European Parliament Elections 2019: Why care?
Date: Sunday, March 17 2019
Venue: Mediterranean Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki
European Parliament Elections are often characterized by high abstention rates, and in many countries, including Greece, they are perceived as an opportunity to cast a vote of disapproval of national policies. Is abstention from elections or a disapproval vote as simple and consequence-free as we may think? The event is addressed to high school and college students, and young professionals with an interest in EU affairs, eager to learn about EU decision making processes, the challenges the EU faces, and the responses European citizens themselves can provide. Participants will be divided into working groups to discuss and exchange views on specific themes, working with an assigned moderator. The working language for high school groups will be Greek while the one for College students will be English.
09:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 11:00 Welcome and introductory remarks
- Mr. Haris Kountouros, Public Relations Officer, European Parliament - Office in Greece
- Dr. Sotiris Serbos, Assistant Professor of International Politics, Democritus University of Thrace
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 14:00 Working groups / Parallel sessions
- Working Group 1 - Youth participation in European elections: What mobilizes young voters? How do they perceive the European Parliament and the upcoming election?
- Working Group 2 - The role of media, internet and technology in shaping political views and public opinion, esp. in relation to the EU
- Working Group 3 - European Identity: Is there such a thing as a European identity or do national identities prevail? How does the youth perceive populism and nationalism? Are these two threats for the EU? How can they be confronted?
14:00 - 15:00 Lunch
15:00 - 16:30 Discussion and concluding remarks
- Working Groups presentations
- Discussion and concluding remarks
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