Writing the Next Chapter
On 27 April, the 1989 Generation Initiative held a major event – 89ers: Writing the Next Chapter – at the European Parliament in Brussels to present its work of the last ten months. Since its June 2015 conference at the LSE EI, it has been engaging some of Europe’s most visionary minds – young and old(er) – in the development of policy proposals aimed at reinvogorating the European Project. The outcome of this process is a 35-page policy paper, which was presented by the Initiative at the event.
The event was co-hosted by a distinguished cross-party team of MEPs – Othmar Karas (EPP), Ulrike Lunacek (Greens), Richard Corbett (S&D), Sylvie Goulard (ALDE) and Eva Paunova (EPP). It was attended by a large audience of MEPs, representatives of major European think tanks and members of youth organisations from across Europe, giving the event a distinctly ‘pan-European’ flavour. Interest in the event was great. This is perhaps best encapsulated by the decision of a young Bulgarian to drive from his hometown, Blagoevgrad, to Brussels in order to be present, whilst an Austrian member of the Initiative traveled through the night from Vienna by coach, for the same purpose.
The event concept was lively and interactive, with speakers on the ten-person panel presenting ideas, and spectators giving instant input. The feedback received was particularly positive, with MEPs inviting the organisation to return next year for an even larger event! Overall, 89ers: Writing the Next Chapter represented a milestone for the 1989 Generation Initiative, and highlighted its emergence as a contributor to the public debate on Europe.
About the 1989 Generation Initiative
The 1989 Generation Initiative is an open policy network aiming to re-invigorate the European project through the ideas and visions of ‘89ers – young Europeans born after 1989. It was founded in 2015 and is an associated organisation of the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. For more information please visit http://www.1989generationinitiative.org/