September 25, 2015
A refugee crisis with few real remedies in sight; a faltering economic outlook; a Greek debt crisis that is likely to return; a lack of common action in fighting against ISIS; clearly the European Project is in dire straits and it is up to the next generation to assume a leading role in its redefinition.
In a fitting article written on the 27 November 2014 for the Guardian, Timothy Garton Ash issued this direct challenge to the next generation of European citizens.
A group of students at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s European Institute decided to respond to this challenge, proposing the production of a declaration re-defining the mission of the European Union according to the visions and aspirations of their generation. The initiative was launched in March 2015 and suitably named the 1989 Generation Initiative.
At the London School of Economics and Political Science, on 26 June 2015, the 1989 Generation Initiative held a Conference on the Redefinition of the European Mission.
The conference invited prominent European leaders in politics, media, the private sector and the arts, including individuals such as Neil Kinnock and Valery Giscard d’Estaing, as well as some of the continent’s brightest young minds to discuss four main areas: EU Politics and Institutions, EU Economic Affairs, the EU as Global Actor, and European Identity Politics.
Two policy proposals in each of these areas emerged from the Conference in a concluding roundtable.
Following the Conference, a Crowdsourcing Platform has been launched to gather and compare a multitude of views and approaches in redefining the European Project. The Initiative is looking for contributions from everyone, regardless of age, background or expertise. Crowdsourcing is crucial as it opens the debate up to a wider public, making the Initiative truly pan-European.
In addition, a EurActiv blog has recently been created to gather a range of opinions that directly link the eight proposals that emerged from the Conference, with European current affairs.
At the end of the crowdsourcing process, the most popular ideas from the Platform will be reconciled with the proposals from the June Conference. These ideas will then be presented in our ‘European Manifesto’ at an event aimed for the end of 2015 in Brussels.
We are delighted to contribute to the EurActiv family via this blog, which we hope will allow you all to stay in touch with our proposals and ideas for the future of Europe. Moreover, if you have a great idea, you can join us and contribute to the blog yourself! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with potential contributions. All contributions must be between 500 and 750 words.1989 Generation Initiative