past events

July 26 2019 - July 28 2019

A Liberal Vision for Europe

July 26, 2019 at 4:00pm - July 28, 2019

A Liberal Vision for Europe

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 26 - 28 July 2019 Right after the European elections, LYMEC will gather young visionaries to discuss the Future of Europe - not just as a concept but putting forward concrete ideas for what sort of reforms are needed to move Europe forward in this new upcoming mandate. We will compare the different ideas for reforming our Union, the different “Future of Europe” scenarios, the ideas for more/less, bigger/smaller European Union. The participants are asked to write essays on the topic that will later be compiled to a publication on the Future of Europe. To explore those topics, the European Liberal Forum is organising a workshop with the support of LYMEC and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Sarajevo in July. Session topics 

  • The Europe of today - what really doesn’t work, what we do not communicate well
  • Council, Parliament, Commission - the current state of affairs;
  • The Liberal vision to institutional change;
  • The five scenarios for the Future of Europe - what should be our next chapter?;
  • Accession countries - the way forward;

This workshop will include sessions with experts on the different topics, as well as contributions from the participants themselves. The participants will be required to draft a paper of minimum 1000 words on the topic when applying for the workshop. The essays will be presented during the event and will later be part of a publication. Participants were chosen according to the quality of their papers GUIDELINES:

  • Original work, minimum 1000 words.
  • Word file, rectified margins, Times New Roman 12, space 1.5.
  • Highly recommended to include references, data research and possibly - links to online sources - both as footnotes (using the references option in Word) and as a complete reference list in the end of the paper.
  • Give your essay a title

EVENT SCHEDULE: 26 July 2019, Friday 14:00 -16:00 Arrivals and registration 16:00 -17:00 Welcome and introduction - opening of the event

Antoaneta Asenova, Political Officer, European Liberal Youth

Lauren Mason, Project Officer, European Liberal Forum

Nejra Vreto, Programme coordinator, Boris Divkovic Foundation

Ahmed Kosovac, Youth Forum of Naša stranka

17:00 - 18:30 Getting to know each other - brief essays discussion and expectations 19:30 Dinner End of day One   27 July 2019, Saturday 9:45 - 10:00 The Europe of today and the change we need Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MRF, Bulgaria, Member of the European Parliament 10:00 - 10:45 Q & A 10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break 11:00 - 11:30 The five scenarios ahead of us - what they are, why those five, what are the most feasible ones Asen Dimitrov, European Political Strategy Center 11:30 - 12:00 Q & A 12:00 - 13:30 Lunch 13:30 - 14:45 The five scenarios and how our reality would look in each of them Asen Dimitrov, European Political Strategy Center Antoaneta Asenova, Political Officer, European Liberal Youth 14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break 15:00 - 17:00 Broad discussion on the essays on the Future of Europe and feedback Lauren Mason, Project Officer, European Liberal Forum Edgaras Mascinskas, Vice-President, European Liberal Youth 17:00 - 18:00 Stock-taking and Wrap up Antoaneta Asenova, Political Officer, European Liberal Youth 19:30 Dinner End of day Two   28 July 2019, Sunday Travels   APPLICATION PROCESS: Fill in the form on LYMEC’s website (only valid for LYMEC Member Organisations and Individual Members of LYMEC; members of ELF organisations and ALDE Party individual members should contact their respective offices) and send your essay in Word file to [email protected]. There are no participation fees. Participants will have food and accommodation covered during the seminar. Travels will be reimbursed up to 120 euro / person (after all travel documents and a reimbursement form have been sent to the LYMEC office). Travels are reimbursed only if participating fully in the event. Participants must be 18 years or older. Please note that you have to be logged in to register for the event. Individual members can register themselves, members of member organisations have to be registered by their International Officer. Deadline for applications is Sunday, June 16th. Only registrations accompanied by a paper sent to [email protected] by the deadline for registrations will be considered. Do not book any travels before receiving a confirmation that your application has been accepted. If you experience problems with the registration, please contact [email protected] LYMEC reserves the right to issue a late cancellation fee of up to 75 euros for cancellations later than 2 weeks prior to the event, and a no-show fee of 100 euros for cancellation later than 48 hours prior to the event. All cancellations must be done in writing to [email protected]