past events

June 28 2017 - June 30 2017

ALDE Summer Academy 2017

June 28, 2017 at 1:00pm - June 30, 2017

ALDE Summer Academy 2017

Innovation and Efficiency: Building the Europe that Citizens Dream of

Innovation and entrepreneurship, governance of the Internet in an open continent, trade… these are all important building blocks for the future Europe. What do you think the European Union and Europe should look like in the future? How do we secure innovation and efficiency without forgetting the most important part: the citizens?

The ALDE Summer Academy will gather close to 100 young liberals and democrats from all over Europe. The list of speakers include MEPs and experts, and we will also host a debate between representatives of different political youth organisations. The participants will also get to work on a joint statement from the hosting organisations.

Join us in the European Parliament for two days filled with debate and new insight!

This event is co-organised by European Liberal Youth and Young Democrats for Europe, the two youth organisations of Alliance for Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

There is no participation fee and the accommodation (Wednesday to Friday), breakfast (Thursday and Friday), as well as lunch and dinner on Thursday is covered by the ALDE Group.

Participants are eligible for a travel reimbursement of maximum 300 € per person (economy flights / 2 class train). Please note that ALL original tickets and boarding passes are required in order to apply for the reimbursement.

What? Seminar and workshops Where? European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium When? June 28-30, starting early afternoon on Wednesday June 28th Who? Members of LYMEC and YDE Deadline for applications is June 11th. There is a limited amount of spaces for LYMEC members to this event, so a selection process securing the regional and organisational balance will be done by the Bureau. Do not buy your tickets before your participation is confirmed. In order to facilitate the selection process we kindly ask International Officers registering more than one person to indicate the priority in the comments for each applicant (1 = first priority, 2 = second priority etc). Please note that you have to be logged in to register.


Draft programme ALDE Summer Academy 2017

Wednesday, June 28

13:00 Gathering outside the European Parliament (Altiero Spinelli entrance)

13:30 Opening

YDE President, Antoine CARETTE

LYMEC President, Sissel KVIST

14:00 Welcome

Guy VERHOFSTADT, Leader of the ALDE Group in the European Parliament (TBC)

14:15 Group photo

14:30 Communication

ALDE Group Communications team

15:00 Coffee break 

15:15 Party Political Youth Organisations’ debate on the Future of the EU

LYMEC: President Sissel KVIST

YDE: President, Antoine CARETTE




ECR Youth


Moderator: European Youth Forum

17:15: Introduction to the panels and first plenary discussion on the joint statement

18:00 Closing of day 1

Free evening. However, check with your organisation if they have any organised programme


Thursday, June 29

09:15 Gathering outside the European Parliament (Altiero Spinelli entrance)

09:30 Innovation and entrepreneurship Are we falling behind because of excessive bureaucracy and too little support for new ideas and technology? Young entrepreneurs, their needs and their expectations from the EU – is there a level playing field?

10:30 The governance of the internet in an open continent Data protection, cyber security, common digital market and European leaders - are we still leading or are we falling behind?

11:30 Trade Free trade and society, where are we going with people wanting the benefits of free trade but at the same time opposing free trade? What does this mean for EU?

12:30 LUNCH

13:30 The future of the EU

  • Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MEP

Should the EU be a global actor or should we look inwards and fix our own problems first (take a more isolationist position)? Do we need to reform the EU 60 years after the Treaty of Rome and 25 years after the Treaty of Maastricht?

14:30 Introduction to the afternoons team work 

15:00 Plenary discussion on the joint statement: what to include, which scope we want

Moderated by LYMEC and YDE

16:00 Coffee (PHS 5B001)

16:15 Amendment discussion

Moderated by LYMEC and YDE

17:00 Final debate and adoption of joint statement, decision on next steps

Moderated by LYMEC and YDE

18:00 Closing


20:00 DINNER and farewell party (Venue tbd)


Friday, June 30

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