Char­ta of Young Europe” pre­sent­ed to the Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent and lead­ing Fed­er­al politi­cians

Under the title “Young Europe”, the TUI Foun­da­tion in coop­er­a­tion with the inde­pen­dent think tank iRights.Lab from Berlin launched a hands-on project on the future of Europe in Novem­ber 2018. Young peo­ple in Ger­many between the ages of 16 and 26 were invit­ed to talk about their vision of the future of Europe and how they imag­ine their lives in Europe. There were no lim­its to the type of con­tri­bu­tions they could make. More than 100 sub­mis­sions deal with the future of Europe.

All sub­mis­sions formed the basis for the “Char­ta of Young Europe”. In early 2019, 20 of the young peo­ple who took part in the com­pe­ti­tion were invit­ed to a work­shop in Berlin. There they worked togeth­er on the Char­ta, and speak­ers from pol­i­tics and the media had given them insights before­hand. On the basis of the sub­mis­sions, the young peo­ple devel­oped their own ideas for the Char­ta and inten­sive­ly dis­cussed them. The com­plete Char­ta can be down­loaded from www.young-eu.com .

With its work, the TUI Foun­da­tion wants to give young peo­ple a voice in the Euro­pean polit­i­cal debate. In view of the upcom­ing Euro­pean elec­tions, the com­pe­ti­tion is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to become part of the pub­lic dia­logue on Europe,” says Elke Hlawatschek, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the TUI Foun­da­tion.

This week, some of the work­shop par­tic­i­pants have come to Berlin to per­son­al­ly present “their” Char­ta to Ger­man politi­cians. Just in time for the Euro­pean elec­tions at the end of May, they want­ed to bring their ideas about the future of Europe direct­ly into pol­i­tics.

On Tues­day they were invit­ed by the Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent to Belle­vue Cas­tle. There the “Forum Belle­vue” took place, a panel dis­cus­sion on Europe. And on the fringes of the event, the young peo­ple had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to present a copy of their Char­ta to Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier.

The event con­tin­ued on Wednes­day: The leader of the CDU/CSU par­lia­men­tary group, Ralph Brinkhaus, took his time to meet the group. For most of them it was the first time in the Bun­destag — which is why the tour through the par­lia­ment build­ings after the meet­ing was anoth­er high­light of the young peo­ples´ visit. Ralph Brinkhaus was par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in whether the young peo­ple would like to con­tin­ue their com­mit­ment to Europe after the Euro­pean elec­tions. In the group, most of them will def­i­nite­ly do so! On thurs­day, Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al of the SPD, Lars Kling­beil, also received the group in the Bun­destag, he accept­ed the Char­ta. For him the youth today is clear­ly more polit­i­cal. Lars Kling­beil had live­ly dis­cus­sions with the par­tic­i­pants about top­ics such as digi­ti­sa­tion, the strength­en­ing of human rights, the pro­mo­tion of edu­ca­tion and Euro­pean exchange as well as ques­tions of a just and social Europe.

After the com­mit­ted work on con­tent by all those involved in the process of draft­ing the Char­ta, our task now is to trans­fer the results to where polit­i­cal deci­sions are made. With the han­dover to the Fed­er­al Pres­i­dent, the CDU/CSU par­lia­men­tary group leader in the Ger­man Bun­destag and the SPD Sec­re­tary Gen­er­al, impor­tant and influ­en­tial rep­re­sen­ta­tives have been reached. Now it´s up to pol­i­tics and we remain on it,” said Philipp Otto, Direc­tor of iRights.Lab.

About the TUI Foun­da­tion: The TUI Foun­da­tion pro­motes and imple­ments projects relat­ing to “Young Europe”. Its aim is to strength­en the idea of Europe. This is why it invests long-term in region­al, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al projects focus­ing on edu­ca­tion, train­ing and indi­vid­ual and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment. It is based in Hanover and is com­mit­ted to the com­mon good as an inde­pen­dent foun­da­tion.

About the iRights.Lab: The iRights.Lab is an inde­pen­dent think tank for the devel­op­ment of strate­gies and prac­ti­cal solu­tions to shape the changes in the dig­i­tal world advan­ta­geous­ly. It sup­ports pub­lic insti­tu­tions, foun­da­tions, com­pa­nies, sci­ence and pol­i­tics in mas­ter­ing the chal­lenges of dig­i­ti­za­tion and in mak­ing effec­tive and pos­i­tive use of the mul­ti­fac­eted poten­tial. To this end, it com­bines legal, tech­ni­cal, eco­nom­ic and socio-polit­i­cal exper­tise.

All infor­ma­tion about the project #YoungEu­rope can be found here.

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