A Citizens’ Agora to combat youth unemployment

If you are interested to participate in the Citizen’s Agora on Youth Unemployment, please carefully read the following. The European Parliament’s Citizens’ Agora on Youth Unemployment aims to gather young people from all over Europe to discuss the current challenges in Europe’s employment market. Two young people from each Member State of the European Union, aged between 18 and 30, will be invited to this conference – one who is employed and one who is unemployed. They will debate with participants from the other Member States, with the assistance of experts on a number of specific topics related to youth unemployment. The recommendations coming out of this Citizens’ Agora will be communicated to European decision makers.

The European Parliament’s Citizens’ Agora

The European Parliament has been organising consultations with the civil society under the title of Citizens’ Agora since 2007. The Agora is an open discussion space where citizens from all over Europe come together and at the end present a common position on the topic.

Over three days, participants are invited to share their experiences, debate with other young people from Europe and come up with recommendations for Europe’s politicians to tackle youth unemployment.

The Citizens’ Agora will take place in Brussels from Wednesday 6 November midday to Friday 8 November 2013 midday.

A social programme is foreseen in the evenings, including a visit to the Parlamentarium, the European Parliament’s interactive visitors’ centre.

How to participate?

Participants in the Citizens’ Agora on Youth Unemployment should be between 18 and 30 years old and reside in one of the EU’s 28 Member States. As the debates will be held in English, French, German or Spanish it is essential that participants are able to debate in one of these languages. Passive translation will also be available in Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Polish, meaning participants will be able to listen to the debate in these languages. However they should be able to intervene in the debate in one of the four languages mentioned above (English, French, German or Spanish).

Interested participants should fill out the application form before 6 September 2013. They should have the authorisation to travel, as certain unemployment agencies may impose travel restrictions. The European Parliament can provide participants with an attendance certificate.

The selection process will take place during the first week of September 2013.

Transport and accommodation costs of all participants will be covered by the European Parliament.

Privacy Statement

Personal data will be processed in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (CE) 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.

Further to Article 11 and Article 12 of this Regulation, the European Parliament provides the data subjects with the following information:

• The controller is the European Parliament, Directorate General for Communication, Events and Exhibitions Unit. The person designated as being in charge of the processing operation is Mr Francis Gutmann. Email: DGCOMM-Events@europarl.europa.eu
• The purpose of the processing is to select participants who will attend the conference.
• The categories of data collected and used for the processing operations are administrative and career data.
• The recipients of the data are the European Parliament’s Innovation and Technical Support Directorate General, the travel agency and the hotel where participants will be accommodated.
• Data subjects have the right of access and the right to rectify the data concerning them by contacting the person designated as being in charge of the processing operation.
• The legal basis of the processing operation at stake is Article 11 of the TEU, which states that “the Institutions shall, by appropriate means, give citizens and representative associations the opportunity to make known and publicly exchange their views in all areas of Union action”
• The time limits for storing the data are the following: July 2013 to 30 June 2014.

Should you have any queries concerning the processing of your personal data, please address them to the European Parliament’s Events and Exhibitions’ Unit: DGCOMM-Events@europarl.europa.eu.

You can also send an email to the European Parliament’s data protection officer (Data-Protection@europarl.europa.eu).

As regards the processing of your personal data, you have a right to recourse at any time to the European Data Protection Supervisor (http://www.edps.europa.eu).

Are you still interested?

Please fill out the attached form. A random selection will be organised by the European Parliament’s services. You will be informed about the result of your application in the course of September 2013. Thank you!