Leeds students debate Europe’s future

Leeds University students are to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to contribute to European Union policy when two EU Vice Presidents visit campus next week.

The visit will be made by the first vice president of the European Parliament Gianni Pittella, and Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee Anna Maria Darmanin.

They will host a debate with students from politics, law and the business school on the future of the EU and the part that young people want to play. They will then present those ideas to the European Parliament and to the EU's Civil Society organisations.

The debate, which is open to all Leeds undergraduates, will take place:

On:  Monday 10 October

At:   12.00-1.30pm

In:   Room LG.06, Liberty Building, Western Campus

Dr Charlie Dannreuther, a lecturer in European Political Economy from the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to engage at the highest level of policy influence.  It is a once in a lifetime chance and I am sure they will make the most of it."

Leeds is the first British university to be involved in this series of debates run by the EU until April 2012.  Leeds students will be able to influence discussions in other universities around Europe for months to come.

The two Vice Presidents will garner the thoughts, expectations, concerns and hopes of young European students as the raw material for a report 5 ideas for a younger Europe, to be given to all MEPs and civil society representatives in the European Economic and Social Committee. It is part of the EU's Going Local policy to narrow the gap between the general public and 'official' Europe.

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