January 28, 2022

#Ensemble 3.0: Franco-German Youth Exchange begins today!

Young Europeans from Germany and France discuss the future of Europe in the context of the French EU Council Presidency.

The third edition of #Ensemble: Franco-German Youth Exchange will take place from January 28 to 30 in a hybrid format. Young people from Germany and France will debate topics related to the future of Europe at the invitation of the European Youth Parliament and the Franco-German Youth Office.

In view of the presidential and federal elections in France and Germany, as well as the French EU Council Presidency, the democratic participation of young people in the political process is currently of particular importance. #Ensemble 3.0, therefore, offers a platform for young people to critically question the challenges of the coming years. These include, among others, climate change and energy transition, participatory democracy; social rights and human rights; industry and competitiveness.

The conference will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 28 with words of welcome from the general secretaries Anne Tallineau and Tobias Bütow, the Deputy Executive Director of the Schwarzkopf Foundation, Kerstin Eckart as well as the President from the European Youth Parliament France, Thomas Poitevin.

During the following panel discussion, participants will be able to exchange views with Almut Möller, State Secretary and Plenipotentiary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the Federation, the European Union, and for foreign affairs; Christophe Arend, President of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly’s Bureau, member of the National Assembly for La République en Marche!; Clara Föller, President of the Young European Federalists Germany and Hugo Leclerc, Founder and President of the Think Tank DenkFabrik during the opening ceremony. The debate can be joined online, without prior registration on Youtube.

On the last day of the conference, participants will have the unique opportunity to discuss their proposed solutions with Daniel Mes, Cabinet Member of the Executive Vice President of the European Commission – Frans Timmermans.

The General Secretaries of the Franco-German Youth Office, Anne Tallineau and Tobias Bütow, say of the meeting: “At the beginning of the French Council Presidency and at the start of the European Year of Youth, we are bringing young people from Germany and France together for a unique intercultural exchange. Because Germany, France and Europe are confronted with the same risks and opportunities. Our common future will only succeed if young people help shape it together and across borders.”

#Ensemble 3.0 was organized in cooperation with the European Youth Parliament France, the European Youth Parliament Germany, the Franco-German Youth Office and the International Office of the European Youth Parliament. For more information about the project, please visit the website here.

The press release is available in German and French.

For more information about the #Ensemble, please visit the project page.