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European Student Assembly


What is the European Student Assembly?

The European Student Assembly (ESA) is a grassroots project that gathers each year more than 200 students from most European University Alliances (EUA) to debate current issues, draft political recommendations for the future of Europe and advocate them among stakeholders and decision makers. One of the flagship projects of the European Universities Community (EUC), the ESA is entirely designed and implemented by a steering committee composed of students and academic and non academic staff members from different higher education institutions.

Objectives

  • Voicing the opinion of EUA students from different countries, backgrounds, fields and levels of study, all recruited for their engagement and motivation.
  • Fostering the participation of students within EUAs while reinforcing collaboration between them and increasing the impact and visibility of the EUA initiative.
  • Advocating deliberative processes as a way to regenerate European democracy and to reduce the gap between citizens and decision makers.
  • Encourage students to get involved in European politics at local, national and European level and increase their participation in European democratic processes.

Expected outcomes

The participants of the ESA 2023 will produce a collection of recommendations on 10 debating topics.

The Assembly itself will be followed by a series of dissemination events gathering stakeholders and decision makers where students will advocate and disseminate their recommendations among various actors such as municipalities, companies, NGOs, who are active at different levels of the European political life.

Debating topics

  • Panel 1 – Deliberative versus representative democracy? How to reduce the gap between citizens and policy-makers and create a more united Europe?
  • Panel 2 – Lessons from the past? How could the French-German history of reconciliation serve as a model to overcome conflicts and build unity?
  • Panel 3 – How to secure fair and sustainable access to energy in Europe at different levels?
  • Panel 4 – From farm to fork. How can local food distribution channels contribute to a fairer and more sustainable European food system?
  • Panel 5 – Taking better care of each other. What should be the European approach to mental health?
  • Panel 6 – How to ensure a fair and sustainable digital transition in a context of exploding demand and raw material scarcity?
  • Panel 7 – Is the EU in a position to develop an efficient foreign policy and an autonomous defence policy that would ensure the safety of its citizens?
  • Panel 8 – Cities of the future. How could sustainable cities contribute in European autonomy and people welfare?
  • Panel 9 – Excellence versus inclusion? How can European universities contribute to provide a more inclusive access to skills and knowledge?
  • Panel 10 – European Year of Skills – What role can higher education institutions play in reducing the skills gap in Europe?

 

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