“Young Europe” competition: What kind of Europe do young people want?

-Online competition for more visibility of the young generation in the European political debate
-Submissions are discussed with politicians in workshops, Europa-Comic and “Charta Young Europe” take up ideas
-project of the TUI Foundation in cooperation with Think Tank iRights.Lab

Hanover/Berlin, 16 November 2018 – Under the title “Young Europe”, the TUI Foundation in cooperation with the iRights.Lab think tank is launching a hands-on project on the future of Europe. Young people between the ages of 16 and 26 are invited to talk about their vision of Europe and how they see their lives in Europe. The five best entries will be rewarded with a three-day trip to Brussels. The hash day for the project is #YoungEurope.

There are no limits to the type of contributions. They can be submitted as an essay, statement, video or photo via WhatsApp, Telegram message or via a text editor on the project’s website www.young-eu.com . Young Europe would also like to explicitly invite refugees to participate. Contributions to the future of Europe are possible until 22 December 2018.
“The TUI Foundation would like to give its work to young people a voice in the European political debate. We want to encourage people to think about Europe. In view of the forthcoming European elections, the competition is an opportunity to become part of the public dialogue on Europe. And we are looking forward to exciting, surprising and controversial submissions,” says Elke Hlawatschek, Managing Director of the TUI Foundation.

All submissions form the basis for a “Charter of Young Europe”. In a workshop, young Europeans* design them together with experts* from the world of politics. Some of the young people who take part in the competition will be invited to the workshop in Berlin.

In addition, the participants’ stories and thoughts form the basis for a graphic novel – a comic novel. A workshop with young Europeans* and two illustrators will also be held at the beginning of 2019. Here, too, there is a chance of being invited to Berlin – if you share your own ideas about the future of Europe on the project’s website. Together they will work on the story. The result will be published before the European elections in May 2019.

Philipp Otto, Director of iRights.Lab: “The idea of a common Europe cannot simply be defined from above. It has to be thought of, developed and lived again and again by the people. This is only possible with a variety of participation possibilities and with Young Europe we would like to call for participation. The appeal is primarily directed at young people. They are the future of this invaluable community.”

About the TUI Foundation
The TUI Foundation promotes and implements projects relating to “Young Europe”. Its aim is to strengthen the idea of Europe. It therefore makes long-term investments 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 developing strategies and practical solutions to help shape the changes in the digital world. It supports public institutions, foundations, companies, science and politics in mastering the challenges of digitization and in making effective and positive use of its multifaceted potential. To this end, it combines legal, technical, economic and socio-political expertise.

Contact persons
Christian Rapp, Head of Communications
Phone: +49 (0) 170 566 6028