Conference organised by the German Delegation to the Congress of the Council of Europe
DATE AND TIME
29 April 2021, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
In the framework of the German Presidency in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, a conference under the motto “Strong Regional Cooperation and Strong Youth Participation for a Stronger Europe” will address the pivotal roles which regional cooperation and youth participation play for building a stronger Europe. In the course of the conference the Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC) will be presented and elaborated on as a good example of interregional cooperation and the work of the Council of Europe regarding youth participation on local and regional levels will be discussed. In doing so the conference aims at identifying best practices and aspects which can and should be developed further, pursuing the objective of interconnecting the topics of regional cooperation and youth participation. The results of the event will be integrated into the work of the German Delegation to the Congress of the Council of Europe.
|16:00 – 16:10||Welcome Notes by the Head of the German Delegation, Sören Schumacher, Member of the State Parliament of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, SOC|
|16:10 – 16:55||Lab I: Regional Cooperation|
This lab will focus on regional parliamentary cooperation. After a short introduction to the work of the BSPC by the Secretary General Bodo Bahr, the speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities of regional parliamentary cooperation in a roundtable debate.
Pyry Niemi, President of the BSPC, Member of the Swedish Parliament (tbc)
Johannes Schraps, Vice-President of the BSPC, Member of the German Bundestag
Carola Veit, President of the State Parliament of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Former President of the BSPC (tbc)
Cecilie Tenfjord-Toftby, Chairwoman of the BSPC Working Group on Climate Change and Biodiversity (CCB), Member of the Swedish Parliament (tbc)
Liz Mattsson, Vice-Chairwoman of the BSPC Working Group CCB, Member of the Parliament of Åland (tbc)
|16:55 – 17:00||Coffee Break|
|17:00 – 17:45||Lab II: Youth Participation|
This lab will focus on youth participation in the digital age by presenting the results of the study session of the Congress of Europe: “W(e)-participate: Harnessing Digital Innovation for Youth Participation at the Local Level“.
Speaker: Gianluca Rossino, DYPALL Network Italy, Italian Youth Delegate to the Congress of the Council of Europe
The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Alina Wenger, German Youth Delegate to the Congress of the Council of Europe.
|17:45 – 18:00|| Final Wrap-Up and Call for Action|
Lab 1 by Bodo Bahr and Sören Schumacher
Lab 2 by Dr. Bernd Vöhringer, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress, Lord Mayor of the City of Sindelfingen
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE DISCUSSED SUBJECTS
If you want to participate in the online conference, we ask you to register by sending an email info[at]soeren-schumacher.de.