Democracy and European Emerging Values: The Right to Decide

Events / 10.9.15



This conference proposes to discuss the main finding of the 2015 publication “Democracy and European Emerging Values: The Right to Decide”  developed thanks to a joint effort by the European Free Alliance Youth and Centre Maurits Coppieters. It aims at exploring and reflecting the opinions of young people about the future of Europe.

It compiles political views of youth activists from all over Europe and it is in itself an exercise of promotion of linguistic diversity.

It represents a call for a more social and united Europe, one that takes into account the needs of its peoples, respects and protects its cultural and linguistic diversity and provides hope and opportunity for the future generations.

Keynote Speakers and schedule:

09:00 – Welcome word

• David Minoves. CIEMEN

09:10 – Opening of the first panel: Challenging the current European State system.

• Roccu Garoby. President of EFAy
• Gerard Gómez del Moral. Spokesperson of JERC

09:30 to 11:30 – First panel

• Morgan Horn. Vice-conveyor, Scottish National Party Students (Scotland)
• Christophe Bostyn. European project manager and writer (Vlaanderen)
• Lilit Asryan. Head of Press Service, National Assembly of NKR (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic)
• Elsa Berg. Board member, Unga Tjóðveldið (Faroe Islands)

Moderator: Victor Gallou. Vice-president for Self-Determination, EFAy

11:30 to 12:00 – Debate


15:00 – Opening of the Second panel: Building the self-determination right in Europe

• Günther Dauwen. Secretary General of the Centre Maurits Coppieters.

15:10 to 16:30 – Second panel

• James Summers. Law School Lecturer, Lancaster University.
• Johanna Green. Program Manager, UNPO.
• Josep Costa. Politic Theory Lecturer, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
• Quim Torra. President of Òmnium Cultural and former director of Born Centre Cultural

Moderator: Lluís Pérez. Academic Director, Josep Irla Foundation.

16:30 to 17:00 – Debate


When: Friday 10th September 2015, from 09:00 to 17:00
Where: CIEMEN. Rocafort, 242 bis, 2n. 08029 Barcelona. Catalunya (Països Catalans)


Interpretation will be provided in English and Catalan.


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This Conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.

This conference is supported by the Youth in Action program. The European Commission is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.

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This conference is a joint initiative of the European Free Alliance Youth and the Centre Maurits Coppieters in cooperation with CIEMEN and Joventuts d’Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya.