Event Reports

EDS Council Meeting “Youth for Growth: Strengthening Generation E”

EDS organized its first Council meeting in Skopje

Together with EDS (European Democratic Students), the official student organization of the European People’s Party, the Youth Forces Union of VMRO-DPMNE co-hosted the first Council Meeting of the working year 2015/2016 under the title “Youth for Growth: Strengthening Generation E”. The event was held in Skopje from September 29th until October 4th with the financial and organizational support of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Skopje and the Wilfred Martens Center for European Studies.

The Council Meeting included over forty guests from 22 different nations, among them the President and Secretary-General of EDS, as well as several board members from the organization. All of the participants represent future leaders of their political parties and student organizations.

The key focus of the event was on three crucial issues: 1. Entrepreneurship; 2. Stimulating economic growth; and 3. The role of education in development. Crucial focus was put on these affairs when the delegates met with Macedonian policy-makers, as well as academics. Through a wide range of panels and forums, the delegates had the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas with politicians and academics from their host country.

During the Council Meeting itself, the agenda brought forward several motions, which focus on stimulating growth through youth policies, as well as current political issues such as the migrant crisis. These motions were forwarded to the EPP Political Group after the event.

This event provided the opportunity for future leaders from all around Europe to learn more about their host country and its role within the European continent. Furthermore, the productive discussions which took place provide a basis for developing future relations with the EDS and its member organizations, all with the goal of building a stronger, and more inclusive European future.

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