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Young Voices: European Engagement and the EU's Image

Policy Workshop

15. July 2022 - (CEST) - KAS MDPD is hosting a closed-door policy workshop with youth representatives and EU decision makers on the future of EU's youth engagement. Take a look at the program and apply to participate!

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Policy Workshop - “Young Voices European engagement and the EU's image” - Friday 15th July 2022

📌 The EU together with its Member States is the top investor and development assistant provider in the world. Yet, in public perception, there seems to be a discrepancy between the EU's financial contribution and its visibility. This again might lead to the impression that the EU's role in important partner countries is diminishing. The EU wishes to counter this narrative, especially among young people. As a part of this effort, the EU is preparing a Youth Action Plan in EU external action, which will be published by the end of the year 2022.


📣 Together with worldwide KAS offices and their partners, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung - Multinational Development Policy Dialogue (KAS MDPD) asked youth members who are engaged in EU funded programs or projects in Africa, Asia or Latin America about their perceptions of the European Union and its engagement in their countries. In short videos, young people portrayed their perceptions, expectations and wishes on the EU’s role in their country – answering two difficult questions: “Has the EU´s engagement triggered change in your country” and “what could the EU do differently in the future”.

📲 "Young Voices - Perceptions on the EU’s global engagement" - Watch the full playlist (


📌 The produced short videos focus on the thematic areas Participation + Democracy, Freedom + Security as well as Climate + Energy. Based on the video series, the insights shall now be discussed in a closed-door event covering the aforementioned thematic areas with selected Young Voices and European decision makers, in which both sides can exchange ideas on how to develop EU policies in selected regions. The outcomes of this discussion shall be synthesized into a policy report and disseminated afterwards.

📲 Learn more: Youth Action Plan – involving young people in EU external action (



Are you under 35 years? Have you engaged with the EU on topics like peace and security, climate change or on democracy in Africa, Asia, Latin-America or in the MENA region? Do you want to contribute to EU policy making? We want to hear your suggestions!


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Program - 15. July 2022, 12.00/13.45 (CEST) 


12.00 Welcome remarks

Janne Leino, Programme Manager for Foreign Policy and Multilateralism (KAS MDPD) 


12.05 Introductory remarks from moderator

Constantin Knuhr, KAS MDPD 


12:10 Young Voices Video Presentation 


12.15 Keynote Speech: The EU and Global Youth

Renaud Savignat, European Commission, Member of Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen's cabinet (Directorate General for International Partnerships)


12.30 Breakout Sessions on the EU's engagement with the global youth – Reality Check

Breakout-Room 1: Young people in political decision-making 
Moderated by Hind Abushkhadim, MA in Global Development and Foresight specialized in global development policies


Breakout-Room 2: Global Youth between war and peace 
Moderated by Kwezi Tabaro, Deputy Director of LéO Africa Institute


Breakout-Room 3: Young people powering the future of the planet
Moderated by Maria Emilia Burgos, EU Climate Pact Ambassador 


13.10 The EU´s engagement with the Global Youth: Presentation and discussion of priorities from the break-out sessions – a discussion with 

Agnieska Skuratowicz, Head of Unit Youth, Education and Culture, Directorate General for International Partnerships
Moderater:  Constantin Knuhr, KAS MDPD


13.40 Closing remark by Agniezka Skuratowicz 


13.45 End of event


You can register here:

Please state shortly in a couple of sentences your relevant experience and motivation to participate.

Participation is limited to max. 30 persons. For further details contact Constantin Knuhr at 

Here you will find the program for download: Event_Young Voices_European Engagement and the EU Image.pdf

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Janne Leino

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Programme Manager Foreign and Security Policy / Multilateral Issues +32 2 66931-72 +32 2 66931-62

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Head of the Department EU Projects +49 30 26996-3470