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Issue 489, 24 March 2003
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Young people in the region to have their say on Europe


Young people from across the region can have their say on the future of Europe, at a major conference in Leeds. The event will debate and inform the issues facing the EU Convention on the Future of Europe, due to submit its final report to the Commission in June. It has been organised by the University’s Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence, with the support of Leeds city council and the European parliament.

Professor Juliet LodgeJMECE director, Professor Juliet Lodge (pictured left), said: “The European Convention is an historic moment for the European Union, just as the Philadelphia convention which wrote the US constitution was for America. This conference in Leeds is the only event of its kind taking place in the UK, and offers a unique opportunity for young people to make their voices heard.”

The Danish ambassador, fresh from Denmark’s year holding the EU presidency, is one of many high-ranking speakers who will attend. European enlargement is also on the agenda, with the Polish ambassador and representatives from the Hungarian Embassy due to speak.

Speakers from the University include Professor Lodge, who will be questioning whether Europe is open, accountable and democratic, and Julie Firmstone and Emily Gray from the Centre for European Political Communication, looking at Britain, Europe, the euro and the media.

Rory Palmer of the Young European Movement, MEP for Yorkshire and Humber Richard Corbett and Dr Richard Whitman from the University of Westminster complete the list.

While the conference is open to all young people from across the EU, Professor Lodge says it’s very important that it is happening in Leeds.

“Too many events about Europe take place in London. We wanted to ensure the north of England was also included, and so were very pleased to get the support of the city council to hold this event in Leeds. While entry is open to all, we hope to attract large numbers of young people from the city and the region,” she said.

Students can register for the conference by contacting Natalie Hey on ext 35288 or email The cost is around £12 per person, including refreshments.

See the full conference programme


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