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 Universitys Jean Monnet
European Centre of Excellence, with the support
of Leeds city council and the European parliament.
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 Denmarks
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 its very important that it is happening
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,
Students can register for the conference by
contacting Natalie Hey on ext 35288 or email
The cost is around £12 per person, including
the full conference programme