48 hours to discover Europe!
Over a weekend in Brittany, on 12 and 13 November, a group of fifty young people from all backgrounds attended the "48 hours of Europe" event organised by the European Democrats and Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, French MEP (MoDem) and co-president of the Renaissance delegation in the European Parliament. 48 hours of Europe during which these young people were put to work and became real actors of European democracy.
The fifty young people arrived at the Domaine des Ormes, in Dol-de-Bretagne, Ille-et-Vilaine, with a definite appetite for Europe. Marie-Pierre Vedrenne wanted to offer everyone the opportunity to better understand European issues and to take part in a wide range of activities.
They were therefore quickly asked to carry out a parliamentary simulation on their arrival on Friday morning. The aim? To put themselves in the shoes of MEPs from different political groups in order to propose amendments to a bill on the carbon adjustment mechanism at the European Union's borders, and in this way defend the ideas and values of the groups they represented. It was a complex but exciting game in which the young people were able to express their talent, accompanied by members of the Young Europeans from France.
On Saturday, after a rich and moving exchange with Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, the participants had the opportunity to try their hand at a creathon in order to propose concrete solutions for the Conference on the future of Europe. Clément Beaune, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, concluded this edition by insisting on the fact that "We must change Europe even when we love it".
In conclusion, Marie-Pierre Vedrenne recalled the importance of making Europe accessible to all, of making the European Union more understandable, explaining that it affects the daily life of all, and in particular of all young people. Hence the absolute necessity to see young people take part in the debate through this type of event to exchange and debate on Europe.
In the end, it is with European stars in their eyes that our young people leave Brittany and already imagine themselves in a second edition of 48h of Europe!