futurEU student competition

First futurEU competition: giving young citizens a voice on EU reform

futurEU is a student-led initiative founded in 2019 by graduate students of the Hertie School, and seeking to contribute to shaping the EU of tomorrow by involving students in the public debate.

With the support of the Jacques Delors Centre Berlin, the Hertie School and CIVICA, futurEU organised its first student competition throughout the academic year 2020/21.

The goal of the competition was to provide CIVICA students and PhD researchers with a platform to encourage them to actively find and propose policy solutions tackling questions of EU reform.

Visionary scenario: The European Council President just convened a Convention for treaty reform. Your team has been given carte blanche (full discretion) on preparing one major treaty reform to be negotiated at the intergovernmental conference. What reform would your team present?

The competition consisted of two rounds: written and oral. For the written round, 39 teams made up of 122 students from 7 CIVICA universities submitted policy briefs on the competition’s topic. Eights briefs were selected for the oral rounds and presented in front of a jury of experts during the semi-finals. The best two teams presented their briefs in the public Final Round on 15 April 2021.

The winning team consists of Neslihan Altun (master's student, Hertie School) and Elena Schulz-Ruhtenberg (master's student, Sciences Po), with a proposal on EU treaty reform focused on the Committee of the Regions. The team will work on their proposal with experts from the Jacques Delors Centre Berlin and get their policy brief published on the Centre's website.

For more information, visit www.futureu-initiative.org or contact the team via www.futureu-initiative.org/contact

futurEU is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

futurEU competition - Final round

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