Elena Schulz-Ruhtenberg and Neslihan Altun, who both study Public Policy at Sciences Po and the Hertie School respectively, are the winners of the first ever competition of futurEU, a student-led initiative that aims to contribute to shaping the European Union of tomorrow.
A platform to give young citizens a voice on EU reform
futurEU is a student-led initiative, founded in 2019 by master 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, the futurEU Team is planning a second edition of its competition for the academic year 2021/22. The competition provides CIVICA students and PhD researchers with a platform to actively find and propose policy solutions tackling questions of EU reform.
The futurEU Team is looking for like-minded, interested individuals to become Campus Leaders, which will be essential in the efforts to promote the competition across the CIVICA alliance. Read more about the position and apply here.
First edition (academic year 2020/21)
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 seven 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.
futurEU is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).