In November 2015, the European Parliament Information Office in the UK hosted two free events for young people to explore ‘The Future of European Democracy’ as part of the 2015 Parliament Week programme, a UK-wide series of events and activities arranged by the UK Parliament. The purpose of the week is to build awareness of the roles of parliaments and of citizens in a democracy.
The Democratic Society were invited to design and organise the events, which were held on:
- Wednesday 18th November, London (Europe House), 14:00-18:00
- Friday 20th November, Edinburgh (EPIO Office), 13:30-17:30
These events were designed to give participants the space to learn and think about the concept of democracy; to learn more about the European Parliament and the UK Parliament by hearing directly from representatives of the institutions; and to explore ideas for what they would like to see happen for democracy in Europe in the future. No previous knowledge or experience of politics was necessary to attend.
“We think that its important to provide people with more information about what the European Union actually does and how it works, how it operates, through events like this and organisations like this [Demsoc], it’s really helpful. if people understand why it’s there, they’re more likely to get involved“ – feedback from a participant in London