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Why care voting in the European parliament elections?

Hosted by the Consul of the Thessaloniki City Trotters Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 17 Mar 09:30 - 17:00

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Thessaloniki InterNations members join our workshop on the European Union, organized together with the ACT Division of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Public and Humanitarian Service with the support of the European Parliament – Office in Greece, and learn why this time we're voting!

European Parliament Elections are often characterized by high abstention rates, and in many countries, including Greece, they are perceived as an opportunity to cast a vote of disapproval of national policies. Is abstention from elections or a disapproval vote as simple and consequence-free as we may think? The event is addressed to high school and college students, and professionals with an interest in EU affairs, eager to learn about EU decision making processes, the challenges the EU faces, and the responses European citizens themselves can provide. Participants will be divided into working groups to discuss and exchange views on specific themes, working with an assigned moderator. The working language for high school groups will be Greek while the one for College students will be English.

09: Protected content Registration

10: Protected content Welcome and introductory remarks

Mr. Haris Kountouros, Public Relations Officer, European Parliament - Office in Greece
Dr. Sotiris Serbos, Assistant Professor of International Politics, Democritus University of Thrace
11: Protected content Coffee break

12: Protected content Working groups / Parallel sessions

Working Group Protected content participation in European elections: What mobilizes young voters? How do they perceive the European Parliament and the upcoming election?
Working Group Protected content role of media, internet and technology in shaping political views and public opinion, esp. in relation to the EU
Working Group Protected content Identity: Is there such a thing as a European identity or do national identities prevail? How does the youth perceive populism and nationalism? Are these two threats for the EU? How can they be confronted?
14: Protected content Lunch

15: Protected content Discussion and concluding remarks

Working Groups presentations
Discussion and concluding remarks.

Although the workshop is free, reservation is needed before 14th of march.
4 members min.with call or sms.

Welcome all!