This year, the theme of the festival is ‘youth’ to coincide with the European Year of Youth. 2022 is a year in which we find ourselves looking to a future beyond the pandemic, and this year the Commission is looking to young people for the vision, engagement and participation to build a better future, that is greener, more inclusive and digital.

With this proposal, Europe is striving to give young people more and better opportunities for the future. At the same time, the Conference of the Future of Europe concludes in May 2022 and thus we are looking to interpret and discuss the lessons learnt from the Conference with a vision towards the future of participatory and deliberative democracy in Europe, with a focus on how the Conference can inform and inspire further initiatives.

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