Do you want to be part of a historic moment? you can! By winning a trip, all costs covered, to Maastricht to ask your question at the First European Presidential Debate, live on TV in front of millions of viewers.
Very Simple, and will only take 2 minutes. Do you have an issue that you want Europe to focus on? A question that you would like the presidential candidates in the next European elections in May to answer? Then send us your question, share it with your friends and peers.
If your question is the most popular amongst young people in Europe, we will invite you to come to Maastricht on 28th April for the First ever Presidential debate, live broadcast on Euronews in prime time.
In 2014, the European electorate will go to the polls on 22-25 May, and this time – due to the changes that came with the Lisbon Treaty – there is an important new development: for the first time in history, the President of the European Commission, the EU’s executive power, will be selected according to the results of the European elections.
The debate in Maastricht will be the first ever occasion at which all candidates come together to debate their ideas and answer questions from the public. We will gather questions submitted by young people from across Europe one month before the debate. In an unprecedented collaboration between European universities and youth civil society, the University of Maastricht and the European Youth Forum will mobilise their networks to ensure an unprecedented Europe-wide participatory approach to the debate.
If you wish to submit a question to be asked to the candidates, you can do so through two channels:
1. You can participate by responding to the question “what do you want politicians to focus on?” on www.youngvoters.eu
- Go to www.youngvoters.eu
- Click on Login and register to the LYV platform (you can use your Facebook account)
- Click on “start a topic” on the upper menu and submit your question to the candidates.
Questions submitted on www.youngvoters.eu
before 10th April will enter the competition to win the trip to Maastricht.
2. The second option to submit a question is through Maastricht University, which has contacted 50 European universities overall to contribute to the debate. The partner universities will be sent question forms to be shared with their students. If you are from one of these universities, fill in the question form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The questions asked to the candidates will be selected from those that have gathered the most interest from young people.
If you win the competition, and your post on www.youngvoters.eu
gathers the most attention of young people, then we will invite you, cover your travel and accommodation costs, and you will be one of very few people who will get to ask your question to the candidates live on Euronews TV.
For more information on the debate on 28th April, go to www.eudebate2014.eu
or join the dedicated Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/299112986909322/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
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