Recovery, Sustainability, Digital and More: Debate with Young People in Portugal on 24 May

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19/05/2022

Young people, European Commission  representatives, Portuguese ministers and local officials, university members, and the business community get together in Portugal to discuss the future of Europe regarding sustainability, climate action, digital transformation and employment during a debate at the University of Porto.

Follow the online live streaming on the 24th of May 2022, 16:00-18:00 CET (15:00-17:00 GMT) at https://www.facebook.com/RepresentacaoComissaoEuropeia

This university debate, an initiative of the Commission's Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) was developed with the support of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto (FEP).

In this year dedicated to youth (#EuropeanYearOfYouth), the European Commission strives to engage the young leaders of tomorrow. In the presence of Sofia Alves, Director for Administrative Capacity Building and Programme Implementation in DG REGIO, more than two dozen FEP students will discuss Europe's future in terms of sustainability, climate action, digital transformation and employment in a unique debate - in Portuguese - with the Portuguese Minister of Territorial Cohesion, the Vice-Mayor of Porto and other business representatives.

At the forefront of the debate is the comprehensive and ambitious recovery plan launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including REACT-EU (Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe), one of the largest programmes under the new instrument Next Generation EU amounting to EUR 50.6 billion.

These new investments will have a direct and significant impact on future generations. As such, the European Commission is deeply committed to involve young people and as well their opinions, that matter and are considered, in the React-EU plan and their future developments.

What’s on the programme?

16:00 | Welcome and Opening Remarks

José Manuel Janeira Varejão, Director, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto

16:15 | Setting the Scene

Sofia Alves, Director for Administrative Capacity Building and Programmes Implementation European Commission - Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy

16:30 | Debate with the Participants

○ Sofia Alves, Director for Administrative Capacity Building and Programmes Implementation European Commission - Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
○ Ana Abrunhosa, Minister of Territorial Cohesion
○ Filipe Araújo, Vice – Mayor of Porto
○ Pedro Gil, Member of the Scientific Council, Faculdade Economia, Universidade do Porto
○ Joao Dolores, Chief Financial Officer, and Board Member of Sonae Group
 Moderator: Rosália Amorim, Diretora do Diário de Notícias

 17:15 | Open Debate with participants and students

Moderator: Rosália Amorim, Director of Diário de Notícias

  

Stay tuned via Twitter, following the accounts @EUinMyRegion and @CE_PTrep

To follow the debate live on 24th May, connect to https://www.facebook.com/RepresentacaoComissaoEuropeia. The replay will be available on @EUinMyRegion YouTube channel.

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