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Youth Parliament Debate: Finals in Brussels


The best young European debaters have won their ticket to participate in the Brussels-based Youth Parliament’s debate to be held in the European Parliament on 10 October 2008. The debate will be organised under the patronage of Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament.

In a bold move to demonstrate the industry’s willingness to engage and contribute to the energy and climate protection challenges. PlasticsEurope will host this debate on energy, climate protection and the contribution of plastics to those topics.

This event is the final of a series of ten Youth Parliament Debates organised throughout Europe in the course of 2007 - 2008. 1,000 young people passionately argued their points of view with the goal of reaching this last stage, but only 100 got through, representing eight European countries: Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK.

The pro faction speech will be given by Ray Hammond, famous Futurologist, while the con faction one will be delivered by David Gow, European business journalist at The Guardian. Four students will present the initial pro arguments of the role of plastics and another four will stand up for the con side, the other participants will be given the floor to interrupt and debate with the speakers. At the end of the session, the top ten debaters will be elected by an international jury and from that group the one European winner will be chosen.

Youth Parliament Debates: A video-summary of the event

A promotional video-clip about the event (wmv, 4 MB)