The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) launches the fourth the youth plenary session "Your Europe, Your Say". This event aimed at young people aged 16-17 take places in Brussels every year. Pupils from the penultimate year of secondary school in the 27 Member States of the European Union to play the role of EESC members by taking part in a mock plenary session are invited to take part.
The event not only enables participants to find out about Europe and the EESC's role within the European Union and to understand the decision-making processes. It is also be a rare opportunity for them to debate a specific subject in a multicultural environment: to think, put forward arguments, negotiate and find a compromise. In the European Year of Citizens 2013, we will focus also on the importance of active citizenship and participatory democracy. Above and beyond the work on the predetermined topic, students will be able to discuss Europe and many other subjects, talk with young people from a whole range of backgrounds, discover new cultures and go home with a lot of memories that they will not forget.