In June, over 8000 young people travelled to Straßburg to participate in the European Youth Event 2018. Y Vote was there too! We held a fishbowl discussion about the interaction with young Europeans and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Terry Reintke, MEP, joined us for a very fruitful discussion as well as Loes Rutten, the president of AEGEE-Europe at the time. In a very informal atmosphere, Terry talked about her daily schedule, Loes explained the perspective of youth organisations in Brussels and together with our participants, we discussed how the interaction between young people and MEPs can be improved. This includes recommendations to MEPs, as well as tips for us to keep in mind when contacting an MEP: See the results here!

What is a fishbowl discussion, you may ask. It is a very interactive format where some people sit in the middle in a circle and discuss while the rest sits around them and listens. In our discussion, our two speakers, Terry and Loes, were sitting in the middle the whole time, while three more participants could join them for ten minutes each. Other participants could also ask questions via Slido. Find a more detailed description here, if you want to organise a similar event yourself!

Written by Leonie Riebesam

Local Actions Manager

Leonie became active in AEGEE in 2014 after joining a debate organised as part of the previous Y Vote edition. As local actions manager of the current Y Vote project she hopes to motivate many fellow Europeans to organise such smaller events and motivate more people to vote, get informed about the EU and participate actively in society. Other than AEGEE and Europe, her interests are mathematics (which she is doing a master in now), dancing and exploring the world.