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International Conference 'British Parliamentary Debate' (2018)

Between 11 and 13 September 2018, an international conference entitled 'British Parliamentary Debate' was held in Ljubljana, organised by Študentski dom Ljubljana together with the international association European University College Association. The conference was attended by over 50 Slovenian and international students.

Tuesday, 11 September, Venue: Europe House (Hiša EU, Dunajska 20, 1000 Ljubljana)
The first day a panel discussion was held in the EU House, during which experts discussed topics that have marked the dynamics of the European Union in the past: economic crisis, populism, lack of accountability of ruling elites, lack of vision of political parties, etc., and of course, sought solutions for the future of the European Union.

The speakers were:

  • doc. dr. Laris Gaiser, moderator, president of the Slovenian Pan-European Movement.
  • doc. dr. Boštjan Udovič, Professor at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana.
  • Zoran Stančič, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Slovenia.
  • Paul Jancar, Deputy Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland in Slovenia.
  • Mirela Mazalu, Secretary General of the European University College Association (EucA).

Wednesday, 12 September, Venue: Europe House (Hiša EU, Dunajska 20, 1000 Ljubljana)
The second day was characterized by workshops, during which the participants held three debates in the form of a British parliamentary debate. Each individual debate included one of the topics opened by experts on the first day of the panel discussion.

Thursday, 13 September, Venue: SDL (Studentski dom Ljubljana, Svetčeva ulica 9, 1000 Ljubljana)
The third day was intended for the activities of the citizens' initiative, where participants communicated and encouraged responsible and active citizenship of the European Union to random walkers on the streets of Ljubljana. They also carried out a series of activities through social networks, where they informed the interested public (especially young people) about the importance of decision-making for the benefit of the future of the European Union.

The British Parliamentary Debate Conference was one of the six conferences which were part of the 'Message to Europeans 3.0' project. In addition to Ljubljana, the conferences will be hosted by the following European cities: Warsaw, Budapest, The Hague, Rome, and Brussels.

You can read more about the project here.

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