Save the date: Monday 28 April – First Ever European Presidential Debate, live on TV and internet

Save the date: Monday 28 April – First Ever European Presidential Debate, live o

The First European Presidential Debate takes place on Monday 28 April from 19.00 - 20.30 (CET) in Maastricht in assocation with the League of Young Voters.

The debate, hosted by the City of Maastricht, Maastricht University, Connect Limburg and the European Youth Forum, sees the candidates for the Presidency of the European Commission battle out key issues on the future of Europe.

The debate will focus on the issues that matter most to young Europeans; unemployment, education and young people’s engagement in politics.

It will be held in front of an audience of 700 young people and broadcast live worldwide in 13 languages on Euronews (on TV and internet.)

The candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker (European People’s Party), Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party), one of the two European Green Party candidates José Bové or Ska Keller, and Alexis Tsipras (Party of the European Left, tbc) will answer questions from thousands of young people all over Europe. 

The questions will be gathered using a unique participatory process through collaboration between the University of Maastricht and the European Youth Forum/League of Young Voters.

Young people can also contribute their ideas for questions via the League of Young Voters website ( or through participating universities who will be contacting their students to request that they submit questions.

Moderated by Euronews lead presenter Isabelle Kumar, the debate will be available live through Euronews’ worldwide TV network (covering 415 million homes in 156 countries), simultaneously in 13 languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. The debate will also be streamed live on and on Euronews’ mobile apps.

The debate, officially known as “The First European Presidential Debate”, is organised by Maastricht University, the City of Maastricht, Connect Limburg, the European Youth Forum, with Euronews as the main media partner. 


About the League of Young Voters in Europe


The League of Young Voters in Europe is a politically neutral initiative that aims to amplify young people's concerns and expectations in the run-up to European elections. The purpose of the LYV is to address the ever-decreasing participation of young people in European elections.

The League exists both at the European level, engaging with European political parties and campaigns in Brussels, and also nationally and locally, supported by the European Youth Forum’s network of youth organisations.

The League of Young Voters in Europe pools the skills of its three founding organisations (the European Youth ForumVoteWatch Europe, and the International Debate Education Association) and its partners that together are concerned with youth issues and political representation.


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