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Turku hosts public debate before the European Cup
Submitted by Manos Moschopoulos on 5 May 2014
From 22 to 25 May 2014, the whole Europe is going to be out and about due to the elections to the European Parliament which will be held in all member states of the European Union. The UTU Debating Club, undertaking its responsibilities and recognizing that participation is the core of democracy, no matter where your political ideals stand, hosted a public debate on EU at the premises of the University of Turku.
The event took place on Friday, May 2nd, and its main objectives were to raise awareness of the upcoming elections and generate a fruitful discussion on hot topics concerning the European Union such as youth unemployment, future of the EU, sustainability and values. More specifically, a brief History of the European Union was presented focusing on the treaties of: Paris (1951), Rome (1957), Maastricht (1993) and Lisbon (2007) followed by a discussion on the bodies and instruments such as the European Council, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the Court of Auditors. Following the schedule, information about the upcoming elections was also provided; from administrational issues such as eligibility to vote to practical ones such as the euro-parties.
After a couple of videos about the EU, the actual debate took place with the motion being: THBT European Union has done more harm than good. Many hot topics of the European agenda were brought up including immigration, youth unemployment, integration and sustainability. The event ended with an open discussion.
The public debate was live streamed online and it was a huge success with many attendees and viewers. You can also find it, in the official YouTube channel of UTU Debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jzo_VkyoQVc
The public debate was held as part of the university's preparations to send a team to the League of Young Voters European Cup that will take place on May 9-10 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.