This conference will be celebrated in Athens, 2-4 March 2017. The scientific programme of the conference consists of invited keynote lectures, invited and submitted symposia, individual papers, poster sessions, and interactive events aiming to bring together researchers with stakeholders, e.g., policy makers, youth organizations, and young people. A major challenge for the EU is currently “bridging the gap” between young Europeans and EU Institutions, by improving dialogue in order to enhance young people’s voice in EU Institutions and their active engagement in EU issues. CATCH-EyoU is a research and innovation action funded by the European Commission under the H2020 Programme, SC6, topic Young 5-2014, Grant Agreement nr 649538. Through the joint contribution of different disciplines (e.g., psychology, education, political science, sociology, media and communications) the first open conference of CATCH-EyoU aims both to present the first findings of the project as well as to attract other contributions addressing the multifaceted factors that influence the different forms of youth active engagement in European politics at various governance levels, thus offering policy makers, professionals and young people in various organisations new instruments and “conceptual lenses” to better understand the factors that decide whether, how and by whom EU can be brought closer to its citizens.
Young People as Active EU Citizens? Challenges and Visions on a Renewed Project for Europe