• School of Democracy, 19 to 22 April 2017 - Our 3rd edition!

    Share your opinions with other young people on issues such as the role of Europe in the world, development, migration, fair trade, democratic challenges and experiences and the rise of illiberal democracy.

    The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are deeply committed to the promotion of equal opportunities, diversity and multiculturalism. Therefore, feel free to tell us more about your economic, social and cultural background when applying for the School of Democracy.

    Submit your application now!


The Group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament will organise its third School of Democracy, from 19 to 22 April 2017, in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Share your opinions with other young people on issues such as the role of Europe in the world, development, migration, fair trade, democratic challenges and experiences and the rise of illiberal democracy.

Submit your application now!

Over the course of three days, 100 young people from both inside and outside the EU will discuss the major issues facing Europe and the world. From development policies to migration, from fair trade to the challenges of globalisation, from the struggle for democracy in Africa to the rise of illiberal democracies in Europe and the US, participants will have the chance to debate with experts from the political, economic and academic worlds.

For more information, please contact: s-d.democracy-school@europarl.europa.eu

Are you eligible?

The next edition of School of Democracy will take place from 19 to 22 April 2017. As we want to be as inclusive as possible, travel and accommodation will be paid by the S&D Group.

To be eligible to apply you have to be between 18-25 and passionate about progressive politics. Committed to diversity and European inclusion, we also ensure there is a gender-geographic balance so that everyone in Europe is represented.

The application for the 2017 edition of School of Democracy is now open. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as places are limited!

Participants from other editions of School of Democracy will not be considered.

There will be interpretation in the main languages of the EU, but a good knowledge of English would be an advantage.

Practical information

Interested? You are advised to apply as soon as possible, as for practical reasons we can only take into consideration the first 1000 applications.

The top 100 of these will be selected for the school and will be contacted by late January 2017 at the latest. 

A detailed programme will be published shortly.

The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament are deeply committed to the promotion of equal opportunities, diversity and multiculturalism. Therefore feel free to tell us more about your economic, social and cultural background when applying for the School of Democracy.

School of Democracy: when young people build the European project

When only 28% of young people participated in the last European elections, it is evident that Europe needs to inspire and reconnect with the generation that is its future and its present: young Europeans. School of Democracy is an initiative by the S&D Group that aims at bridging this gap and involving young Europeans in a discussion of what the EU is, and how they can meaningfully contribute to the democratic process.

Over three days in Italy packed with activities, workshops and debates with MEPs, academics, policy-makers and renowned journalists we invite YOU to tell us what your vision is for Europe and help us draft new solutions! In the latest editions of School of Democracy, European youths debated about democracy, rule of law, circular economy, combatting populism and drafted a declaration for a more progressive and sustainable Europe which was adopted by our group.

We call on Europeans aged between 18-25 who have not given up on our future and want to reform Europe to apply for the next edition of School of Democracy. Tell us what YOUR vision for Europe is and join us in Reggio-Emilia next spring, 19 to 22 April 2017.

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