Luxembourg's Lycée technique de Bonnevoie is one of 33 schools across Europe whose students will travel to Brussels next March to explain to the European institutions the role that culture will have to play in Europe's future.
The students will reflect on proposals they will debate before voting for three of them, which will feed into the policy-making process of the European institutions.
The school chosen to participate in this initiative was selected by means of an electronic draw in Brussels on 6 December.
One school has been designated in this way for each of the 28 EU Member States and the 5 candidate countries (Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey).
Called "Your Europe, Your Opinion!" and organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the voice of civil society across the EU, this event is the Committee's flagship event for young people.
On 15 and 16 March, secondary school students will leave the familiar classroom environment to travel to Brussels, where they will exchange views and ideas, and reflect together on the theme "United in Diversity: rejuvenate the future of European culture". In particular, they will answer the following questions:
• What is European culture: is it simply the sum of national traditions or are there common values that make us all Europeans?
• What role do culture and cultural exchange play in students' lives?
• What can the European Union do to promote culture (cinema, music, dance, literature, theatre, etc.) and to protect cultural heritage sites?
• What role could culture play in the economic regeneration of Europe's regions and cities?
• How can this regeneration provide young people with new opportunities for new jobs?
• What can the EU and its Member States do to promote this?
Through this initiative, the objective pursued by the EESC is to take into account the views, experiences and ideas of the younger generations in the development of European policies.
More information about the 2018 edition of "Your Europe, Your Opinion!" is available on the official event page, www.eesc.europa.eu/fr/agenda/our-events/events/votre-europe-votre-avis-2018/ecoles-selectionnees