The Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg is organising a Citizens' Dialogue on the subject of Europe's youth on Tuesday 4 October 2022 on the Limpertsberg campus of the University of Luxembourg, from 16:30 to 17:45.

Luxembourg's Minister of Finance and former Head of the Representation, Yuriko Backes, and the European Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, will address the subject: "What next for Europe's youth? Current challenges and future prospects under debate".

With the aim of shaping a stronger Europe in an increasingly globalised world, the European Commission has been working towards building an "economy at the service of people" that is more ambitious in terms of prosperity, justice and equity. These premises have a particular resonance owing to current unprecedented societal and transnational challenges, characterised both by economic recovery efforts in the European Union (EU) before and after the COVID-19 pandemic and upheavals in international relations brought about by Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

To deal with these multiple issues, the EU is trying to encourage the participation and commitment of citizens, especially younger generations, to be part of the solution.

As part of their mission to share values and knowledge and encourage openness to new horizons, the University of Luxembourg, Europe Direct at the University of Luxembourg and the Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg, are inviting the public to debate with Finance Minister Yuriko Backes and Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni.


16:30  Opening remarks by Prof Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg, and Anne Calteux, Head of Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg

16:40  First session: "'Living in the global polycrisis': what are the current economic challenges and the EU's policy response?" with
a Q&A with Yuriko Backes, Luxembourg's Minister of Finance, and Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for Economy

Moderated by Dr Elena Danescu, University of Luxembourg

17:10  Second session: "What is the EU's role in addressing long-term investment priorities?" with a Q&A with Yuriko Backes and Paolo Gentiloni

Moderated by Anne Calteux

17:40  Closing remarks

17:45  End of the event and free time to talk with the European Commission's InvestEU team.

The event will be conducted in French and in English. It will also be livestreamed on the YouTube channel of the University of Luxembourg.

Further information is available on the website of the University of Luxembourg. To register:

Venue: University of Luxembourg (Amphithéâtre Tavenas, 102 Avenue Pasteur, L-2310)

Organiser: Representation of the European Commission in Luxembourg

Price: Free

Reservations: See above

URL: For details, see