On Tuesday 9 October 2018, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) hosted a Citizens’ Dialogue event at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), with high-level representatives from the EU Institutions.None other than Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports, alongside Eva Maydell Member of the European Parliament (MEP) opened the Q&A session, answering questions from the audience openly and honestly. After a coffee break, the ESN members got to engage with Sixtine Bouygues, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s DG Communication, and Karl Müller, from the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU
The audience consisted of some 90 ESN members from across Europe who were in Belgium for a 4-day meeting on active citizenship. They’d been hosted by ESN Belgium and had meetings across Brussels, including a visit to the European Parliament.
The point of the event was to cover a wide range of topics such as youth information, digital participation, democracy and the overall engagement of younger generations, and was part of a Erasmus in Action project.