The First European Presidential Debate will take place on Monday 28th April in Maastricht. The debate, hosted by the City of Maastricht, Maastricht University, Connect Limburg and the European Youth Forum, will see the candidates for the presidency of the European Commission battle out key issues on the future of Europe. The debate will be held in front of an audience of 700 young people and broadcast live worldwide in 13 languages on Euronews.
The candidates, Jean-Claude Juncker (European People’s Party), Martin Schulz (Party of European Socialists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party) and Ska Keller (European Green Party) will answer questions from thousands of young people all over Europe. The candidates will then debate key issues such as unemployment, education and young people’s engagement in politics.
The debate, officially known as “The First European Presidential Debate”, is being organised by Maastricht University, the City of Maastricht, Connect Limburg, the European Youth Forum, and with Euronews as the main media partner. Given the European nature of both the city and the university, Maastricht is the logical place to hold this very first EU Presidential debate. The theatre audience will be made up of international students, youth civil society, and young people from across Europe. The debate will focus on the issues that matter most to young Europeans; the questions will be gathered using a unique participatory process through collaboration between the University of Maastricht and the European Youth Forum/League of Young Voters.
Moderated by Euronews lead presenter Isabelle Kumar, the debate will be available live through Euronews’ worldwide TV network (covering 415 million homes in 156 countries), simultaneously in 13 languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. The debate will also be streamed live on this website, as well as on euronews.com and on Euronews’ mobile apps.