European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC)

EYDC 2017

Based on the successful experience of the 2016 European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC,, where over 500 students (16 -19 years old) participated across Europe, EYDC is back for 2017.

The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope are once again organizing a series of debating competitions for youngsters in Europe. They will take place between April and October 2017. Seven countries will be hosting the National Finals: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the UK. Some 50 students between 16 and 19 years old will participate in each of these events. The European Finals 2017 will take place in Berlin on Sunday 1st of October 2017, during the 51st EPCA Annual Meeting.  

Once again the debating competition is a multifaceted activity to engage young people with the key issues facing modern society. This year’s debate touches upon the topic: "People, Planet, Profit in the Digital Age: With or without petrochemistry and plastics?” To win, students will need to display public speaking skills with well-informed, logical and persuasive arguments.

EYDC 2016

On a pan-European basis, PlasticsEurope 2016 launched, together with its partner EPCA, the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC).

"How would you imagine your future – with or without the petrochemical industry and plastics?”Did you know that petroleum is a big supporter of your daily lifestyle? No? Let us give you a few examples: Sneakers, smartphones and toothbrushes – all of these rely on petroleum derivatives and the chemical industry in one way or another. Science and engineering are crucial to life in the 21st century and key to solving many of the world’s major challenges. EPCA  and PlasticsEurope have initiated the European Youth Debating Competition for secondary school pupils and first year university students aged between 16 – 19 years. The aim is to promote the importance of science, technology, sustainability and diversity. 

National finals took place from April until September 2016 in nine countries: Belgium (19/09/2016), Croatia (29/04/2016), France (15/09/2016), Germany (08/05/2016), Italy (27/05/2016), the Netherlands (22/09/2016),Poland (31/05/2016), Spain (05/05/2016), the United Kingdom (05/07/2016).
The European final of the European Youth Debating Competition took place in Budapest on the 2nd of October 2016 during EPCA’s 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting.

04.10.2016 The ten winners of the Final debate of the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC) 2016 along with Herman Van Rompuy, Former President of the European Council (2009-2014), EPCA President Tom Crotty, PlasticsEurope Executive Director Karl-H Foerster, and EPCA Anuual Meeting moderator Nadine Dereza, on stage at the EYDC awards ceremony during the EPCA 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting closing lunch.

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