24 September 2008 - Youth Parliament’s Final in the European Parliament

100 pupils from 10 European cities to debate on energy and plastics

The best young European speakers have been invited to participate in the Brussels-based Youth Parliament’s final. In a bold move for an industry organisation, PlasticsEurope – the European Association of Plastics Manufacturers – will host this debate on energy, climate protection and the contribution of plastics to those topics. The debate will take place at the European Parliament on the 10th of October under the patronage of the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering.

This event is the final of a series of 10 Youth Parliament Debates organised throughout Europe in the course of 2007/2008. 1,000 young people passionately argued their points of view with the goal of reaching this last stage, but only 100 got through, representing eight European countries: Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK.

Jacques van Rijckevorsel, President of PlasticsEurope said in a recent address in the European Commission premises: “We fundamentally believe that to be successful we need to raise the awareness of the next generation about the changing world in which we are all living, and challenge them to think about how they can make a difference to it”.

The debate at the European Parliament will be opened by two experienced experts who will set the tone for the panels. Four students will present the initial pro arguments of the role of plastics and another four will stand up for the con side. At the end of the session, the top ten debaters will be elected by an international jury and from that group the one European winner will be chosen.

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Editors' note:

PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centers in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. We are networking with European and national plastics associations and have more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU27 member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Croatia and Turkey.

The European plastics industry makes a significant contribution to the welfare in Europe by enabling innovation, creating quality of life to citizens and facilitating resource efficiency and climate protection. More than 1.6 million people are working in about 50.000 companies (mainly small and medium sized companies in the converting sector) to create a turnover in excess of 280 billion € per year.

The plastics industry includes polymer producers - represented by PlasticsEurope, converters - represented by EuPC and machine manufacturers - represented by EUROMAP. For further info see the web links: www.plasticseurope.org, www.plasticsconverters.eu, www.euromap.org