10 November 2009 - Youth Parliaments: Countdown for the final

Youth debate the role of plastics in sustainable development

Only three days to go: On November 13, the 2009 grand final of the PlasticsEurope Youth Parliament will be held in Rome. The winners from national debates in eight European countries will meet in the Parlamentino of Villa Borghese - a stylish setting for this event, that brings together young people to debate sustainability and the role of plastics. All of the youngsters have a fair chance to win: Last year, the winner came from Slovenia and each of the participating countries had a participant in the top ten.

The Youth Parliament initiative was introduced in 2007. This year saw debates in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and Turkey. All are done in the same style and following identical rules: The debates are always opened by two experienced experts who set the tone for the panels. After that, four students present initial pro arguments of the role of plastics and another four stand up for the con side. At the end of each parliament session, the top ten debaters are elected by a jury.

Last year’s final was held in the European Parliament in Brussels. This Rome, as the city where the treaties establishing the European Community were signed in 1957, was picked to host the grand final of this initiative from European plastics manufacturers.

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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 300 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