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The future of Europe in Thessaloniki

The future of Europe in Thessaloniki

“Citizens are discussing: Challenges, needs and initiatives regarding the environment and the future of work in Europe”


March 20th 2022 at Ypsilon, Thessaloniki, Greece

Since the beginning of the third decade of the 21st century, our lives have changed radically.

Crucial factors such as our health and financial stability were called into question, combined with climate change, which was and still is spreading rapidly.

The European Union tried from the outset to respond promptly and effectively to all changes. It has launched the Next Generation E.U. A recovery plan designed to enable the generation that will shape the future of Europe, to create the society it desires, on a solid foundation of five key pillars. A society that is fair, strong, healthy, digitally viable and greener.

In the challenges that Europe faces, we choose to actively participate. Therefore, we approach the current conditions as an opportunity to communicate, to discuss, to reflect but also to find solutions. One such solution is the Conference on the Future of Europe , an unprecedented process of direct and uninhibited citizen participation, during which citizens discuss and propose concrete answers to the questions that will guide our future. Prompted by the Conference, on March 20 at Ypsilon in Thessaloniki, we will discuss everything that is shaping the future of Europe. Two debates and a workshop will take place.

By selecting two important topics, climate change and the future of work in Europe, two corresponding discussions will be conducted about these matters, during which the guests will be directly involved. Moreover, citizens will start the dialogue around sustainability and the realistic depiction of everything that has been set as goals.

The events will start with a workshop for young journalists and will end with a lineup of Greek artists and Djs.



Media – Social Media Workshop for young journalists
13:30 – 14:45

Everything is Europe: How (and why) should you cover the European Parliament?

Why should a young journalist report on the European Parliament? What do they need to know in order to decode and accurately present what is happening in Europe? What are the challenges they must face and which are the tools at their disposal? How will they create attractive social media content?

In this workshop, Giannis Pantazopoulos and Timos Kouremenos professional journalists and social media experts share their secrets, experiences and techniques for properly reporting everything that happens in Europe and (should) be known, covering the most democratic institution of the European Union: the European Parliament. Topics, priorities, challenges, multimedia tools, as well as responsible and accurate coverage on issues that directly affect all European citizens.

Giannis Pantazopoulos – Journalist
Timos Kouremenos – Journalist

To attend the workshop you need to pre-register due to the limited number of seats. Book your seat here-


Discussion Panel 1
15:00 – 16:15

Climate change and Europe in 2030: Is there enough time to change the course?

In 2050, Europe aims to be a climate-neutral continent, giving prominence to the benefits of adopting green policies. However, small and steady steps are required to achieve this. The first goal, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 55%, is already set for 2030. Moreover, we should all be encouraged to change our habits, so that the temperature of our planet does not rise above 1.5 degrees Celsius. Is there enough time ahead of us or should decisions be even more radical and immediate?

Participating in the discussion are the Member of the European Parliament Maria Spyraki,  representative of the organization Enaleia Nikos Therapos and the founder of ALittle Shelter Katrina Tsantali.

The discussion is moderated by journalist Dora Anagnostopoulou.

Moredation: Dora Anagnostopoulou– Journalist

Maria Spyraki – MEP
Nikos Therapos – Enaleia
Katrina Tsantali – A little shelter


Discussion panel 2

Next Generation EU: The challenges, changes and opportunities for the next generation

In a rapidly growing work reality, the need for even more skilled staff is paramount. Beyond specialization in a specific sector, the ability to be flexible between multi-factor working environments is becoming increasingly necessary. This new era, along with the challenges it poses, brings new opportunities to the fore, generates new ideas and proves that nothing is impossible.

Participants: Member of the European Parliament Konstantinos Arvanitis, UNESCO chair on Futures Research Epaminondas Christofilopoulos as well as one of the creators of Hackney Clothing and youtuber Stefanos Letsic Softsis.

The discussion is moderated by the journalist Alexandra Gouta.

Moderation: Alexandra Gouta – Journalist

Kostas Arvanitis – MEP

Stefanos Letsic Softsis – Hackney Clothing

Epaminondas Christofilopoulos – UNESCO chair on Futures Research at ITE




An exceptional line up of Greek artists and DJs  will take over with a live music party which will last till late.


Starting at 13.30

Free Entrance

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