European Youth
Debating Competition

“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.
All over Europe, young leaders will debate in nine European countries about how they imagine their future. The three best speakers from each participating country will qualify for the European Final in Budapest, Hungary, on 1st – 4th October 2016.

What is your view?

Decide – and take part in the
European Youth Debating Competition.


Six Fixed Speakers each represent the Pro- and the Con-Faction.
The Free Speakers represent the public.

After two opening statements presented by experts (one pro and one con), five Fixed Speakers from each faction will alternately address the public. The Free Speakers evaluate the arguments and pose questions.

The 6th Fixed Speaker of each faction summarizes the arguments.
A jury determines three winners and three runners-up from the Fixed Speakers and the Free Speakers. The criteria are knowledge, ability of expression and persuasiveness.

The winners are invited to the European Final which will take place in Budapest, Hungary on 1st – 4th October 2016.

The final debate will be held in English.



is the European Petrochemical Association, the quality network in Europe for the global chemical business community. It provides a platform to meet, exchange ideas, transfer knowledge and support learning, and serves as a think tank for its members and stakeholders. EPCA operates for more than 700 member companies from 53 different countries.
EPCA – The European Petrochemical Association A.I.S.B.L./I.V.Z.W.

Avenue de Tervueren 270 Tervurenlaan 1150 Brussels

T +32 2 741 86 60
F +32 2 741 86 80


is one of the leading European trade associations with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. PlasticsEurope is networking with European and national plastics associations and has more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU28 member states plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.
PlasticsEurope AISBL

Avenue E. van Nieuwenhuyse 4
Box 3
1160 Brussels

T +32 2 675 32 97

young leaders

young leaders GmbH is a Germany based, internationally operating agency which develops and organizes conference formats for secondary school pupils and first year university students who have demonstrated leadership skills in different fields.
young leaders GmbH

P.O. Box 08 03 54
10003 Berlin

Mohrenstrasse 33
10117 Berlin

T +49 30 200 59 79 0
F +49 30 200 59 79 29


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