European Youth
Debating Competition

“Living, learning, working and moving in Smart Cities of the future: with or without plastics and petrochemicals?”

Lifestyle, education, the economy and transportation – how will we live tomorrow in the cities of the future?
Will mobility in Smart Cities of the future be completely interconnected? Will drones be delivering our goods? Will current workplaces and educational environments still exist? How can we manage our finite resources, protect our privacy and improve our quality of life at the same time?
Petrochemistry and plastics: are they part of the problem or key to overcoming these 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 Finals in Vienna, Austria, on 07th – 10th October 2018.

How do you imagine your future?

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


Five 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.
A jury determines three winners and three runners-up from the Fixed Speakers and the Free Speakers. The criteria are contents, use of language, persuasiveness and the ability to interact with others. The winners are invited to the European Finals which will take place in Vienna, Austria on 07th – 10th October 2018. The final debate will be held in English.


The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA)

Based in Brussels, EPCA is the primary European Business Network for the global petrochemical business community consisting of chemical producers, their suppliers, customers and service providers. It operates for and through more than 700-member companies from 54 different countries that represent an aggregate turnover of over €4.7 trillion and employing over 6.2 million people. EPCA organises conferences and events in Europe offering members all over the world the opportunity to meet industry leaders and selected external stakeholders and stay abreast of international market developments as well as technological and societal trends. EPCA also supports members on specific topics that underpin the sustainable development of the global petrochemical industry by developing knowledge via research projects with external partners (e.g. academic institutions and consultancies).

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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