Debate Europe


Debates about Europe at the VBS-HAKIII Schoenborngasse

Where you can participate in the debate on the web

Debates about Europe at other schools in Europe  


 VBS-HAKIII Schoenborngasse
Youth Parliament Josefstadt 2013
EU Touring Exhibition and Debate 2012
Youth Parliament Josefstadt 2011
EU Touring Exhibition and Panel Discussion 2010
EU Touring Exhibition and Panel Discussion 2009
Youth Parliament Josefstadt (2008)
Global Education Weeks und Global Entrepreneurship Week (2008)
EuropeWeek (2008)
Europe Day 2008 in Austria
Celebrate Europe - 50th Anniversary of the EU (2007)
Where is Europe? (2006)
Europe Day 2005 in Austria
Intercultural Management (2005)
European Spring Day in Austria (since 2003)

Questions about France (2003)

Lecture of Dr. Hinteregger (2003)
For me Europe is ... (2003)
Within Europe our students have already travelled to ... (2003)

Students' reports (SD 2003)

Caroline and Marlene were our Spring Day reporters in the school year 2003/04.  They interviewed our principal and wrote an article about Europe-related activities at our school. On March 20/21 2003, Marlene could travel to Brussels and visit the EU-Parliament. She later wrote a report on this excursion, incl. the Meeting of the EU-Council.

Economic and Financial Policies in Austria and Europe 2002
European Youth Parliament (2000/2005)

 Various Austrian schools and schools from other European countries

Spring Day celebrations in Austria

Homepage Europa

Spring Day celebrations in Latvia



 Debates on the Web

Plan D: Democracy - Dialogue - Debate: The Future of Europe (since 2005)

Here all citizens are invited to discuss their ideas, hopes and worries for Europe's future with the EU authorities. They want to intensify contact with the citzens and listen to what they think and propose. Go to the website, which is available in 22 languages, get to know the various possibilities for discussion and make your voice heard!

Decide for Europe: in this European role play students can simulate the decisions of the EU Commission, the EU Council and the EU Parliament. The website offers numerous very good resources.
Europe listens to you
Herr you can easily say what your hopes and fears for the future of Europe are!
Can you hear me, Europe? is a website, which informs especially young people comprehensively about the EU Elections in June 2009 and offers them the possibilty, to join online debates about the elections.
Österreich pro EU informs about the tasks of the EU, as well as about events, and also invites visitors to make their voices heard.
Europabüro des Stadtschulrats für Wien
The Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs has launched the non-party Internet platform Europafreunde, which functions as a meeting place and forum for exchange of ideas about Europe.
Pro Europa is also not only website where people can express their opinion. You can also upload a picture which can then be used as an e-card.
 What has Europe ever done for us? is a campaign which was started by Speak Up Europe! Here you can make your voice heard to a wide number of topics.

The Centre for European Reform is a think-tank devoted to reforming the European Union. It is a forum for people with ideas to discuss the many social, political and economic challenges facing Europe. It seeks to work with similar bodies in other European countries, in North America and elsewhere in the world.

The Centre for European Reform is pro-European but not uncritical. It regards European integration as largely beneficial but recognises that in many respects the Union does not work well. The CER therefore aims to promote new ideas and policies for reforming the European Union.

Zentrum polis - Politk lernen in der Schule publishes a Newsletter regularly and offers a number of good suggestions how to raise young people's awareness of politics.
The European Youth Media Days offer the chance to young reporters to visit the EU Parliament and the EU Commission in Brussels and in a live blog gives young people  the chance to be always well informed on what happens in the EU.

Friends of Europe (FoE) is a prominent Brussels-based think-tank for EU policy analysis and debate that is independent of the EU institutions and without national or political bias. Friends of Europe’s goal since 1999 has been to stimulate new thinking on the future of Europe and widen the EU debate by making it more controversial and lively, by covering a large spectrum of issues, by promoting the use of media technologies and by encouraging media involvement.

How the EU works (2007)

Activities for the 50th anniversary of the EU can also be found on the website of a European Team of Teachers, who drafted these ideas within the framework of iEARN. All activities are open for students aged 5 to 21.

Your Voice in Europe is the European Commission's 'single access point' to a wide variety of consultations, discussions and other tools which enable you to play an active role in the European policy-making process. Go to the website and make your voice heard! 

Questionnaire for (young) EU-Citizens

Please fill in this questionnaire, which will be available until the end of May. This is a wonderful opportunity for young EU-citizens and those who stayed young in their hearts to make their voice heard. Afterwards, we also hope, that the EU will listen to what young people have to say.

The European Youth Portal is available in all EU languages. If you think of going to another European country to study or work, or on holiday..., if you are looking for activities or opportunities in Europe..., if you have something to say, or ask, about European issues, this portal could be a good place to start! It offers you information, news and discussions - all about Europe and relevant to young people.

On May 31, 2005 students from the AIVb and AULIIb of the VBS-HAKIII Schoenborngasse could participate in the first video conference organized by the European Youth Portal. This was a very interesting experience!

10 Questions to Europe is an activity in which students can first interview members of European Institutions about the future of Europe, and can then upload their texts to a website organized by the Polish Spring Day 2006 team. Finally, all contributors will be able to read the interviews and thus find out, how representatives of the EU in various countries see the future of Europe.
The Future of Europe - Our opinion Counts is a transnational project that will contribute to the European dimension of the public debate on the future of Europe. It has been developed together with partners in three different EU member states and seven partners from the applicant countries.

The People of Europe is another activity celebrating the 50th anniversary of the European Union. Students are invited to collect photos of well known European personalities, e.g. working

for the growth of the EU, the European values, as well as important events on European level. This activity will create a unique overview of 50 years of the European Union.

Participants are asked to send original photos taken by themselves or members of their families together with the name of the person in the photo/the event where the photo was taken, and the date. It is also possible to present a photo of e.g. a statue of a person in your town, city or village (also from outside Europe) who was of some importance for Europe. Please register for this activitiy and then you will get access to the website where you can upload your photos from February 10 to May 31, 2007. See some of the photos here!

Austrian EU Presidency (January - June 2006)

Dialog 09

is a democracy-initiative, which invites young Europe experts across all political borders, to discuss the future of Europe with the citizens. Dialog 09 has a closer look at the influence of European politics on the lives of the citizens, discusses suggestions for new laws of the EU Commission and submits alternative suggestions. This creative and critical dialogue aims at increasing people's interest in the future of Europe.

Europe for a Change (2005/06)

PEACE vermutet - Europa in 50 Jahren (2006) 25 topics - 25 theories - 25 weeks

The project "Europe in 50 years" published one new theory concerning an important European topic every week from January to June 2006.
Important people representing science, culture, politics and economy were asked to express their view of the future of Europe in the 21st century.

Finnish EU Presidency (July - December 2006)
The Committee of the Regions is very active in the Debate on Europe in the course of Plan D. Collect some more information!

The celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome to focus on youth

In October 2006, the European Institutions gave their green light to several projects and events to be carried out through the European Union in 2007, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signature of the Rome Treaties. The purpose is twofold: celebrating the freedom, peace and prosperity that the European Union has accomplished so far, and looking at the future and at what kind of Europe the citizens, and in particular the young, wish for the future. The Youth Package which includes “United Schools of Europe”, “Spring Day in Europe” and a Youth Summit in Rome, was given the highest priority.

German EU Presidency (January - June 2007)


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