4 November 2014 (10.30-12.30) - Room 9 – Palais de l’Europe, Interpretation: FR/EN/RU


How useful participatory budgeting is for fostering dialogue and trust between youth and the authorities? Are young people ready to make decisions on their own or do they lack political experience? Are politicians willing to share their agenda setting power?

Learning to Count (Youth Participatory Budgeting), In Loco, France, UK, Portugal

Learning to count is a participatory documentary project focused on youth participatory budgeting. We are following 3 cases in Europe where young people could decide on how public money is being spent in their school or in their city. In Lille (France), pupils could decide which projects are prioritory in order to get funded up to 100 000 euros for each highschool. In Brighton (UK), youth organizations could decide for 25 000 euros. In Trofa (Portugal), young people have a say for the school budget but also for the city. Teenagers from each country met in July and agreed on 10 best practices.


Ms Mathilde PERRIN, France, Participatory Budgeting Participant

Mathilde Perrin is 18 years old. She was involved in the participatory budgeting process in Oignies where she presented a project improving some classrooms in the highschool. With 20 other teenagers, she is one of the teenagers followed within the documentary project “Learning to count”. She got her Baccalauréat in Business from the Lycée Professionnel de Oignies and now starts a BA in English studies.

Mr Gilles PRADEAU, France, Filmmaker and Consultant

Gilles Pradeau explores participatory documentary focusing on democratic innovations and public spendings in Europe. The first chapter of “Learning to count” uses a 360º camera to record teenagers negociating the budget for their highschool. Before making his own films, Gilles provided consultancy and workshops for public engagement, participatory budgeting and worked in Paris for a mobile film festival. He is now promoting webnative documentaries with Popathon, an initiative supported by Mozilla Foundation.


Generation Democracy, European Union, Council of Europe, in partnership with the Turkish Ministry of National Education and the Board of Education

Generation Democracy aims to foster education for democratic citizenship and human rights education (EDC/HRE) throughout the education system in Turkey. The democratic school culture framework asks the question “What makes a school culture more democratic?” Through experimentation in 22 pilots schools in 10 provinces of Turkey, participants in the project have developed a framework to answer that question. There are three themes: rights, responsibilities and freedoms; active participation; and respect for diversity that intersect six dimensions identified through the piloting: decision making, communication, teaching and learning environment, behaviour management, identity and belonging and value-based education.


Ms Seda ARICAN MASLEN, Turkey, Senior Project Officer, Council of Europe Ankara Programme Office

Ms Seda Arıcan Maslen is a Senior Project Officer, working at the Council of Europe Ankara Programme Office since 2011 and currently responsible for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education Project in Turkey. She received her B.A in Political Science and Public Administration from Bilkent University, Ankara. She holds two M.A degrees in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University (class of 2003,cumlaude) and in European Policies and Politics from Catholic University of Leuven (class 2005, cumlaude). She previously worked in Brussels as a Junior Consultant in a private consultancy dealing with lobbying activities for different business sectors between 2004- 2007.  She is currently a PhD candidate in the United Nations University, Maastricht Graduate School of Governance with a focus in Education and inclusion of immigrants in Information and Communication Technologies.


Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Ms Laurence MONNOYER-SMITH, France, Vice-president of the National Public Debate Commission

Laurence Monnoyer-Smith is Vice-president of the National Public Debate Commission since April 2013 and full professor in media studies and political communication. She led the research laboratory in Humanities and Social Sciences COSTECH, at the University of Technology of Compiègne (France), whose work focuses on the relationship between science, technology and society. Her research work focuses on e-democracy, online participatory arrangements (participatory forums, online deliberative platforms), big data and participation, citizenship models in digital culture. Her theoretical work focuses on the use of information technology in the decision-making process and citizens’ inclusion within participatory arrangements.

Ms Priya SITAL, Suriname, Chairperson of the Youth Parliament Suriname

Priya’s active participation and interaction with the youth gave her a push to participate in the elections of the National Youth Parliament. After having been elected successfully, she has been chosen in March 2014 by the members as the first female Chairperson of the National Youth Parliament of Suriname. Priya studied Mineral Resources on the University of Suriname and holds the title Bachelor of Science in Mineral Resources Management. At the moment she is doing a Master of Science in Mineral Geosciences. She has also worked as a student-assistant at the University of Suriname.


Mr Julius Georg LUY, Germany, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Council of Europe

Ambassador Julius Georg Luy joined the German Foreign Office in 1981. In 1983, he was employed in the Department of Disarmament and Arms Control of the Foreign Office, before he became consul and political officer at the German embassy in Thailand from 1984 to 1987. After having worked in Beirut and Stasbourg, he returned to the Foreign Office in 1989 and took part in the Two-plus-Four negotiations. Subsequently, he was made head of the economic department at the Embassy in Russia and then from 1994 to 1998 head of the task force "future prospects of the Foreign Service" in the Foreign Office. In 1998, he became the German ambassador in Haiti. From 2001 to 2004, he was Ambassador for Environmental and Biopolitical Issues in the Foreign Office and subsequently Ambassador in Myanmar. Since September 2011 Julius Georg Luy is German Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Permanent Representative of Germany to the Council of Europe.