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.



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

Mr Rajendra Kumar MISRA, India, Founder and President of the Nav Bharat Democratic Party

RK Misra, founder and president of the Nav Bharat Democratic Party, INDIA, is a leader recognized as a ‘doer’ with an agenda to improve governance through a transformational change in the political system. A graduate in IT and with a masters from Tokyo University, he is a Fellow of Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is also a Global Leadership Fellow of Aspen Institute, USA. RK spent early years of his professional career in Tokyo. He founded telecom & software businesses spanning US, Europe & Japan. In 2005, on turning 40, he left the corporate world to engage with public policy & governance through politics.

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 Rolf WENZEL, Germany, Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank

Mr. Wenzel was the Head of the Financial Market Policy Department of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance. In that capacity, he directed inter alia the establishment of Germany’s Financial Market Stabilisation Agency and participated actively in some major bank restructurings. He served as Germany’s Alternate Governor in several regional multilateral development banks and represented Germany in international fora such as G7/G8, G20 and OECD. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director General for international financial and monetary policy. Rolf Wenzel received a Doctorate in Economics and Econometrics from Ruhr University in Bochum after studying at the University of Hamburg and the London School of Economics.


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.