The EU Centre partnered Global Youth Forum International (GYCi) to hold the first European Union Youth Forum (EUYF) in Singapore. The rich educational event for pre-University students took place in Singapore on 16-20 July 2010. Over five days, some 80 student delegates attended a series of lectures, panel discussions and exchanges, with games and site visits as part of the programme. The objectives of the forum were to bring about a deeper understanding of the themes of the EU and region building, EU monetary integration and the role of the EU in the world.
The opening ceremony was graced by Ambassador Holger Standertskjöld, Head of the EU Delegation in Singapore, who delivered a keynote on “Pioneering Regional Integration- The EU as a Model” to a 120-strong audience. The plenary was followed by lectures including “The EU as a multi-dimensional actor”, “The EU as between supra-nationalism and inter-governmentalism”, the “EU’s public diplomacy”,and, “The Eurozone and Greek debt crisis: Implications for global economy”. DHL and the Singapore Compact for CSR compared “Corporate Social Responsibility in Europe and Singapore”. Delegates also made field trips to Credit Lyonnais and the Siemens City of the Future Exhibition.
The forum was an interactive event with tertiary students roped in to share on topics such as “Immigration and Integration in the EU”. A World Café taught delegates experientially about the EU’s role in ensuring security. All the knowledge garnered across the sessions was finally applied in a Model EU Council where delegates proposed, voted on and managed to pass all three proposals on the issues of immigration and the financial crisis.
EUYF culiminated in a panel discussion on “Global Powers into the Next Century” and a cultural festival with the participation of nine European embassies: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden, as well as Atout France Singapore. Delegates savoured delectable French cheeses, caramelized Belgium biscuits, Finnish liquorice and Danish chocolates while viewing traditional costumes, a splendid flamenco dance by Los Tarantos, to the strains of renowned guitarist Antonio Vargas and upbeat renditions of European music.