Popular Youth Political Academy

Youth +
Portugal, Lisbon, Hotel Eurostars das Letras
Saturday, November 16 2013 / 10:30
Sunday, November 17 2013 / 17:00

From 16 to 17 November, the CES together with the Amaro da Costa Institute (IDL) hosted Lisbon’s 'Popular Youth Political Academy'. The event was opened by Luís Gouveia Fernandes, President of the IDL; Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos, President of Lisbon’s Popular Youth Organisation; and Telmo Correia, member of the Portuguese Parliament. Among the speakers was Ingrid Habets, CES Research Officer, who presented the topic of ‘Youth Engagement in Politics’. In her presentation, several ideas on how to engage young people in politics were discussed including lowering the voting age, online voting, increased political education and mandatory voting. Other speakers at the event were Pedro Mota Soares, Portuguese Minister for Employment, Solidarity and Welfare; Manuel Forjaz, Entrepreneur and Professor at NOVA School for Business and Economics; Ricardo Costa, Director of Expresso; Nuno Crato, Portuguese Minister for Education; and Eduardo Vera-Cruz, Director of Lisbon’s Law College; Jaime Nogueira Pinto, Political Scientist; Adolfo Mesquita Nunes, Portuguese Tourism Secretary of State; Henrique Raposo, author and columnist for Expresso; and Nuno Vieira Matias, President of the Navy Academy.