What’s the Jacques Delors Agora?

The Jacques Delors Agora is a four-day event co-organised by three partners engaged in the promotion of European citizenship and values: The Académie Notre Europe (Paris), The Scuola di Politiche (Rome) and The Academia Europea Leadership (Barcelona).

It will bring together around 130 young minds from all over Europe to discuss with European decision-makers and experts about the main challenges facing the EU and the priorities for the upcoming five years. The Agora will empower young Europeans through debates and workshops and will take place in Lisbon from July 1st to 4th 2024.

The programme will soon be revealed.

Who are the Jacques Delors Agora participants ?

For the Agora, applications were open between March and April of 2024, and we invited anyone aged between 18 and 35 who was willing to contribute to the discussions on the future of Europe.

It is an event for all citizens, regardless of their backgrounds, giving a unique forum for young people to gather, exchange ideas and determine Europe’s Future. As the event is conducted entirely in English, a B2 level (CEFR) in English was asked to ensure a smooth running of the event. The geographical diversity of the participants was one of the selection criteria, to ensure that as many nationalities as possible are represented.

In the end, 130 profiles from all over the world were selected. We’re proud to have 32 nationalities represented, and to uphold gender equality with 49% female participants, 50% male and 1% non-binary. The youth cohort we’ve selected is anything but homogenous : we have students, government staff, workers and unemployed people. Some have studied European politics, others have not. The Agora aims to be a place for diverse and enriched debates.

Where does the Agora take place?

The Agora will take place in different unique places in Lisbon!

  • The first day will take place at the Portuguese Parliament
  • The second day will take place at the Capitolio
  • The third day will take place at European Maritime Safety Agency
  • The fourth day will take place at the Gulbenkian Foundation, with a closing ceremony at the National Palace of Belém

Who will be the speakers?

This first edition of the Jacques Delors Agora will welcome several decision makers, including members of the European Commission, representatives of the European Parliament and representatives of National Governments and International Organisations. Here is a gallery of the confirmed speakers.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

President of the Portuguese Republic

    António Vitorino

    Former Director-General of the International Organization for Migration

      Maroš Šefčovič

      Executive Vice-President of the European Commission

        Maja Markovčić Kostelac

        Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency

          Sylvie Matelly

          Director of the Jacques Delors Institute

            Inês Domingos

            Member of the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic for the Viseu District

              Costanza Hermanin

              Research fellow at the European University Institute

                Isabell Hoffmann

                Senior Expert on European Integration
                at Bertelsmann Stiftung

                  José Pedro Aguiar-Branco

                  President of the Portugeuse Assembly of the Republic

                    António M. Feijó

                    President of the Board of Trustees of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

                      Enrico Letta

                      President of the Jacques Delors Institute
                      Author : Much more than a market report

                        Christine Verger

                        Vice-president of the Jacques Delors Institute

                          Nicole Gnesotto

                          Vice-president of the Jacques Delors Institute

                            Sofia Moreira de Sousa

                            Head of European Commission Representation to Portugal

                              Pierpaolo Settembri

                              Head of Unit at the European Commission (Mobility and Transport)

                                Daniela Schmidt

                                Project Manager at
                                Bertelsmann Stiftung

                                  Elisa Ferreira

                                  European Commissioner for cohesion and reforms

                                    António Costa

                                    Former Prime Minister of Portugal

                                      Arancha González

                                      Former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation

                                        Geneviève Pons

                                        Director of Europe Jacques Delors

                                          Colin Scicluna

                                          Head of Cabinet, Vice-president for democracy & demography

                                            Teresa Ribera

                                            Spanish Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge

                                              Paulo Rangel

                                              Portuguese Minister of State and of Foreign Affairs

                                                Federica Mogherini

                                                Former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

                                                  Pascal Lamy

                                                  Former Prime Minister of Portugal

                                                    Carlos Moedas

                                                    Mayor of Lisbon

                                                      Laurence Boone

                                                      Former French Secretary of State for European Affairs

                                                        Gaëtane Ricard-Nihoul

                                                        Social Media Expert

                                                          Lukáš Macek


                                                          Head of the Centre Grande Europe

                                                            Anna Lührmann

                                                            German Minister of State for Europe

                                                              Who are the partners of the event ?

                                                              This event is organised under the high patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

                                                              The Jacques Delors Agora is organised in partnership with :

                                                              • The Assembly of the Portuguese Republic
                                                              • The Representation of the European Commission in Portugal
                                                              • The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
                                                              • The Lisbon City Council
                                                              • The European Maritime Safety Agency
                                                              • The Bertelsmann Stiftung
                                                              • The Jacques Delors European Information Center
                                                              • The Directorate-General for Economic Activities (DGAE)

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