The YouthProAktiv International ProAktivity Summit 2015 was held on the 15-17 July in Brussels, bringing together young students, entrepreneurs, professionals from various fields and key-decision-makers. By fostering the discussion of innovative ideas, sectors and trends, we sought to promote, with the active contribution of our participants, a new approach on proactivity whose core resides on youth initiative, innovation and social inclusion.
YouthProAktiv sees both this discussion and these values not only as essential in a modern democratic society, but also as realistic and indispensable steps towards economic and social recovery. We believe that a new entrepreneurial culture, centred on people, is a vital asset for a crisis-afflicted Europe that can help its young people become not just job-seekers, but job-creators. From our perspective, the European youth holds in its hands the keys to implement it through proactiveness, education, hard work and the audacity to create something for themselves and for others.
A total of four enhanced discussions were held during the summit, gathering a number of top experts from various fields and organisations, that allowed for active debates on “Mentality change and Educational Reform”, “Opportunities and Difficulties for Business in Europe”, “How to create a good product for the market?”, and “Where to Look for Business Opportunities? New Branches of Economy”. The main conclusions and recommendations included:
Furthermore, participants were invited to work on a draft “Declaration of Young Europeans on Youth Unemployment”, which will be presented both to the European Commission and to the European Parliament to the CULT, ITRE and EMPL Committees.
Finally, as the culmination of a fruitful summit, a group of young successful entrepreneurs gave their valuable testimony and shared with the audience the role of proactivity, entrepreneurship and persistence in their personal professional experiences and success.
It is our expectation and hope that the 2015 International ProAktivity Summit has strengthened the voice of young European citizens, whose proactivity and entrepreneurship are and will remain the most important driving force towards social improvement, economic development and technological progress.