ECB Youth Dialogue
The ECB Youth Dialogue gives you the chance to do exactly that. We hold events throughout Europe – and also online – that put you in direct contact with ECB policymakers so you can ask any questions you have and share your views with us.
Ask Christine Lagarde at the European Youth Event, May 2020
Young Europeans asked President Lagarde their questions on the ECB’s response to the coronavirus pandemic emergency in an online youth dialogue. The event was organised together with the European Parliament as part of the European Youth Event 2020 and took place on 27 May 2020.
Participants also sent questions about their concerns for their careers, the future of Europe, digitalisation and climate change. Here are the highlights from the discussion!
President Lagarde’s thoughts…
Watch the full event
More than 5000 students, from ten different countries across the eurozone, participated in the eighth edition of the Generation €uro Students’ Award – a competition that challenges teams of students from eurozone schools to suggest solutions to European monetary policy issues. The ECB invited successful teams to Frankfurt on 8 May 2019 to discover even more about central banking, and to meet former President Draghi for a Q&A session.
Here’s a taster of how Mario Draghi responded to students’ questions!
What he said…
Watch the Q&A between President Draghi and the successful teams from the Generation €uro Students’ Award by following the links below.
The ECB held its sixth Youth Dialogue in partnership with Bocconi University and Debating Europe – an online platform where young people can discuss current issues with Europe’s leaders. On 13 March 2019, ECB Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré met with students to discuss the challenges faced by young Europeans today. Ahead of the event, we asked you to send in your questions for Benoît Cœuré via Twitter or by commenting on the Debating Europe platform. We added a selection of these questions to the live debate.
Here’s a taster of the discussion!
Watch the exchange of questions and answers on these and other topics between Benoît Cœuré and students of Bocconi University.
The third Youth Dialogue took place in partnership with Debating Europe – an online platform where young people can discuss current issues with Europe’s leaders.
From 17 to 23 January 2018, we asked you to send questions for President Draghi, via Twitter and Facebook, on any of the following topics:
- Europe’s economic recovery and youth unemployment
- cryptocurrencies and blockchain
- possibility of a new global economic crisis
Watch the answers President Draghi gave to some of the questions received and have a look at the debate on our social media channels!
Europe’s economic recovery and youth unemployment
The European economy has been continuously expanding for several years now and employment is higher than ever, but we have to continue improving and make sure everyone benefits.
Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
Blockchain is an innovative technology that could improve efficiency. We are assessing whether it could be used in our own services in the future. Concerning bitcoin and whether you should trust it, President Draghi advises caution, as it is not backed by any central bank or government, adding that it is not the ECB’s job to regulate it.
Global economic crisis
The last crisis was severe, but the worst of it is behind us. European countries entered the crisis with major weaknesses and were not able to react adequately. Today, significant progress has been made in many areas, making us better equipped for the future.
Do you think the EU and ECB will be able to reform enough to be able to cope with yet another big economic crisis, before the next crisis happens?Christiaan, Netherlands
Find out more
Do you want to know more about the topics of this ECB Youth Dialogue? Take a look at the following pages!
- Economic recovery and the new phase of monetary policy (Speech by Vítor Constâncio, Vice-President of the ECB, at the Opening Conference of the 20th Euro Finance Week, Frankfurt am Main, 13 November 2017)
- Sustaining openness in a dynamic global economy (Speech by Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, at the Economic Policy Symposium of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Jackson Hole, 25 August 2017)
- Virtual or virtueless? The evolution of money in the digital age (Lecture by Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, London, 8 February 2018)
- How could new technology transform financial markets? (ECB Explainer)
- Bitcoin, money of the future? (Winning video from the Euro Video Challenge 2017, produced by Jason Halbgewachs and Michiel van Aarnhem)
- Youth unemployment in the euro area (Keynote speech by Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, for the Henry Grattan Lecture Series at Trinity College, Dublin, 22 September 2017)
- Accompanying the economic recovery (Speech by Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, at the ECB Forum on Central Banking, Sintra, 27 June 2017)
President Mario Draghi met with young Europeans on Friday, 22 September 2017, at Trinity College Dublin.
The event was organised in partnership with the Central Bank of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin.
Will blockchain have a role in the future? Is the potential for house price bubbles a growing concern for the Governing Council? To what extent is forward guidance and clear communication seen as a key component of modern central banks?
Watch the exchange of questions and answers on these and other topics between President Draghi and economics students from Trinity College Dublin.
President Mario Draghi hosted the ECB’s first Youth Dialogue in Lisbon organised in partnership with the Banco de Portugal and ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management.
Explore the discussion about the meaning of innovation and productivity for young people.