We are excited and honoured to announce that the 2020 edition of the Warwick Economics Summit (WES) has been granted the patronage of the European Parliament (EP).
The Patronage is a representation of the European Parliament’s support for the Summit, and only a few organisations are awarded it every year. The EP has recognised our work to allow “young people […] to take part in exchanges with prominent and influential speakers on topical issues” and supports the Summit as “an excellent medium for political education”.
WES and the EP share important values, including youth empowerment through political education and debate, increasing accessibility to such an education and the relevance of building cross-border intellectual ties. Given this, we believe the Patronage of such a prestigious organisation will help us to continue the work of all the students who have contributed to the growth of the Summit over the past 19 years and will allow us to deliver the best experience to our delegates at the 2020 Summit.
At the same time, we are aware that the EU has been and will continue to be a contentious issue in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. We believe it is important to clarify that we remain a non-partisan organisation, whose agenda is not limited to Europe – as also specified by the EP in its communications with the Summit.
We remain committed to bringing together a diverse audience and to create a line-up of speakers that represents all countries, sectors and political views as far as possible.