Talking Europe in the Digital Age:
cultural, economic and citizen challenges

The summer workshop of the European College of Cluny offers a unique opportunity to thirty participants from all backgrounds, to share their thoughts and ideas to understand the challenges facing Europe today.This year’s theme is the digital revolution in Europe. From algorithms to social networks, including economic, political or artistic issues of the digital world, many questions that you will be confronted with and on which you will develop your innovation and forsight abilities.

Looking forward to welcoming you to the exceptional and
historic site of Cluny Abbey!

Last places to be filled before 25th June 2019!
Selected participants will be informed by e-mail as soon as possible


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Summer Workshop 2019

2019 Topic: Talking Europe in the Digital Age: cultural, economic and citizen challenges
Where? Cluny Abbey, Cluny, Bourgogne, France
When? Thursday 4th July – Saturday 13th July 2019
What? See Program
How? See Method & Aims

About the Theme

Europe today is experiencing a great digital revolution. From smartphones to very high-speed Internet, from roaming to e-commerce, from the market for applications to emerging technologies … digital technology is transforming our societies and economies and represents major new challenges. It is therefore of prime importance at a time when the European Union is seeking a new lease of life in its construction. The summer seminar of the European College of Cluny gives space for elaboration of proposals for the future and offers the participants numerous opportunities for reflection and debates fueled by the presence of experts. The participants will try to answer the major issues they have identified thanks to their innovative solutions developed during the seminar.

For 9 days, the participants will share their observations and visions on the subject and will then elaborate their democratic, cultural and political propositions on the topic.

The Place

During the Workshop, you will live and work in the historical site of the Cluny Abbey, which was a Benedictine monastery in Cluny, Burgundy, France. It was built in the Romanesque style, with three churches built in succession from the 10th to the early 12th centuries.

1100 Years of History

Cluny, a spiritual and political capital in the Middle Ages, is now a major tourist and cultural attraction and a regional equestrian centre in the heart of the land of “Great Art and Good Living”.


  • From 14 pm: Arrival – Rooms and discovery of the Abbey
  • 19 pm: Opening speech – Presentation of the week and the organisational team
  • Ice breaking games – Presentation of the participants
  • Welcome Picnic
  • Ice breaking games
  • Introduction to the « Cluny method »
  • Visit of the Abbey
  • Workshop “Digital as common goods” with Israël BARROSO
  • Opening Conference with Guillaume KLOSSA, Founder of EuropaNova. Special Adviser to the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Digital Single Market .
  • Training: Negotiation Techniques
  • Workshop / Table round “E-Government “ with Citizen OS-Estonie and Marc Clément, president judge at the Administrative Court of Lyon (France)
  • Simulation of the European Council
  • Presentation of the Open Space
  • Feedback in the plenary and launch of the Open Space. Work in commissions.
  • European Evening – Presentation of the countries, discovery and and tasting, and meeting with local representatives.
  • Day of exchanges with European citizens from Southern Burgundy. Exchange in small groups with actors from associations, training companies, local businesses, cultural sites and inhabitants of the Cluny region.
  • Workshop “Smart cities” with Mario NEVE
  • Debriefing from the day with local citizens
  • Feedback to the plenary and and restart of Open Space. Work in commissions.
  • Workshop  “Blockchain” with Jean-Baptiste FLAYSSE
  • Presentation of the « mind-map », creation of permanent commissions.
  • Work in permanent commissions
  • Work in permanent commissions
  • Feedback and work towards a final product
  • Presentation of proposals to adopt for the final product
  • Approval and formatting of the final product
  • Presentation of the results of the summer workshop to invited people and the public: companies, associations and individuals from the region – open to the public
  • Closing evening
  • Departure of participants


The main aims of the summer workshop of the European College of Cluny are to:

  • Share and exchange
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Analyse and evaluate
  • Compare and differentiate
  • Propose innovative solutions

By coming to Cluny, you will have the opportunity to discover French national heritage and to live a unique multicultural experience with young people from all over Europe.

The Method

The “Cluny method” is the development of collective intelligence that makes use of interdisciplinarity and plurilingualism. The facilitators will invite the participants to develop their autonomy and their self-learning abilities, to appropriate innovative methods of co-construction based on mutual learning.

Conferences, training sessions and working groups will enable you to develop negotiation skills and to gain an overview of the main issues at stake.

How to Apply

  1. Prepare a CV and a short Cover Letter (in PDF, RTF, DOC format) outlining your motivation to participate in this event.
  2. Fill out the Application Form before the 20th of June.
  3. That’s it!

Deadline for applications is the 31st May 2019–> Last places to be filled before 25th June!

Selected candidates will be informed
by email 
before  7th June 2019 –> As soon as possible



Selection Criteria:

Minimum age: candidates must be born before 1st January 1999
Personal motivation is very important
Geographic diversity: 3 to 4 candidates per EU member states; 1 to 2 participants for non-European countries
Linguistic competences Must be able to speak French and English

Apart from language skills, no other academic or professional qualifications are required. We explicitly encourage participants from various fields to apply.

Time until Convention...

What seduced me in the European College of Cluny summer seminar proposal was both the framework and the title.

I really enjoyed the exchanges that the seminar allowed, the idea that we come from very different backgrounds, and not only geographical, and that we share common values. And I really liked the teamwork and I enjoyed it here.

This is the first time I’ve been to Cluny and it’s beautiful.

Juliette, France

I really enjoyed exploring even further how the European institutions work and I learned a lot, especially during the course on negotiation and the conference given by MEP Philippe Lamberts.

I met a lot of people and even if I don’t speak French very well, it was easy to switch from one language to another and thus to learn differently.

Numan, Afhganistan

I am a student in international relations and history and I attended the summer school thanks to Facebook. It was the theme that really inspired me.

I loved the course on negotiation, as well as the atmosphere throughout the seminar. It was a very benevolent atmosphere from beginning to end.

Klara, Croatia

For me, the most impressive course was the Citizen Jury. This is the first time I have played a role and tried to find both solutions and compromises. It was very important to use our listening skills.

Shigi, China, Your Content Goes Here

At first, it was rather complicated for me to quit the university mold  and understand the organisation and teaching methods of this summer seminar, but once the ” culture shock” was over, I found it very interesting. I really learned from the negotiation class and the role-playing. I realised that without prior training, it is very difficult to engage in negotiation work, for example.

Fanny, France, Your Content Goes Here

This was the first time I attended a summer seminar and the first time I really spoke French outside of my classes. It was very comfortable because when I felt lost, I could easily switch back to English.

I learnt a lot from the Citizen Jury. It was a fairly complete simulation, a good illustration of the difficulties that can be encountered when starting a project construction or negotiation process. This time, even if it wasn’t “real”, we came to some sort of consensus based on compromise, even if it wasn’t very easy.

Balazs, Hongrie, Your Content Goes Here

It was someone from my association who told me about the summer seminar and I am truly convinced that Europe can only be built with “true meetings”. I want to help change things in Europe and advance the idea of Europe among citizens. I am one of those people who, as soon as they are faced with a problem, want to find a solution to it.

So it was important to meet and I particularly enjoyed the group work. It shows that some projects can succeed, or at least move forward. When I arrived here, I thought “when there is a project, there is a way”, I think that even more after a few days of working with other young people.

Faedran, Belgium, Your Content Goes Here

Here, I have the impression of a great openness of mind: I’ve been here for several days and I cannot distinguish if this openness of mind is due to the fact that we are all very different in our education and our characters, or to the fact that we really come from different countries and different cultures.

Lancelot, France, Your Content Goes Here

Registration Fees:

Limited places, hurry up to register!


  • fee before May 30, 2019: 400 €
  • fee between May 30 and June 30, 2019: 500 €

What You Receive

  • Accommodation within the Abbey of Cluny (shared rooms)
  • Meals: 3 / day
  • Seminar and Conference access— full access
  • Participation in the International Evening
  • Guided tour of the Abbey of Cluny and Museum
  • Wi-Fi internet access

The fees do not include travel expenses.

Partnerships and Support

Many well-known personalities support the Convention of Young European Citizens:

  • Philippe Lamberts, MEP
  • Jan Sokol, Former minister of Education in the Czech Republic
  • Vladimir Spidla, Former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, former European Commissioner
  • Bronislaw Geremek, Former minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, former MEP
  • Michel Rocard, Former Prime Minister of France, former MEP
  • Rolands Lappuke, Former Ambassador of Latvia in France
  • Pavel Fischer, Former Ambassador of the Czech Republic in France
  • Viviane Reding, Former MEP, former member of the European Commission
  • Pascal Lamy, Former WTO Director-General, former European Commissioner
  • Vaclav Havel, Former president of the Czech Republic
  • Elmar Brok, MEP
  • Pervenche Berès, MEP

The 2011 Convention was held under the patronage of Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, former President of the European Council.

Partners and support

To apply, upload a CV and a short Cover Letter
describing your motivation to participate in this event:

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E-mail address:
Postal Address:
Year of Birth:

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