Thinking of Europe Event Bucharest, April 28, 2023


The journey of our five “Thinking of Europe” fellows continues. Next stop: Bucharest. At the third Transnational Training for Trainers (TT4T) taking place in Romania at the end of April, the fellows experienced three intensive days of workshops and activities, aimed to expand the visions of the trainers and adapt the educational content of Understanding Europe training network. Moreover, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft invited the young educators to discuss their visions of a European future in a workshop.


The Transnational Training for Trainers is a series of events where trainers, coordinators and peer educators from all over Europe can come together and connect, as Understanding Europe is an ever-growing network of young people delivering educational work in 14 different European countries. As partner of the Schwarzkopf Stiftung-Junges Europa, we at the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft are delighted to foster the ever more important work of the Understanding Europe network for peer education to promote and advise on educational projects committed to civic participation and a democratic and open-minded Europe.

“A year ago, I started following my path as a member of this network through the TT4T in Armenia. It felt so magical that I promised to myself to do whatever was in my power to create such experiences for others. Hosting this event meant to me having the chance to share internationally a part of my (eastern European) identity, hoping to be welcomed by the others.” Teodora Balan, National Coordinator UE Romania


In our partnership, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft hosted a workshop on "Thinking of Europe in 2040”. The 20 Trainers were asked to develop their own visions of what they want from and imagine for the EU in the areas of democracy, climate, economy and how the EU should interact with the rest of the world in 2040.

There was a common understanding and ask on:

  1. Europe needs a more democratic Union. EU needs more harmonisation in some fields, and to grow closer together as a Union.
  2. Climate: Indeed, a great concern is to find equal conditions and rights for the climate transition in a Europe with diverse nations.
  3. In a more interconnected world, migration will gain weight for European global cohesion. Migration shall be based on human dignity: Each should be offered decent living standards, wages and working conditions.

This conversation confirms the importance of exchange of ideas and visions across Europe to promote European cohesion which enables the AHG partnership pand the Schwarzkopf Foundation. The Understanding Europe network supports young Europeans to see with one's own eye, stand up for something in front of others and argue which helps to show other people history and new ways in a self-reflective way.

After these intensive days, they all agreed how important is self-experience and exchange of perspectives, connect and reflect on their own privileges and increase their understanding of diversity. Such travels support to feel confident to think and act for change.