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Parliamentary questions
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26 April 2018
P-002326-18
Question for written answer P-002326-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eider Gardiazabal Rubial (S&D) , Javi López (S&D)

 Subject:  Alleged impropriety at the Youth Conference in Sofia
 Answer in writing 

From 17-19 April 2018 the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council held the Youth Conference in Sofia, bringing together more than 250 young people and political leaders from the EU. The conference was held as part of a series of regular structured dialogue meetings, the purpose of which is to present and discuss suggestions for ways to enhance the lives of young people in Europe.

Many of those who attended the conference have criticised the Bulgarian Government for its poor organisation of the event: at times during the scheduled activities the consumption of alcohol was encouraged, and there were incidents involving sexist and chauvinistic behaviour.

1. What systems does the Commission use to keep track of the funding it provides to rotating presidencies to put on conferences of this sort?

2. Does the Commission think it is appropriate that patriarchal attitudes and behaviour that is degrading to young women are being promoted at Youth Conferences?

3. What steps is the Commission intending to take to promote equality and the empowerment of women at such events, and to rid them of sexism?

Original language of question: ES 
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