Absolutely everyone in our initiative wants a greater involvement of young people. And that also applies to our Lord Mayor and probably to every member of our City Council. But it's true that there is a discussion about other forms of participation. These may be youth meetings with the Lord Mayor and the administration or the consultation hours of our councils.
But I do not win any young people who want to get involved in policy, but not in a party.
For me it is. Not everyone wants to join a party at the age of 16.
We outlined two concepts. One champions a youth parliament, the second one supports other forms of participation. Now there is a third one, in which the Youth Parliament and other forms of participation are taken into account. All three concepts were sent to the youth organizations of our local parties and to our non-party activists to get their opinions.
If the first concept fails, there will be talks with the Lord Mayor, associations and city councils. We will discuss details like the budget, the right to make motions in the City Council and the election procedures. And we, or at least me, want to try out the other forms of participation. I like to have them as an integral part of our Youth Parliament.
Sure, it is. But it is also very exciting. You learn a lot. How to write to the Lord Mayor. How to negotiate with him.
How to facilitate an event with 60 people or how to manage the sessions of our initiative.
First of all, I want to go to university. But if there is a chance to go into politics, for example into a local council, I would take the chance.
And that is precisely the goal of a youth parliament: To introduce young people to the real life of policy.
Interviewed by Claus Sixt, photo by Marius Lentz-Wimmer
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Johannes Schlieter, 17 years, is the key player of an initiative, which likes to found a youth parliament in Landshut, a town with 70,000 inhabitants next to Munich. The initiative promotes a greater political participation of young people.