Sustainable Business & Lifestyle – Czech and German Answers – Europe will be the world’s first climate neutral continent – at least according to the newly elected president of the EU commission, Ursula von der Leyen. To what extent this ambitious goal can be met, remains to be seen. But these climate-friendly announcements cannot conceal the deeply rooted discrepancy in member states´ environmental policies. In most cases, conflicts do not so much concern the overall perception of a problem or the goals to be achieved. The basic question dividing the EU rather is, whether it is necessary to regulate a given problem by new legislation (top-down) – or whether it is sufficient to rely on mechanisms of self-commitment and “the market” (bottom-up). Against this background, the 11th edition of the Czech-German Young Professionals Program (CGYPP) aims at exploring the reasons behind the fundamental differences dividing EU member states in their environmental policies. Comparing Germany and the Czech Republic we will ask how Czechs and Germans perceive the environmental problems we are facing today. Who, do they think, is “in charge” of solving these problems? What political and economic incentives do start-ups and companies need to contribute to a more sustainable form of modern life? And to what extent are people willing to change their behaviour in a way as not to reduce their own “ecological footprint”? Should we try to bring about societal change – and if so: how? We want to discuss these questions creatively, interactively and polemically with a wide range of political and economic leaders, with leading journalists and experts – and we want to share our insights with the general public.
These and other topical questions will be addressed at the 11th year of the CGYPP. We want to engage in a creative, interactive and polemical discussion with a wide spectrum of political and economic leaders, prominent journalists and distinguished experts. We want to dig deeper into challenges and chances of today’s world and share our knowledge with the general public.
In case of your acceptance, we charge a one time participation fee of 200 EUR. We cover your program arrangement, travel expenses, accommodation, and board. You are expected to attend all program component units in full.