European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC) 2019

After three successful editions that took place between 2016 and 2018, the European Youth Debating Competition ( EYDC,, will start this year in Spain, with a National Finals that will take place on 26 th March in Tarragona. The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope team up once again to organise this European Youth Debating Competition for youngsters in Europe, between March and September 2019. This year, the topic of the debate is “Rethink, Reuse, Recycle: how would you shape a sustainable future with plastics and petrochemicals?” 

Seven National Finals will be organised in: Belgium or the Netherlands for a joint “Benelux” Finals, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom. Students between 16 and 19 years old from across Europe will have the opportunity to join the competition. Consequently, 25 winners from the National Finals will be representing their countries at the European Finals 2019. These will take place on Monday, 7th October 2019 during the 53rd EPCA Annual Meeting in Berlin. The top 5 out of 10 winners will be awarded during the Closing Lunch on 9th October 2019.

Group photo of EYDC winners

Press Release

The Press Release announcing the launch of the EYDC 2019 is available on our Newsroom

Agenda of National Finals

National Finals take place from March until September 2019 in the following countries : 
  • Benelux (Friday 17th May 2019 in Brussels)
  • France (Friday 27th September 2019 in Paris)
  • Germany (Saturday 4 May 2019 in Frankfurt)
  • Italy (Thursday 30 May 2019 in Milan)
  • Poland (Tuesday 21 May 2019 in Krakow)
  • Spain (Tuesday 26 March 2019 in Tarragona)
  • the United Kingdom (Monday 17th June 2019 in London)
The European Finals of the European Youth Debating Competition will take place in Berlin during EPCA’s 53rd Annual Meeting on Monday 7th October 2019

Please visit the official European Youth Debating Competition website:

Winners of the Spanish National EYDC Finals (Tarragona – 26.03.2019) Winners of the Spanish National EYDC Finals (Tarragona – 26.03.2019) together with Javier Constante, PlasticsEurope President.