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Kraków, 21th May 2019

Winners of the European Youth Debating Competition, Polish Finals – heading to European Finals in Berlin

The youth debate organised in Kraków was the fourth of 7 planned events of the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC), organised by the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) and PlasticsEurope. Three winners of the debate: from Warsaw will represent Poland at the European Finals to be held in Berlin at the beginning of October, during the 53rd EPCA Annual Meeting.

The Polish National Finals of the European Youth Debating Competition (EYDC) 2019 took place on 21st  May in Kraków, where over 70 young students from secondary schools from all over Poland discussed on their sustainable future and on the role of petrochemicals and plastics. During debating on this important challenge,  the participants in their speeches focused on the importance of resource efficiency as well as role of innovative technologies in solving future challenges.

The three winners of the Polish debate were:
  1. Kamil Petrykiewicz (V LO im. księcia Józefa Poniatowskiego, Warsaw)
  2. Maja Cortinovis (V LO im. księcia Józefa Poniatowskiego, Warsaw)
  3. Julia Kubiak (Merridian International School, Warsaw)
They all won a ticket to the European Finals in Berlin, held as part of the 53rd EPCA Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of the petrochemical industry in Europe, where they will debate with young winners from other European countries on the theme: „Rethink, Reuse, Recycle: how would you shape a sustainable future with plastics and petrochemicals?”
The main objective of the European Youth Debating Competition – a joint project organised by EPCA and PlasticsEurope – is to offer a unique opportunity for students to acquire new skills, by interacting and expressing themselves about societal and industry linked topics. For the industry, it is an opportunity to connect with the new generation, listen, learn about their views as well as their visions of our future. All the debates organised in Belgium for a joint “Benelux” Finals, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom including the final debate in Berlin follow the same standardized structure and formula, and all students will be assessed according to the same criteria.
Kazimierz Borkowski, Managing Director of PlasticsEurope Polska underlines: “The topic of this year debate was not easy – sustainable development is a very complex issue. It is becoming more and more present in the public debate, especially among young people and we are really happy that our debaters perfectly coped with it. Young people are aware that the most important challenges of the future such as limited resources and growing world population need clever solutions. Such solutions can be brought by petrochemicals and plastics.”
Tomasz Piec (Chief Commercial Officer SYNTHOS SA, Member of Steering Board of PlasticsEurope) adds: I am happy that this year European Youth Debating Competition was run in Kraków, thus this prestigious project was easier accessible for students from our region, including Oświęcim. Topics related to industry and environment always raise emotions and it is of great value that young people are able to address these emotions in well-founded speeches. The winners showed best debating skills presenting clear and logic arguments and we hope that they will win also in Berlin”.
Further information about the EYDC is available at,, and Twitter: #youthdebate2019.

The European Petrochemical Association (EPCA)

Based in Brussels, EPCA is the primary European Business Network for the global petrochemical business community consisting of chemical producers, their suppliers, customers and service providers. It operates for and through more than 700-member companies from 54 different countries. EPCA hosts events in Europe offering members all over the world the opportunity to meet industry leaders and selected external stakeholders and stay abreast of international market developments as well as technological and societal trends. EPCA also assists members on specific topics that underpin the sustainable development of the global petrochemical industry. EPCA promotes STEM education, with a clear focus on gender and diversity inclusion. EPCA also highlight the multidisciplinary approach and the variety of challenging career paths that the petrochemical industry offers.

PlasticsEurope is one of the leading European trade associations with centres in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan and Paris. The association is networking with European and national plastics associations and has more than 100 member companies, producing over 90% of all polymers across the EU28 member states plus Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.


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