Bastien Beauducel is one of the four 2024 French Y7 delegates, dedicated to the track “Inclusion and Equal Opportunities.”  He has a Masters degree in public policies from SciencesPo Rennes and l’École Normale Supérieure of Rennes. Bastien passed the French taxes authority and the Banque de France competitive exams. He currently works at the European Central Bank as a banking supervisor specialized in climate and environmental risks. He is committed to strengthening the connection between citizens and politics.

How do you believe that your professional background prepared you to represent France at the Youth 7 Summit?

First and foremost, working everyday in an English-speaking environment reinforced my confidence to discuss important worldwide issues in a foreign language.Secondly, the international atmosphere at the ECB helped me a lot to understand the summit atmosphere, the different delegates’ opinions and negotiate with them. Last but not least, working at the ECB for five months now, and at the Banque de France before that, gave me access to public documentation from the economics and statistics departments, to better substantiate my proposals. 

For those in our audience interested, can you explain to them the process of being selected as a delegate to represent France?

Volunteer in the Open Diplomacy think tank, an organization responsible for coordinating the work on Y7 and Y20 in France each year, I have been chosen by the organization’s senior management to be one of the four French Y7 delegates. 

Given your background, what were the most critical issues you aimed to address in your negotiations at the Y7 summit regarding inclusion and equal opportunities? 

I wanted to address three critical issues when I was chosen as a delegate. Firstly, the situation of disabled people was an important topic for me. They still face discrimination in public life and struggle to be integrated in the workplace. For instance, in France, most companies don’t respect the mandatory “disabled employment” ratio. Secondly, considering the French climate citizens convention, I aimed to address the growing distance between citizens and politics strengthening citizens’ participation. In France, in 2019, 150 citizens were drawn to define concrete measures to tackle the environmental crisis. Whereas they did not know each other before and were not, for most of them, professionally involved in this area, they wrote 149 relevant concrete actions in just a few months. Thirdly, considering issues on Mediterranean shore territories and good practices from the city where I live, I wanted to address the issue of access to water and electricity for everyone, by putting in place social scheme prices. In some cities in France, the water distribution has been taken back by public authorities. In some of these cities, such as in Montreuil in Seine Saint Denis, social price schemes have been implemented with a price linked to consumption. 

How do you plan to disseminate the outcomes and agreements of the Y7 summit to stakeholders in France and beyond? What steps will you take to ensure that the policies and recommendations from the summit are implemented and followed up on?

The French Y7 delegates have been really active on social media to publicize the Summit and the proposals. Moreover, we published an Op Ed in Le Monde (main French newspaper) to highlight the 2024 Y7 Communiqué recommendations. We also organized a meeting with Open Diplomacy fellows. We plan to meet with French ministers and French members of Parliament. This second part has been postponed due to the political context in France. 

How will you engage with the public and policymakers to raise awareness and support for the initiatives discussed at the Y7 summit? 

We will organize meetings with new French ministers and members of Parliament when they are nominated, to raise awareness about the recommendations of the Y7 communiqué

What advice would you give to young individuals aspiring to take on leadership roles in advocating for the policies you have worked for at Y7?

If I may, I will give two pieces of advice: Don’t hesitate! This role could appear scary, difficult. Most of the time, we restrain ourselves from this position. However, it is a very exciting experience. You will have the opportunity to defend your ideas and give your opinion on critical issues. The proposals should be specific, concrete, enforceable, realistic with a deadline if needed and relies on substantiated background or data. Doing so, the proposal is more easily accepted by other delegates and more easily applicable for G7 leaders.