Our Agenda for Europe

During the last election period for the European Parliament, the participation of youth was disappointingly low. Only around 28% of young people went to the ballot boxes and made their voices heard through the casting of a vote.

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Results of the Final Conference

It seems like just yesterday, we finished our series of Conventions with our Final Conference. We have had eight events since November 2018, and it’s time to wrap-up and reflect.

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Recommendations on Health & Well-Being

Health and well-being have a direct and very visible impact on everyday life. It became visible during the Convention on Health & Well-Being, that especially Mental Health is not yet enough in the focus of policies and talked about in societies. The various existing policy measures concerning health were discussed and it was made clear that the EU already tackles many issues such as tobacco or nutrition. Still, the discussions underlined that there are many health issues to solve still, such as obesity or cardiovascular diseases.

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Recommendations on Youth & the World

Human Rights issues are not easy to tackle and there are many different areas to talk about. During the convention, the participants gained insights into various of these areas, to become aware of how many discussions and problems there are in Europe when it comes to Human Rights. Most dominant were discussions about the situation in Hungary and Poland, the Rule of Law, the situation with migrants in Europe, women’s rights, as well as Equal Rights, but also Human Rights how the EU can and should react to Human Rights violations outside of its borders.

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Recommendations on Social Inclusion

“United in diversity” is the motto of the EU. It еmbodies the importance of the different cultures and people within the Union. And social inclusion has always been a core value for the European identity. Social inclusion is a broad issue that collocates various topics on the continent like gender equality, acceptance of the LGBTQI+ community, accessibility to disabled people. Unfortunately, a significant group of young people in Europe is part of the NEETs (young people not in employment, education or training) group. The youth in Europe needs to be better included in society regardless of their social, economic or political background.

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Recommendations on Participation in Civil Society

Participation in Civil Society is a topic which is hard to pin down to just one aspect. With so many constant changes to the structure of our different societies, the Youth needs to be able and enabled, to participate actively within them. Thus of course the Youth must not wait for the world to change on its own. As a young generation it lays in our responsibility to shape the world and society of tomorrow.

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A Participants’ view on a Y Vote Convention

“We signed up for this convention without a very clear image about what “civic participation” really is, and we can say that, once it is finalized, we have a much wider knowledge, not only of that topic but also of how to address the political sphere in a clear and effective way. It all became possible in less than a week in Düsseldorf. Definitely, this convention has been a good investment of time and a great opportunity to learn a lot.

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Crowdfunding for the “How to Vote” app

Many don’t feel close to the traditional politics, but they do care about topics they feel passionate about like sustainability, mobility, Erasmus, inclusion and equality. Despite this, barely 28% of the young voters took part in the European Parliament elections 2014 – making them the elections with the lowest youth participation ever! May 2019 it’s coming and it’s time to take action and make sure the EU goes where we want – because we are the future!

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New year, new presidency, new trio

From 1st of January on Romania took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU from Austria, who chaired meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council for the last 6 months. Member states holding the presidency work together closely in groups of three, called ‘trios’. The new trio starting now includes next to Romania the presidencies of the EU member countries Finland and Croatia. Together, they set long-term goals and prepare a common agenda determining the topics and major issues that will be addressed by the Council over an 18 month period. On the basis of this programme, each of the three countries prepares its own more detailed 6-month programme. Let’s have a look at what the new trio’s plans for the next 18 months are.

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Recommendations on Education & Training

Education and training in Europe have long been a matter for discussion. Even though the nations have various systems in place, there are common strands that they all follow. In this continuously changing world the education systems are taking too long to change and adapt to the skills and knowledge required by both students and teachers. Only a few existing programmes are well known and they need to be significantly improved. We would like to see the European Union supporting its member states in preparing their educational systems for a future world that will rely on educators and those pupils to be prepared.

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