Published on August 2nd, 2018

Let us talk for a sec about how the EU affects our daily life... 🔊

📌...when we are in NEET: EU strategies foster equality between young Europeans and include assisting young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) due to family responsibilities, enhancing young people’s skill sets, and matching their skills to job market needs 😓🆘👔
📌...when we want to freelance: The EuropeanCourt of Justice recently ruled that an EU citizen, self-employed in another EU Member State, can retain their right to reside if they become unemployed 👩‍💻🗺️
📌… when we are in an emergency abroad (or fall sick while travelling in Europe), EU legislation gives us the same right to state-provided healthcare as people insured in the country concerned. When carrying the European Health Insurance Card, paying upfront can be avoided in most EU countries ⛑️🗺️🤕
📌… when we want smartphones: it is important that they are reliable, safe and available when needed. Roaming charges for data were finally abolished on 15 June 2017. The EU also introduced safety standards and consumer rights that apply when buying a smartphone abroad 📱💰📡
📌… when we are feeling innovative: The EU promotes young entrepreneurs in many ways. In 2009, the EU launched ‘Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs’. The idea is that new entrepreneurs learn from experienced entrepreneurs in another EU country. They gain the valuable skills they need to start their own business, while the EU offers financial and practical support 🤝📚
📌… when we want to be ourselves: The EU’s defence of equality for all is the legislation providing for equal treatment at work and in training, regardless of religion or belief, disability, age, or sexual orientation 🗣️🏳️‍🌈💪

When we are in NEET😓🆘👔
➡️all EU countries committed to implement a Youth Guarantee in April 2013. The Guarantee promises a good quality offer of employment, further education, an apprenticeship or traineeship to all young people under the age of 25 years, within a period of four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education.
When we want to Freelance👩‍💻🗺️
➡️the EU is there to help. Its’ Entrepreneurship 2020 action plan aims to spark entrepreneurial spirit, and a number of programmes and initiatives promote ease of access to finance and for aspiring entrepreneurs. The European Innovation Council, and the SME Instrument in particular, offer funds and mentoring services for innovators. As well as financing micro-entrepreneurs, the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation supports the development of appropriate social protection systems and labour market policies.
When we have an emergency abroad⛑️🗺️🤕
➡️ the EU Civil Protection Mechanism supplies coordinated assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters. This can include health assistance from the European Medical Corps, who send doctors and medical equipment in response to emergencies in and outside the EU.
When we want Smartphones📱💰📡
➡️ we can buy a device from an online store in any EU Member State, at the same price, no matter which EU country we live in, thanks to EU rules introduced in 2018. EU law provides a legal guarantee period of two years, during which defective devices must be repaired or replaced free of charge. EU rules ensure that that we receive the documentation for our device in the language of our country and that mobile telecommunication products sold in the EU bear the CE label to show that they conform to safety standards.
When we are feeling innovative ❓🤝📚
➡️ a source of financial support is the European Social Fund (ESF). For several years now, the ESF has been opening up learning and training opportunities and helping young business starters gain valuable skills and experience. Meanwhile, as many aspiring entrepreneurs face financial difficulties in the start-up phase, the European Progress Microfinance facility can help improve access to microcredits.
When we want to be ourselves 🗣️🏳️‍🌈💪
➡️The EU Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme fights discrimination and tackles many forms of intolerance. Non-discrimination and sexual minority rights are also included in the European Social Fund, the Erasmus+ Programme and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which promotes tolerance outside the EU.
When we want good chocolate 🍫❤️👨‍🌾

🔜For those who want it all: The EP Research service has made a podcast series about the EU’s impact on our daily lives. https://epthinktank.eu/2018/04/06/you-and-the-eu-in-60-seconds/ 🔥

Written by Katharina Krüll

Administration

Katharina is a 25-year old European Studies student. She joined AEGEE in 2012 and has been an active member of the association on both the local and European level. As a member of the Y Vote team, she now gets to participate in the project that, with its 2014 edition, made her understand the importance of Youth participation.