YEYS & 500th PLENARY SESSION
PLENARY SESSION - Wednesday 9 of JULY 2014
The delegation of youngsters from Your Europe Your Say event has presented the TOP 5 priorities for Europe before an audience of around 500 attentive EESC members and politicians.
The initiatives selected by students as their priorities are:
INITIATIVE 1 / Equality in education
Access to a good education for all is fundamental for jobs, growth and prosperity.
This initiative has been presented by Theseas EFSTATHOPOULOS (CY): "Unless governments recognise that the future of society depends on the responsible participation of appropriately-educated young people, the hope of equality will remain a dream. I would like to believe that together, we have the potential to convert this dream into reality in the near future"
INITIATIVE 2 / Develop language teacher further
As an education priority. Start language learning at the age of six. Young Europeans should master their mother tongue, English and a third EU language.
This initiative has been presented by Jakob WEISS (DE): "Already Goethe stressed the importance of languages: "who does not speak another language, does not know his own""
INITIATIVE 3 / Encourage research and innovation to boost renewable energy and recycling
Clean air and water, and electric cars will make our planet a healthy place to live.
This initiative has been presented by Anna GLETTHOFER (AT): "In environment, if plan A fails there is no planet B"
INITIATIVE 4 / Recognise work experience whatever its form and duration
Internships, voluntary work and seasonal jobs, etc. as a means of reducing youth unemployment. This affects all EU economies negatively. The EU should invest in youth, invest in jobs and support firms which give young people work experience while still at school.
This initiative has been presented by Karin OLOFSSON (SE): "Rising youth unemployment is possibly the most serious problem facing the EU. Although it is a difficult topic it must be dealt with; until the economy is back on its feet, financial help from the European Union is going to be needed. One thing we do know is that a strong economy has a positive impact on the whole of society"
INITIATIVE 5 / Create equal opportunities
Implement more exchange programmes between schools in different Member States to bring young people closer together. Current programmes such as Erasmus are not well known enough. Organise cross-border cultural and sports events. Exchanges help young people develop a sense of their European cultural context and identity.
This initiative has been presented by Leo Filip KOVAČIĆ (HR): Only the organization of cross-border cultural events will enable the individuals from different countries to create a sense of unity, consequently building up a more tangible sense of what it means to be European"Only the organization of cross-border cultural events will enable the individuals from different countries to create a sense of unity, consequently building up a more tangible sense of what it means to be European"