Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Your Europe, Your Say! (YEYS) event, scheduled for Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March, has had to be cancelled. The decision was taken in the interest of everybody's health and safety, the key priority for the EESC in the context of the current pandemic. The organising team is now considering various alternatives for 2021, although no final decision has been taken so far.
Despite the cancellation of the event as such, participating schools were asked to send a 1-minute video with ideas on how to tackle climate change. The videos were ranked by each delegation and one student from each of the top two delegations will be able to take part in the European Parliament's Youth Event (EYE), which will be held in autumn.
The school that received most votes is Gimnazija "Svetozar Marković", from Novi Sad, Serbia, which proposed using landfill gas for energy, thus transforming waste into resources.
The second most voted was sent by the Freiherr-vom-Stein-Gymnasium from Lünen, Germany. German students proposed the "Our Climate, Our Future truck" which produces food using renewable energy and raises awareness about climate change. (dgf)