What place is there for culture in Europe's future?
Teenagers from Mersin prepare to tell Brussels
On 26 February, from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. the Yenişehir proje imam hatip high school, Gökçebelen street 34, street number 156 in Mersin will welcome Mr Arno Metzler, member of the European Economic and Social Committee, to prepare for "Your Europe, Your Say" (YEYS), the youth assembly which will take place in Brussels on 15-16 March 2018.
Thirty-three schools from across Europe, 28 EU Member States and five candidate countries, will come to Brussels and tell European institutions just what role they see culture playing in Europe's future. They will brainstorm, debate and vote on three proposals which European institutions will factor into their policy making.
Mr Metzler will work with the students in advance of the March meeting to prepare answers to some key questions concerning the future of European culture:
- What is European culture: is it just the sum of national traditions or are there common values that make us all Europeans?
- What is the role of culture and cultural exchanges in students' lives?
- What can the European Union do to promote culture (cinema, music, dance, literature, theatre, etc.) and better protect cultural heritage sites?
- What role could culture play in the economic rebirth of Europe's regions and cities?
- How can this rebirth give new opportunities to young people in terms of new jobs?
Called "Your Europe, Your Say!" (YEYS), the event is organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the voice of civil society at European level, and is the Committee's flagship event for young people. Through this initiative, the EESC is making sure that the views, experiences and ideas of the younger generation are taken on board in EU policy making.
Arno Metzler has been a member of the EESC since 2002 and he is active within the Various Interests' Group.