Idea #47 from the EYE2018 Report
In order to make the EU more youthful and vibrant, why not encourage young people to stand for election? Low turnout is often a symptom rather than a cause. Some MEPs are hoping to return for their sixth mandate - this gives an image of a dated, out of touch EU which isn’t wholly representative of the society that elects it, particularly of young people. This could be countered by encouraging political groups to create a quota for younger candidates. Furthermore, the European Parliament could create a dedicated committee that focuses on young citizens and the future of the EU. Young people demand to see an EU that shows it cares. This idea was also expressed during the EYE in 2016, suggesting young people still see this as a solution to be properly considered.
1. Why and how would this idea benefit young people?
2. Which groups in society would be impacted by this idea, and how can their different interests be accommodated?
3. What would be the practical steps to implement this idea in your town, your region, your country and/or at the level of the EU?