The European Union - long-term champion of peace and prosperity - has been out of form and punching below its weight for some years.

 

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What should the young generation place at the top of the agenda and push forward?

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The ongoing economic and social crisis in Europe has brought thousands of young people to the brink of social exclusion, anti-social behavior and total rejection of politics and the European Union. The problems of young people are pretty much common in all EU countries, but with a varying intensity and depth from country to country. The so-called Millennials Generation, which have a privileged relationship with technology, reject the old-fashioned forms of participation and socialization, and are more expressed through social media tools. Given the fact that today's young people are the most educated and higly qualified generation of European citizens, they are the first generation to live in worse conditions than their parents. A social Europe should address these challaneges and produce an inclusive-for-all EU in order to continue sustainably in the future. The major steps for activating again the youth generation comes from the local level, where the civil society and the local stakeholders should try to construct a framework that has the following characteristics: - help young people stay in the active social fabric - has a clear European direction in solving the problems - create the conditions for positive social interventions
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We can all hopefully agree the European Youth Event is a useful process for consulting the youth of Europe and provide our institutions with some new ideas. I say that it's time to take it further. Many municipalities, schools and organisations have some kind of a permanent youth parliament or board, with the explicit purpose of representing the youth in the actual decision making body. The actual powers of these youth representatives range from the right to speak as a representative of the youth in the parliament or in the various committees, powers to present their own proposals to the parliament and in same instances even the right to vote in the parliament. I don't suggest we create a parallel decision making body to the European Parliament, but an advisory body with the rights to observe and speak at parliament meetings and the various committees, could provide the EP with some insights from the next generation, and the youth a clear institution to refer to in all instances.
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The European youth should actively take part in the fight towards bridging the existent digital divides. Less than 20% of Computer Science students are female and even those women who decide to pursue a tech career often leave early due to the industry’s culture. Studies show that of all the IT employees in Europe only 30% are women and only 9% of mobile applications in Europe are built by them. Even though technology affects more and more sides of our lives, women remain mostly consumers and not creators of technological products. This disparity hurts firstly women since they lose the chance to work in a well-paid and fast-growing field with plenty job vacancies (900.000 in Europe until 2020). It is remarkable that besides the high unemployment rates, job offers in IT augment rapidly but there is no talent to sufficiently fill the shortage. Moreover, this is negative for the technology industry itself, since it loses the perspective of its half consuming audience. There is no doubt that if women brought their view to the table, the technological products would be more efficient. In a larger scale, it also harms the financial progress and technological innovation, since research suggests that gender diversity leads to better decision making, increases creativity and enhances performance within companies. Apart from their effect on women, digital divides exist in other forms as well. Residents of remote or rural areas for instance usually have less connectivity and web accessibility compared to those in urban centres, which prohibits them from accessing adequate digital training. But even in cases where the ‘digital pathways’ are in place, the lack of relevant knowledge implies that these residents will not be able to harness their full potential. Within the context of geography, although Nordic countries offer illustrating examples on how technology can be adopted nationwide, Mediterranean counties rank very low on relevant metrics, hence we can talk of a North-South digital divide in Europe. Without digital skills, those less-educated, disabled or elderly of our populations are also falling behind in terms of societal inclusion and everyday transactions (only 10% of those over the age of 64 use the Internet in Europe). Just imagine the difference that advanced digital skills could have in the employability of a disabled person. On the other hand, online abuse, virtual hate speech and exploitation of personal data are indicatively some of the phenomena occurring when citizens are not equipped with the necessary digital literacy. Technology permeates our lives increasing both opportunities and threats and a digital skills deficit is undoubtedly nurturing the latter. Regardless their residence, Europeans should have access to equal opportunities, in order to claim their digital citizenship. We are a generation that has grown up with technology and we should capitalize on our identity as digital natives in order to build more (e-)inclusive societies. To that aim, we need not only raise more awareness regarding the importance of digital skills but also make it a priority in terms of policy-making. By demanding more funding for these issues and asking for better regulation aiming at a digital single market, I am confident that it is a feasible goal, which will spur growth on many levels.

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I am a strong believer in international and intergovernmental institutions such as the European Union. Following Brexit, there are been discrepancies about the efficiency of the EU and why such institution exists and if there will soon be the European Disunion. What has to be done is to include the studies of the EU and intergovernmental organizations in an early age at schools when youths begin to think (like in high school). This does not mean to add a difficult curriculum but a general and realistic view of the greatness of the Unity message the EU advocates for and also its flaws, so as to avoid ignorance in a way that youth begin to make sense of the world, and not depend on bias media and fake news. The problem is if you do not have an interest in International relations by yourself, you generally do not get to understand the EU at an early age, hence I highly suggest every young person educating themselves about this institution and other ones (eg. UN). This way with analytical and critical thinking, you can create your own point of view and your stand of important issues facing our society and international politics. And please don’t confuse politics with policies. In short, the EU was created to unite the European nations after WWII and create a peaceful life for its citizens. In order to ensure its efficiency, there are four key institutions in the EU - the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the Court of Justice. How these institutions work is quite complex to understand at first (thus teaching it is crucial), but the main idea includes ensuring economic growth, free movement, human development, sustainability, job creation and so on for its citizens. There are many projects undertaken by each commission, and you as a youth should be participative in this projects and voting in the elections, like 2019 European elections. You might feel far away from the work of the EU, but you are closer than you think. I am sure you are at least familiar with ERASMUS, well this is one of the biggest youth programs that has changed many lives and uniting youths from all over Europe. There are many complex topics regarding the EU, but the truth of the matter is “important issues must be resolved by debating, patient and determination”. This is how we find solutions. So, let’s remember the European union’s achievements and that reaching this point where peace and educational opportunities have become the norm has come a long way, whereas there were times when it was a mere dream. The EU still has its flaws but knowing them and readiness to work on them is the key.

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Young people should show the whole EU that there can be no real humanity in Europe if we continue with barbaric murders of innocent unborn children and with torture of animals kept in terrible conditions in "scientific" laboratories or in cages in giant farm buildings. How can we think that it is normal to protect people only when they specifically old enough? How is it possible to think that we can kill unborn people, even though everyone knows that they have its own DNA (and therefore they can not be pecieved as part of someone else body)? Almost no one knows that in third week after conception their hearts start to beat already (https://www.babyonline.cz/vyvoj-miminka/treti-tyden), yet too many people would kill those children without mercy. In 21th century, when we proclaim that life is the value number one. Unbelievable... Concering animals, they also deserve dignity. They also have the right to be protected against mistreatment and against dreadful behavior from pervert "scientists" who want to test their drugs on them... Or do you honestly think that murder and torture is OK in recent Europe?
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Let's be clear young people should be politicians now, we are not the future, we are ready now and we should be fighting for more representation of young people. We need a common age of candidacy for european elections whilst in most countries you can stand when 18 some place oyu have to be 21 some even 24 which is ridiculous.

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Our generation, the one that is enjoying its young twenties and that, in 2019, is going to be called to vote for the first time its (sole pan-)European Parliament, is the first generation that has grown up in a world that we also know by the name "EU". Our lives have been are marked by the common union, by all of its benefits and the challenges it seems to have entailed. Although Europe's youth does hardly know any reality that is different from today, from EU and no-borders between formerly enclosed countries, there is a considerable number of young Europeans in favour of parties and movements that claim the turning back of European Integration, e.g. the electorship of the Front National in France. I'm afraid that, far too often, we take for granted (this includes the young, but also the elder European generations) what had to be achieved through a long and arduous process of approach. I refuse to give up what has its undeniable faults, I'm far from idealizing the European Union which, lacking of a social security union for all European citizens, struggles to promote equality for all Europeans regardless of their nationality, but I cannot either deny the benefits it has generated to all of us: peace, understanding of each other (which goes beyond usual political deplomacy), wealth and the opportunities to discover this continent and its cultures. In order to improve our lives, we will need equal share of what is being produced in a value creation chain linking whole Europe (economically we seem to live together, whereas socially still apart), common ideas and initiatives for the challenges that we are facing as a continent (immigration, security (?), economic stability, educational equality conditioning opportunity equality; it is not meant to impose the same education on everyone, but you should not need to depend on your social origin, e.g. on your parents being able to support your learning; deprived childrens may need further promotion and personal support in order to ease their education), but the autonomy in deciding on issues regarding certain regions which nowadays might be still decided on a national level. I'm referring to Ulrike Guérot's (political scientist at the University of Krems) notion of the EUROPEAN REPUBLIC, which consists in a new common pan-European home for the cultures built from below. Equal citizens with different cultural heritage sharing one system to sustain and enrich each other. It might seem utopian, she is justly calling it utopia, but utopian refers to future, not to the impossible. As the European Republic will be based on the conviction that, it is the most advantageous to its citizens, we, thus our generation in particular, needs to dare to dream! It is possible if it's wanted, why shouldn't we wanted? Because of diffuse fears of cultural loss or archaic national egoisms? The European Republic aims at care for the individual cultures enriching the European continent enabling regional autodetermination. The nation-states can't serve better than the European Union could; and who claims for national identities should be aware that those are created amalgams that once lead to hostility and war. Our generation should assume the task to stand up for the community we know and grew up in, envisage its potential and share the idea of the European Republic so that it gains further citizens' convinced approval. Get to know the European Republic!

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Without solidarity within the young generation, there won’t be much being achieved in Europe’s joint future. What we need is a solid basis; one common aim that covers the ideas and ideals of young Europeans like a dome covers the precious content of a snow globe. Once the young Europeans unquestionably feel “united in diversity”-that the original image of a United States of Europe is the ultimate way of defining one another- we can move forward in a much more efficient way because of identification. After that, urgent matters such as a joint handling of the refugee emergency, reprogramming of the monetary union and common labour market, equalisation of ALL identification groups, climate protection and the construction of a sustainable energy collective throughout the EU and further beyond, can be tackled effectively. If we start to think as a collectivist young peoples society, issues like self-distrust and self-hatred inside the Union will vanish and the continent will again act out of mutual self-assurance.
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Our new generation must push this world forward with more intellectual goals and focusing on education these are more important as role as we are young, modernizing this season with full ideas and motivation for promoting youth.
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