On 30 and 31 March, 100 students
and 39 teachers from all 28 EU Member States and the five EU candidate
countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,
Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) met at the European Economic and Social
Committee (EESC) in Brussels for Your Europe, Your Say! 2017.
This year’s theme was Europe@60: Where to next? In a series of
workshops, the young participants proposed, debated and fine-tuned a
range of ideas on the future of Europe.
In the final plenary session, the young participants presented their
recommendations on the future of Europe and voted for the three they
judged to be the most important for future European policies.
The following three recommendations received the most votes of the ten:
- Reduce food waste to help the impoverished and promote sustainability;
- Combat nationalism through interactive education and an internationally agreed history curriculum;
- Increase political interest in Europe by tapping the potential of
social media and education, introducing attractive content (e.g.
animations) and a Europe day for schools.
A video on this year’s Your Europe, Your Say! has been produced. A photo gallery is also available.