Who says young people don’t want to get involved? Last year 6,000 young Europeans gathered in Strasbourg for the European Youth Event (EYE) 2014 in order to come up with fresh ideas for a better Europe. Some of the best ideas have now been presented to MEPs by some of the participants.
Over the last few weeks the European Parliament hosted the EYE hearings. Former EYE participants had the opportunity to present the ideas from the event to seven parliamentary committees and receive feedback from European policy makers.
The hearings kicked off on 2 December 2014 with a presentation to the employment and social affairs committee and continued throughout January with presentations to six other committees: constitutional affairs; culture and education; foreign affairs; industry, research and energy; civil liberties, justice and home affairs; and environment, public health and food safety.
The ideas presented touched on several topics that are important to young people, such as the voting age, internet access, recycling, as well as immigration, European values and youth unemployment. The EYE participants also argued in favour of education that better prepared students for the demands of the labour market as well as more support for internships. They also talked about security and foreign affairs issues.