No single country can tackle the challenges we face in Europe alone, Parliament President David Sassoli said when meeting young Finns in Helsinki on 5 September.
During discussions with the Finns, Sassoli underlined both the need for a functioning democracy at EU level and the need for EU countries to work together.
Young Finns' vision for Europe
As well as calling for action on climate change, the young civil society representatives questioned Sassoli and the political group leaders on youth participation, values, and the Erasmus+ programme. Sassoli said: “It was very useful to meet young people from Finland and to hear their ideas. They are asking for Europe to be closer to its people and for more resources to better live in and be part of the EU."
Finnish presidency priorities
Sassoli and leaders of the political groups met with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne and his government to discuss the priorities of Finland's six-month Council presidency: sustainable growth, climate change and the EU’s next long-term budget. Speaking to the press following a meeting with Rinne, Sassoli stressed the need for concrete action to tackle climate change and the challenge of migration as well as the rule of law as the EU’s building block.