Mairead McGuinness, MEP & Vice President of the European Parliament launches new European information hub for young people in Ireland.
SpunOut.ie is an Irish youth information website by young people, for young people. It is well established and well known to many young people.
On Friday 15 January SpunOut launched an EU Parliament information hub for young people with funding provided by the European Parliament and in partnership with The Wheel. The hub contains articles and videos about the Parliament, explaining its role in the European Union institution architecture, the role of MEPs and how the European legislative process works.
Speaking at the event European Parliament Vice-President Mairead McGuinness said "The European Parliament, as the only directly-elected EU institution, wants to engage with young Europeans. The SpunOut European Parliament Information Hub will aim to inform and interest young people in EU affairs.
"We want to hear the views of young adults and one of the best ways our citizens can have their say is by voting. Ahead of the 2014 European elections, 64 percent of all 18-24 year olds surveyed said they would vote in the elections, yet the lowest voter turnout recorded was in that young adult age group. I want to see better interaction with our youngest adults..."
An animated video entitled “How The European Parliament Works” clearly explains how the European Parliament works alongside the other EU institutions, and what its functions are.
For the series of videos entitled “Inside the Parliament’ SpunOut.ie travelled to Brussels and Strasbourg to film Irish MEPs and staffers at work and hear about issues they are working on. We also talk to NGOs and European Parliament staff about their thoughts and views on a range of different topics.
SpunOut.ie will also publish weekly news articles in the hub, about the activities of the parliament. The site will also feature opinion pieces written by Irish young people with their views on the issues being discussed at plenary sessions and committees. The information is written in plain English and will be a useful resource for students, teachers, and anyone who wants to understand the work of the European Parliament.
MEP Lynn Boylan said "I commend Spun Out for this initiative to provide a European Hub of information for young people, delivered by young people. Young people are increasingly feeling disconnected from the political process and nowhere is this more apparent than on EU issues. This European Hub of information will help equip young people with the knowledge to confidently challenge issues important to them such as gender equality and racism which are often affected by European policy. I hope excellent initiatives such as this one by Spun Out help turn the tide of disengagement contribute to young people positively engaging in EU decision making and make their voices heard."
Also speaking at the launch event were Lynn Boylan, MEP and Orla Murphy, UN Youth Delegate for Ireland 2015/16.
For more information and to check out the hub, articles and videos Visit www.SpunOut.ie/europe