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01-12-2021

EPAS students’ contribution to the Conference on the Future of Europe

Students from four secondary schools across Ireland shared their ideas on the future of Europe at an event on 12 November. The schools are all taking part in the 2021-2022 European Parliament Ambassador School Programme, a network of secondary and vocational schools across the EU where students learn about European parliamentary democracy and European citizenship values.

The event was organised by the Wheel and the European Commission Representation in Ireland in the context of the EU's Conference on the Future of Europe, a year-long consultation by the EU giving the opportunity for European citizens to share their ideas and vision for the future of Europe.

Having first heard from the Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne TD via video message, student representatives from each school took the floor to outline their ideas of what Europe could do in the areas of climate change, migration, health, education, culture and inclusivity and much more.

The schools who took part on the day were:  

  • Dunshaughlin Community College, Co. Meath
  • Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy, Co. Cork
  • Maynooth Post Primary School, Co. Kildare
  • Stepaside Educate Together Secondary School, Dublin

The event was also attended by St Leo’s College Carlow and Loreto College Cavan, with the latter submitting their own presentation after the event.

The full report can be accessed below.

Background

The aim of the Conference of Europe is to give citizens a greater role in shaping EU policies and ambitions, improving the Union’s resilience to crises, be it economic or health-related.  This is done via an innovative Multilingual Digital Platform where all Europeans can share ideas around the issues that matter to them and affect their everyday lives, and via national and European Citizens' Panels.