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YEPs workshop "Building resilient and inclusive communities"
On 17, 18 and 23 November the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) organised the Forum "Young Local Leaders for the Future of Europe". The participants of the Young Elected Politicians (YEPs) Programme of the CoR gathered together to work on a set of recommendations to better meet the needs of the local and regional communities and present the views of young local leaders on four main topics: how to build a more resilient and inclusive European society, how to boost the digital transformation, how to foster a lively local democracy for a healthy European democracy, how to ensure a better access of the young people to jobs and education opportunities.
Four workshops were organised on the four themes mentioned above. The workshop "Building resilient and inclusive communities" has seen YEPs working on five main recommendations to build resilient and inclusive communities in Europe. The recommendations are available in the report section below and on the CoR webpage: https://cor.europa.eu/en/yep.go
The recommendations will be handed over to the CoR political assembly in the framework of the CoR work on the Conference on the Future of Europe and on the 2022 European Year of Youth.
Event reportPlease find below the five recommendations on how to build a resilient and inclusive European society: 1. We call upon the EU to provide a framework for empowering citizens by enhancing education processes and providing accessible and credible information to help them find sustainable solutions for their individual life situations – particularly for young people and vulnerable groups. 2. We recommend the implementation of fair European-level taxation policies for companies, to strongly encourage them to take more sustainable approaches. 3. We recommend that EU decision-makers take account of the different starting points within Member States and their regions (energy mix) when shaping green transformation policies using the Social Climate Fund. 4. We call upon the EU to encourage Member States to look into how taxation policies, at European, national and local level, can encourage the spread of more sustainable approaches in all daily activities (e.g. avoiding double taxation of products). 5. We call upon the EU to encourage Member States to establish participatory processes at local and regional level to decide on priorities for resilience building that fit the specific characteristics of different regions. We call on the European Union to concretely involve EU mayors and local and regional representatives in debates and decisions that regard municipalities.
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