Lors de cette rencontre, la Maison de l'Europe 49 est invitée pour organiser une conférence sur l’Avenir de l’Europe.
La conférence est organisée pour 45 jeunes : 15 français, 15 allemands, 15 polonais, âgés de 16 à 19 ans, la langue d’échange sera principalement l’anglais.
En amont de la conférence les jeunes en résidence choisiront 3 thèmes de la Plateforme sur lesquels nous réfléchirons ensemble sous forme de World Café le samedi 31 juillet.
Event reportConference on the Future of Europe « Europe en Scène » As part of the European project "Europe en scène", Angers hosted a meeting between youth from the Jean-Vilar Centre and from the Lac de Maine Interassociation, and youth from the twin cities of Torun (Poland) and Osnabrück (Germany). During that meeting, the Maison de l’Europe Angers & Maine-et-loire organize the Conference of Future of Europe. Also, 45 young people, aged 16-19, (15 French, 15 German, 15 Polish), exchanged in English about the Future of Europe, in a World Café, and specifically on three topics that they picked beforehand : Topic 1 : health Topic 2 : migration Topic 3 : education, culture, youth, sport They first discussed the importance of the topic, then they made proposals for the Future of Europe, which are gathered hereunder and constitute their contribution to the Conference on the Future of Europe. They will be transmitted to the platform dedicated to the Conference. Topic 1 : Health The young people first defined why the chosen topic was important according to them : because being healthy is essential to live a long and happy life because having a good physical condition is necessary to be able to work and take part in the society because the Covid crisis highlighted how the EU couldn't work on health in extreme situations because health touches everybody Their proposals : Healthcare a universal healthcare system that would guarantee free healthcare for all grant a bigger share of the budget for the healthcare system to carry that out equal rights before healthcare systems everywhere in Europe, regardless of one's age, gender, wealth, … Attach more importance to mental health, particularly in the light of the consequences the Covid crisis has had on it ; treat it as the same level as physical health and talk about it more, promote discussion so it is no longer a taboo topic. For instance : organise instructive campaigns about mental health Medicines should be the last resort concerning mental health : we should prioritise access to therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists to treat the problem at its root, instead of treating the symptoms that resulted from it. Encourage medical studies by reducing the level of the required grades, and thanks to a support from the governments Promoting healthy lifestyles Regulate the selling of certain products that could be dangerous for health (alcohol, cigarettes, …) thanks to awareness campaigns or taxes Promote healthy diets by regulating for instance the amount of fast-food restaurants, or the price of certain products. Organise free workout sessions in city centres (yoga, zumba, running, etc.) Topic 2 : Migration The young people first defined why the chosen topic was important according to them : Because anyone can be affected by immigration, be led to migrate Because many people migrate in unsafe conditions and take risks which is an issue ; that's a topic that implies basic human rights, which are endangered et must therefore be protected Because immigration creates diversity and promotes tolerance, or at least because it should make it possible to promote it towards migrants Because that's a very current topic that is not going to stop anytime soon Their proposals : Asylum and migration Lower taxes for migrants ; for example : for the 3 first years Make immigration easier for those who want to immigrate by reducing the paperwork Integrated border management Regulate, by a cooperation of the EU member States, the amount of migrants hosted by each country, proportionally to the size of the country, its number of inhabitants or its economic situation Deepening international cooperation Promoting peace among third world countries and improving the relations with the countries migrants are from would regulate situations of wars and conflicts, and therefore mass migration : the migrants would only be the ones that want to migrate, and not those that don't have a choice. For example : only conclude trade agreements with countries that accept to cooperate in favour of peace and democracy. Legal migration and integration Create integration programmes between locals and immigrants, and support financially that integration, thanks to, for instance, free language classes, free classes about the immigration process, about the culture of the receiving country, etc. Educate in schools, and everywhere, to instruct the locals and promote acceptance and tolerance ; favour the exchange and sharing of cultures Support/subsidise companies that employ and support migrants Organise trips (like this one) to visit other countries and discover other cultures, exchange with people from other countries Topic 3 : Education, Culture, Youth et sport The young people first defined why the chosen topic was important according to them : Because education plays a huge part of the construction of an individual and helps them find their place in society Because culture and sport bring people together Because education is the key to growth : if you know your past, then you can change your future ; being educated makes you aware of the challenges there are to face For instance : migration, climate change, … Because sport is a good way to take care of yourself Their proposals : Education Make education in Europe more accessible to people from other continents For example : support international students Make the education level the same in all European countries to reduce inequalities Make the school system more attractive to pupils and change their attitude towards school by creating concrete and useful subjects For example : finance classes, classes about the world of work, about taxes, about administration, etc. Provide a better support to pupils ; For example : a more individualised coaching Organise, from a very young age, and regularly, some workshops in schools on topics in which pupils are particularly interested in : support each and everyone's talents and interests, in a personal and individualized way Attach more importance to languages learning, particularly English to allow better communication among Europeans and an easier cultural exchange. Culture Culture should not only be accessible to all individuals, but it must not wait for them to come to it : culture must come to people For instance : a bigger share of the budget should be granted to the promotion of cultural events ; more visits of cultural or historical landmarks should be organised ; culture classes could be organised in schools all over Europe (European art, European history, etc.) Youth Cities and job agencies should give more information about free positions to young people to expand their opportunities Attach more importance to youth's mental health in school and other facilities they may frequent Sport Make sport facilities more attractive for youth thanks to campaigns and by making those facilities accessible and available for free to young people, in every town regardless of their size
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