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Why Europe Matters...

  • Why Europe Matters is a campaign based on a combination of innovation workshops and a survey exploring young Europeans’ views about Europe and the EU, their education and employment, and their hopes and expectations for the future.
  • The survey opened on 1 September 2017 and will close on 31 December 2017
  • A dedicated team of researchers from the Eastern Norwegian Research Institute will analyse inputs and draw conclusions from them.
  • The work is funded by the ‘Why Europe Matters’ consortium, whose members can be found here, for which JA Europe and the European Round Table of Industrialists  act as the secretariat.
  • Our aim is to secure responses from 10,000 Europeans aged between 16 and 25 years.
  • In conjunction with the survey, nine national JA organisations in Europe will host a series of innovation workshops to shed light on what matters to European youth.
  • In March 2018 policymakers will be presented with the key conclusions in the form of recommendations for an action-oriented agenda at a conference in Brussels.

Latest News

March 12, 2018

A new North-South dialogue? ‘Why Europe Matters’ workshops in Finland and Greece

Young Europeans in Finland and Greece debate policy initiatives to create a resilient and innovative Europe. Policy ideas for the better integration of refugees and to promote an app to help young Europeans address the challenge of social exclusion were the winning proposals selected by juries in Finland and Greece. The jurors were assessing the work of 17 teams participating…
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February 7, 2018

Fresh thinking from workshops in France and Germany

French and German students propose policy innovations whilst developing their own business skill sets. “Europe means team spirit, solidarity and freedom – and the chance to travel, live and work anywhere in Europe.” So said two students from Germany’s Gymnasium St Christopherus in Werne. They were participants in the ninth and last workshop, part of the ‘Why Europe Matters’ campaign…
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Why Europe Matters workshop JA Portugal
January 16, 2018

“Europe really matters for our futures” say Portuguese students

Seventy students attending a workshop in Porto last month agreed that the European dimension really mattered to them now and as they plan their futures. For their own education and employment prospects, for the protection of the environment and in so many other ways, they saw the European Union as support, stimulus, and guide for decisions taken at national level.…
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December 22, 2017

Portuguese students challenged to present solutions to European issues

Under the auspices of the “Why Europe Matters” initiative, around 70 young students aged between 16 and 25 took part in a challenge set by the European Round Table of Industrialists together with Junior Achievement Portugal. It was with enthusiasm and sense of responsibility that our team of volunteers embraced the mission to discuss the future of Europe among the…
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December 8, 2017

Students say “Why Europe Matters” to them

During November 150 students from 26 schools brainstormed in workshops in three Member States to come up with answers to some of Europe’s most intractable questions. How can we improve domestic waste recycling rates? Students in Spain thought that the best recyclers should be rewarded with discounted prices on new goods. How can Europe attract high quality investment from major…
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November 2, 2017

Why Europe Matters: Young Bulgarians speak out

Ask students how to make Europe a better place and what do they come up with? Innovative ideas addressing not only the issues that matter most to young people but also the challenges confronting the communities in which they live. These were outcomes of a recent event hosted by Varna’s University of Economics. Varna is the third largest city in…
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