By Caroline Jenner, CEO at JA Europe.
We read about how important young people are to Europe’s future but how often do we actually bother to ask them what they want? Too often young people’s views are assumed or – worse – taken for granted.
A survey sponsored by JA Europe and the European Round Table of Industrialists will change that.
We are inviting young people to work with us online to produce a well-focused picture of their vision, concerns, and ideas about Europe.
We aim to generate data from 10,000 responses and we are working with a research institute to summarise and analyse these inputs.
This is not a drily academic piece of work. Our objective is to effect change. So we need to develop recommendations for policymakers.
We will do this by hosting innovation workshops in which young Europeans will debate the survey results. So far nine national JA organisations in as many EU member states have committed to participate.
Nine EU member states – from Bulgaria and Portugal to Finland and many in between – will host these workshops. Participants will aim to present the key conclusions in the form of recommendations for an action-oriented agenda at a conference in Brussels scheduled for March 2018.
Are you a young European? If so, we want to hear from you. Access the survey at http://www.whyeuropematters.eu/survey/ It is open now and closes at the end of December.
You could win a place at the JA Alumni Europe ‘Create’ conference in Tallinn from 29 August to 2 September 2018.
You will also play a part in trying to shape EU policymakers’ agenda.