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100 Maltese youths leave for European Youth Event in Strasbourg

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100 Maltese youths leave for European Youth Event in StrasbourgThe European Parliament will open its doors to thousands of young people from all over the EU between the 9th and 11th of May. Around 100 Maltese youths from various organisations, including a group from Gozo, will join their peers from across Europe to meet European decision-makers and speakers with a wide range of professional experience to exchange ideas and perspectives on youth-related issues.

Meeting some of the participants at the airport prior to their departure, Ian Borg, Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds and 2017 Presidency, lauded the initiative. “It will be a great experience for all of you to learn, contribute, and network with other engaged youths like you,” he said.

Dr Borg pointed out that the EU offers a lot of opportunities to young people, and not only in terms of funds. “I am glad to see such a good number of Maltese participants, especially former colleagues of mine coming from local councils.”

Dr Peter Agius, Head of the European Parliament Information Office, said he was delighted that the European Parliament could offer this opportunity to such a big number of youths from all over Europe.

He explained what the main ideas behind the European Youth Event are, namely to give youths the opportunity to share ideas and discuss themes that are relevant to them, in a stimulating setting that is the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

A number of youth organisations were invited to participate. These include NSTF and the League of Young Voters Malta, as well as a group of young local councillors and a group from Gozo. The event will be centered around five thematic areas, which are core issues for the future of young Europeans:

• Youth Unemployment: New perspectives for a blocked generation

• Digital Revolution: The future of the internet

• Future of the European Union: Europe in transition

• Sustainability: New European Lifestyle – Sustainable business and living

• European Values: Global Player or Fair Player?

The EYE 2014 aims to be a unique political and cultural experience with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities during three days. The event will include political debates and workshops with European political decision-makers and high-profile speakers from business and civil society as well as games and idea laboratories for young participants.

In total there will be around 240 activities for the participants to choose from.

More information Web: www.europarl.europa.eu/eye2014 Twitter: @EP_YouthEvent #EYE2014

Mobile app available from Apple and GooglePlay stores: EYE2014

Photo by Francesca Aquilina (iCreatemotion photography)

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