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Europe after the pandemic: what is your vision?

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The COVID-19 crisis has changed our lives and young people have been particularly impacted. The way we work, study, shop, travel, and think of health, relationships and leisure has been profoundly affected. With lock down measures easing, it’s time to look ahead and think about how the “new normal” will impact all the different areas of young people’s lives - and how it should impact policy making in Europe.

  • What are your ideas for the future of young people in Europe after the pandemic?
  • What can the European Parliament and its Members do to support young people in these times?
  • What is the role of young people in Europe’s recovery?

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Angel Kelekoglou
20 February 2021

I believe there needs to be a legislation that forces eu governments to invest ,according to their budget and their needs , on their national health systems. To be more specific , in Greece there has been a borderline insane misuse of federal funds (30 million on corporate press to spread government propaganda, raising the police budget , 30 million on the formation of an unconstitutional police force, 10 billion on military equipment) , funds that could have easily been used to fortify the national health system by hiring more doctors or building the necessary facilities to house severe cases of covid-19. I believe that no government inside the European Union should be allowed to act so irresponsibly towards its citizens and therefore propose the formation of a legal committee that enforces governments to commit the necessary resources on their health and education systems. I find it ridiculous to have so many inconsistencies between European countries and I have come to the conclusion that our humane treatment should be enforced .

Christos Leventis
16 February 2021

I think we should invest in ways to avoid future pandemics. Experts have been warning us for some time but the handling of this pandemic wasn’t ideal. The EU alongside national governments should work and cooperate with experts to make sure next time ( since it is likely there is going to be a next time ) we are much better prepared!

Aitana Garcia
11 February 2021

Según el artículo 14, el que trata sobre:
Que toda persona tiene el derecho a la educación y el acceso a la información profesional y permanente. Entonces según nos comunica el artículo, porque hay una cantidad elevada de niños que no reciben esa educación?
En muchos países no pueden vivir una educación adecuada y con la pandemia conocida como covid-19 también hay una gran dificultad en algunos países para poder comunicarse digitalmente.

Giovanni Iozzo
07 February 2021

Covid-19 has changed our habits and harmed society economically and socially. This crisis particularly has affected young people, who have been forced to follow classes in an alternative and innovative way but unable to fully replace the traditional schooling system.
Urgent measures are needed on the part of the European Parliament in order to guarantee a more peaceful future for the new generations, with the hope of forgetting this bad experience. First of all, in this period, it is necessary to go against the needs of children and stimulate them so that they can continue to be educated. Another way out of this crisis could be to make it easier for young people to enter the world of work.
In my opinion, the new generations have a key role to play in the recovery of Europe, but we must react now and be ready to overcome any other difficulties.

Stefan Sinca
27 January 2021

The European Union is facing a crisis of confidence. The Institutions are far far away from citizens and the feeling is that we are led, not working together for evolution.

The decisional transparency is missing, the leadership is missing and, the most important, communication between citizens and European Institutions is missing.

The leaders are in their world, the citizens in another world. There is no connection between these worlds, there is no communication. European Union need young people who give up technical language and adopt the language of citizens, not the language of institutions.

In the same time, we need to improve the deficit in combating fake news. That’s an EMERGENCY! We don’t need peoples for that, but software algorithms which check all the news from websites that are spreading a lot of fake news and to sound an alarm when something is on. Immediately the fake news needs to be killed with simple words, logical words, not technical or academic language.

I think, the European Union need a `democracy benefits` campaign. It’s important to bring up the crimes of totalitarian regimes and the changes that’s democracy bring them. We need simple examples, from day-to-day life, not concepts. Something like `I can say my opinion now, in the past I didn’t! ` or `I can vote now! ` or `I can travel anywhere, in the pas i was not able to travel! `. This kind of simple examples.

The Democracy is in crises. We need to improve it, but subtle, delicate, without massive campaign like COVID-19 vaccine. Maybe we can use the young influencers for that. But, again, it is very important not to be annoying or stressful, because we don’t want the reverse effect.

All this thing needs to be done with the young people language. The young peoples need to be involved in this, to be induced the idea that they want to do that, that is cool to do that.

Why young people? Because they have `the young people language` and they are involved in social media world and they know how that work and how to spread a message.

If we want the European Union to be fine in the next decade, we need to invest in that, it’s an EMERGENCY!

Federico
21 January 2021

Everyone agree with me, that covid-19 is the worst enemy of humankind of last nfew months, so we are hoping in a vaccine, but actually we must understand that when this pandemic will end, our life will never be able to become again like before. In fact some scientists think that there are nine hundred thousand microorganisms that will be very danger in the next years. For me mask will became, like our smartphone, we will have our mask with us everywhere and everytime.

Federico
21 January 2021

Everyone agree with me, that covid-19 is the worst enemy of humankind of last few months, so we are hoping in a vaccine, but actually we must understand that when this pandemic will end, our life will never be able to become again like before. In fact some scientists think that there are nine hundred thousand microorganisms that will be very danger in the next years. For me mask will became, like our smartphone, we will have our mask with us everywhere and everytime.

James Sanderson
31 December 2020

Hi Constantine, I read your idea!! While I agree with you - the EU has many good aspects and we should continue to improve and help Europe become stronger after the pandemic, there are issues. Your idea to have free healthcare for all, more hospials "so the system doesn' collapose in any kind of crisis" is flawed. Anyone with an understanding of economics knows that free healthcare is unaffordable and unstainable - Europeans should learn to be self-reliant, and not dependent on the state. If we build more hosipals for future health crises - what happens to them during 'easier' times? They lie empty/ underused? That would be a collosal waste of money and resources.

Europe can be a 'Europe of Equals' but if has to be done sensitively to national countries own priorities and not imposed. We can Build Back Better, but not by expanding the State and spending money we don't have. Post-Covid, we should be becoming self-reliant and more focused on self-development - language learning to promote mobility, computer skills for the digital future etc. These are things we as individuals can do and achieve.

That's just my own opinion anyway - but I agree with you, Europe is a force for positive change! But we can't rely on the EU for everything.

Rebeca Casado
19 August 2020

I believe that the young generation of EU citizens will have a challenging future, but I also believe that we can develop much more advanced capabilities. We can create many more jobs that do not require that all staff be transferred to a workplace, we can generate working days of 3 to 4 days a week with the right to work online. That can be cheaper and healthier for all of us.
From my point of view we would create a higher performance and probably a more professional job.

Louisa V
06 July 2020

Could you post any of these studies here? :) Thanks!

Constantine-Peter Martzaklis
24 June 2020

I don't wanna waste your time. You're asking what's my vision about EU. I think is the greatest thing going on in the world right now. I believe in Europe, we can make it, in our distinctive way. We don't take human lifes for granted and we proved it. It was a considerable crisis but we make it. Now we have to prepare. This situation showed us how unpredictable the future can be. Although, that does not mean that we can't be ready for what ever comes next. I am talking about the field of medicine. So what my vision is? Free healthcare for everyone, thus no life will be lost without a fight, and most importantly more hospitals and people, so the systems doesn't collapse in any kind of crisis. I want a Europe of equals. We are not there yet, but I have faith, because I need to! Every European citizen should live with dignity an if you ask me, many people in the south has lost his "privilege" for a long time.

Georgia Vasileiou
10 June 2020

The Covid-19 crisis brought in the surface many of the issues that the Union already had. The economic crisis that follows this pandemic sets back the already struggling young people, who just managed to get a light of hope after the 2008 economic recession. Many of the issues can be found in all of the state-members such as youth unemployment, housing (rents are disproportionate with salary), lack of realistic minimum wage, lack of professional opportunities. It is clear that we are growing to be a generation marked by anxiety, insecurity, health issues and no saving accounts. It would be extremely intelligent if the EU could find a way to battle these problems- along with all other major issues like climate change and racism- by utilising the young professionals that are career-driven and longing for a meaningful job that provides for them the security that previous generations enjoyed. Maybe this recent crisis could be a great opportunity for revolutionary policy changes that address all the current issues. This way the Union could become more contemporary, more relatable and create the unity that needs be achieved between all state-members.

The youth is here, it is educated and ready to start working to get the world out of the crisis and into a better future.

Eoin Reid
09 June 2020

As lockdown measures begin to ease I know myself and alot of young people have felt very trapped and isolated over the past few months, and as countries begin to open and adjust to the new normal I feel as though our desire to travel around Europe and explore and experience it more has only been invigorated as we have learned that we took our oppurtunities to travel so easily and experience more than just where you live for granted.

One barrier to this however may be the lack of finance available and the financial hardship for young people to act on this desire as the looming recession comes and unemployment levels begi to rise.

One of my purposals would be in favour of extending the Discover EU pass to all 18 years old instead of a select few, or perhaps a scholarship scheme for all young people,perhaps 18 - 24, where you could apply for a full or part scholarship towards your travels around Europe.

I feel there is no better way to strengthen the bond, particularlly at this difficult time,between the different EU countries, cultures and people than to experience them first hand.

Felice Giuseppe Rita Lana
08 June 2020

I think that in this period of social crisis is very important the role of young people and the european parliament could approve some law about the work, specially for the pension age that i think can be drop so older worker could be safe and younger people could have more work possibility. In my opinion this could be an interesting idea for rising the european economy.
Lana Felice Giuseppe Rita

Pablo
04 June 2020

My idea comes in the line of the European regions, which include parts of different states.

I am from Galicia, in the northwest of Spain and the relation of my land with the north of Portugal is very strong, both culturally and economically. However, in these coronavirus crises, the border between Portugal and Spain is closed, even though neither Galicia nor northern Portugal were regions affected by the Coronavirus which cause a big economic impact in both regions.

In the long run, my proposal is the integration of regions that, for historical reasons, are part of different states, but that united could be an engine of economic growth and prosperity. This idea is in line with the notion of Europe as one state and the destruction of nation-states.

Jo Bothmer
31 May 2020

What I noticed is that the Ep is using Facebook for its messages and video meetings. EYE, in the opninion of the European Anti Poverty Network Netehrlands (www.eapnned.nl) could be THE place to involve young people in starting an EU websystem for use for the EP, the EC and the MS. That would be great and is an expression of the R&D policy of the European Commission. So, when does this start?

Sanna
29 May 2020

In my country they say 'onbekend maakt onbehind', or in English: if you don't know something, you don't like it. I think that's the same reason why, in my country, a lot of people have stereotypes about certain countries. They've never befriended someone from said country, so there has never been a reason for them to 'check' their stereotypes. Building on that, my suggestion would be to connect younger people through vlogs, specifically in a school-context. If you would match up schools from different countries, you could make it an education and fun program, with kids having to make their own vlogs showing their daily school life and than sharing this. Their teachers could provide a translation in English to go with the vlog, tell the children something about the country and perhaps there could be a possibility for a penpal (e-mail) to go along with this.

Oprea Alina Alexandra
29 May 2020

Europe means the people that embrace and express the same European ideas, values and ways of living .
It is truth that the Covid -19 pandemic left us in the position to rebuild ,because development comes from communication, health security and environment protection. People start to feel better because the time of pandemic confinement is over.
As a European artist and song writer, my question and my enquiry is on the subject of European Programs that help to develop ideas and art project .My best greetings to all .

Ella Oelbrandt
28 May 2020

Today's youth are the future's workforces. If anything the European Union can do for us now, it's to make shure we are being heard, that our dreams should not be tempered (and that we should get support where necessary whether it's art or sports or caring). The EU can do this buy making their initiatives popular and known, because a lot of youngsters don't know what the possibilities are. Schools can teach about these things, give flyers, show videos during classes, ...

William Kennedy
28 May 2020

Disagree. All serious studies undertaken on UBI have shown it’s not sustainable or even possible, especially not in the short term.

It’s not competitive, and will not help us stand up to economies that don’t share our values. We should work with pride in the freedoms we already have, knowing only a strong economy allows us to spread and maintain these freedoms.

William Kennedy
28 May 2020

We should resist the authoritarian encroachment, focusing less on quick business deals and cheap imports and instead on sustainable solutions for the promotion of democracy and values-based trade and alliances.

Hong Kong’s autonomy is the first clear victim of encroaching authoritarianism, and we should welcome Hong Kong migrants to Europe, both to strengthen our own participation in democracy and civil rights (for which Hong Kongers could share their passion), and also to provide Europe with a population that understands China, which will help us to formulate policy and China strategy.

We should further support Taiwan and other free and open societies. Covid 19 has shown that blind consumerism is not necessary for many, and it would be good to reintroduce some values to how we deal with authoritarian states, while promoting economies that align with our values.

Gabriela
26 May 2020

Hi, I am from Bulgaria. I am sorry my english isn't very good. Here, in Bulgaria, the COVID 19 scared us. There aren't many affected people. The politics start to open everything- hotels, museum, bars, cafes, restaurants and many more.
I am 16 yaers old and I think that young people are those that can help people to understand the virus better. We can explain the things more carefully to older. Also we can help the people to keep their hope for better future.
The economy is at very bad position. The young people have a better and modern ideas and I think we must to listeen their idaes and follow them.
European Parliament should help to young people with their work in schools and universities. The pandemic made a learning harder. Understanding between school institutions and students is very important.
Also, the online videos, speeches from young people to the world are very good idea to lift people's spirits.
I hope everything gets better soon. Stay home, keep a distance, try to explain to your family that it a big problem but they shouldn't be afraid if they follow the rules. If you think today, tomorrow will be better. Sending love and greetings to all the citizens of Europe. We are together in this.

Giorgio A. Sciara
26 May 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has put the European Union in front of its weaknesses and showed the need to reform its institutions and competences.
The lack of unity in the first phase of the infection has increased the eurosceptic sentiment across the citizens of the most hit countries (Italy and Spain first); we must regain the popular consent around the European project but to obtain this we have to be sure that the EU will be near to our people trough concrete aids and solidarity.

The European Recovery Fund should be financed by Eurobonds (common debt) which will unite the national economies even more; this debt would be repaid thanks to European taxes (Web tax, Carbon tax...) which would also become the first core of a European Union's own budget, independent of single states contributes.

Another important issue is the reform of the European institutions: the Council of the European Union has shown its incapacity of deciding in quick times due to the divisions between the European states, in light of this facts it's important to abolish the unanimity system and transfer the legislative power entirely to the European Parliament, giving the right of initiative to the EMPs.

The post-pandemic world will see an high polarisation between USA and China; the European Union must avoid divisions inside Europe and the only way to do this is trough the construction of an European army and a common foreign policy, both directed by the European Commission.

To surge stronger from this terrible pandemic we must unite in our diversity!

Mór
26 May 2020

I wish there would be marriage equality in all EU countries, so I could marry the one I fell in love with, adopt a kid (together, both of us as parents), and have a family together (for example in Hungary we can't have that). Also a law that guarantees all EU citizens their right to change their name and sex whichever EU country they are in. That would be good. You know, just basic human rights would be really good.

Dani
26 May 2020

Nowadays, young people should be considered as the moving power of society. We should teach our children as building the future which may not be as calm as we wanted to be. Considering the COVID-19 crisis we should plan our actions in even more dangerous situations( such as illnesses). I think that school programs should teach children how to mentally take such critical situations and how to act in one, what are the social boundaries that we should respect, what should we do to prevent ourselves. On the other hand, I suggest that EU should support young people( above 18years old) which want to help during such rough times. Also, Not only EU but the whole world should invent a method of keeping our life and economics vivid during pandemic in order to avoid the bankruptcy of small businesses, because all of that has an enormous impact on young people who want to build their future in different business and markets. For instance all people who want to study abroad were in extremely difficult situation during the pandemic. Which has caused a lot of problems which people were not able to avoid. EU should establish the communication between countries.
Moreover, In my opinion EU should invent a new way to encourage young people to help in crisis times. It may create a new professional teams for help and teach them how to be useful and how to act in beneficial way .

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