Debate with Young Leaders in Banská Bystrica
On 24 February, the Centre for European Affairs organized a public debate with students of the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.
Before the event a workshop was organized where students discussed the three pillars for a New Pact for Europe as presented in the second report of the project: Enabling Union, Supportive Union and Participatory Union. The workshop outcomes were presented in discussion with Janis Emmanouilidis, a member of the Reflection Group of the New Pact for Europe project.
Participants at the discussion mentioned decreasing competitiveness and socio-economic divisions as key challenges for the Enabling Union. Youth unemployment was also mentioned as another crucial issue to be tackled and participants also states that reforms should be made in order to make education system more responsive to the job market.
The students mentioned the increasing supported gained by Eurosceptic parties and underlined that there is a need for better protection of social, human and civil rights in the EU. They also stressed the importance of economic competitiveness.
One solution to increase the legitimacy and involvement of EU citizens in European affairs could be better coverage of European affairs in the media and introducing more EU topics into school curricula.