European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, and EU40, the network of young Members of the European Parliament brought together 50 young Members of Parliament from 14 Member States for a ‘Young Parliament Members European Forum’ at the European Parliament in Brussels between September 29 and October 1, 2015, in order to generate a stronger cooperation between the national Parliaments and the European Parliament but also to tackle some of Europe’s most urgent issues.
Therefore the 1st Young Parliament Members Forum of all the main political groups organised under the high patronage of the European Parliament referred to youth unemployment that has risen to unbearable levels in many Member States during the debt crisis. The new European Investment Plan (EFSI), worth potentially 315 billion euro, could be an opportunity to generate jobs. At the Forum we discussed the possibilities of utilising the EFSI for this purpose and have finalised this two-day session with a press conference, in which different ideas were shared.
EU40 Board Members, MEPs: Victor Negrescu, Brando Benifei, Eva Paunova, Philippe De Backer and Daniel Dalton participated in various sessions which took place during the three days of the Forum which concluded with a press conference, in which different ideas were shared. Also MEPs Anneleen van Bossuyt and Siegfried Muresan contributed as speakers on various panels.
The Forum was visited by key European policy makers involved with the EFSI and the problem of youth unemployment. European Parliament President Martin Schulz, under whose high patronage the event was hosted, addressed the participants on the 30th of September.
The power of the message of 50 decision makers from 14 different countries, united by their young age (under 40) and vision to make a change for the better, is not to be underestimated. We would like to use the forum to create a lasting and active network of young parliament members across the continent, which will have many opportunities for collaboration in the years to come in order to reinforce the mechanisms of inter-parliamentarian collaboration, established through the Lisbon Treaty.
The agenda of the Forum may be consulted at the following link: http://bit.ly/1KOaB68
Media coverage related to the Forum can be accessed at the following at this LINK.