Young Europeans think the Union does not listen to them

Young Europeans think the Union does not listen to them


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The European Economic and Social Committee and its Diversity Europe Group presented the first results of a study at a major event in Brussels on 15 May. The study is named “Youngsters and the EU – Perceptions, Knowledge and Expectations”, and aims to investigate how 14-18 year-olds enrolled in schools perceive the EU, their knowledge on the EU, their expectations and how open they are to European diversity.
The results show that young Europeans think that belonging to the EU benefits them directly and are keen to learn other languages, explore other cultures, and have friends of other EU nationalities. However, they tend to think that the EU does not listen enough to their opinions face to face. To tackle this, the development of new educational tools with regard to the EU is proposed.
The study ends with the conclusion that we need to capitalize on our young generations and listen to them, at both national and European level.

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