The Group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament is organizing a hybrid event in Palma, Spain, ‘Towards a just Europe shaped by our young people‘May 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..
In a series of citizens’ debates on the conference on the future of Europe, citizens will have the opportunity to find out more and share their ideas on how Europe can better respond to the problems that young people face in their daily lives, such as finding quality jobs and affordable housing, as well as tackling the climate emergency and poverty.
Among the speakers are politicians and leaders, including the President of the Government of the Balearic Islands Francina Armengolhead of the S&D group Iratxe Garcia Perez, Head of the Spanish PSOE delegation to the European Parliament Javier MorenoS&D MEP and President of Young European Socialists Alicia Homs, and Spanish Foreign and EU Minister Jose Manuel Albares.
Participants also include representatives of civil society, including Edouard MagaldiSecretary General of RUGE, ETUC Youth, Dara Turnbull of Housing Europe, Victor Camino of the Young Spanish Socialists, Agatha Meysner of Climate Generation Europe, Andres Conde from Save the Children, and Maria Rodriguez Alcazar of the European Youth Forum.
The event will take place on Thursday, May 26 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Palacio de Congresos, Palma de Mallorca, and will be broadcast live on the S&D Group website. You can register here for in-person participation and contribute to the discussion on our debate platform #Progressives4Europe. Journalists are requested to confirm their participation with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iratxe García, leader of the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament, said:
“The voice of young people must be heard when it comes to shaping the future of Europe. The Conference on the Future of Europe marked an important step in citizen participation. People, and especially young people, have made clear demands: stronger rights for children and young people, decent wages and working conditions, minimum income, stronger social dialogue and collective bargaining, housing affordable childcare, and gender equality. Now is the time to make these proposals a reality, it is time to establish a real social Europe that puts young people at its heart.
Alícia Homs, S&D MEP and President of Young European Socialists, said:
“Too many young people are trapped in a vicious circle of unpaid internships, unemployment and precarious jobs. They depend on their parents for a roof over their heads and a hot meal, cannot move into their own house, start a family and build a bright future. This must change. To enable young people to realize their dreams and their potential, Europe must deliver on its social promise.
“We are fighting to ban unpaid internships because when you work, you should be paid. Everything else is exploitation. We are making concrete progress towards ensuring a decent minimum wage for all Europeans. It’s a scandal that people who work 40 hours a week can’t make ends meet, don’t know how to pay their rent or afford soaring energy and food prices. Childhood deprivation increases the likelihood of experiencing poverty later in life. To break this vicious cycle, we must ensure that all parents earn a living wage and that no child grows up in poverty. One in five children in Europe goes to bed hungry, has no roof over their head, or their parents cannot afford preschool, school supplies or essential medicines. Our initiative, the Child Guarantee, will soon ensure decent housing and adequate food as well as free, quality education, childcare and health care for all children in need.