Young people tackle future of Europe

The future of Europe is being discussed by a group of young people from Scotland, the UK and other European countries at an event being held at Scotland House in Brussels on Monday afternoon (13th March 2017).

A group of 12 young Scots and around twenty young people living, studying and working in Brussels will look at how European countries promote human rights, work together on international Security, create opportunities to travel, live, study and work in different countries and collaborate to improve the environment.

The event is being organised by the Scottish Government and Young Scot – Scotland’s citizenship and youth information charity. The group will be joined by The Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell and a representative from the European Commission.

The event will be used to inform work by the Scottish Government as they look to develop partnerships with European countries in the future.  It will also contribute to EU consultations on youth policy and the future of Europe.

People can follow and get involved in the session on twitter using the hashtag #YSEUFuture.

Mr Russell said:

“It is important that young people are given the opportunity to participate in, and influence, national and international activities and decisions especially when these decisions directly affect them. The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that young people are at the heart of decisions which affect them.

“I welcome the engagement that Young Scot has undertaken to meaningfully involve young people in the debate about the future of Europe and what should happen following the result of the EU referendum. I look forward to hearing directly from the young people and discussing issues that are important to them.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “Young people want to have opportunities to experience different countries and cultures. They are keen that whatever the future holds that they can still have the chance to study, live, work or travel in Europe. Monday’s event is great opportunity for young people from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities to examine areas for future collaboration.”