They hope that Taylor Swift will mobilize the youth vote in Europe

They hope that Taylor Swift will mobilize the youth vote in Europe

Brussels – The vice president for the promotion of the European lifestyle of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, remarked today Wednesday that it is “crucial” to achieve a high youth participation in the European elections and hopes for the collaboration of personalities such as the American singer Taylor Swift to mobilize the vote of young Europeans.

In a press conference, Schinas assured that no one can encourage electoral participation better than young people themselves and, as an example, referred to how Taylor Swift managed to mobilize 35,000 young people in the United States midterm elections through an appeal on their social networks.

”Taylor will be in Europe on May 9 for a concert in Paris, so I hope he does the same for young Europeans and that someone from his team follows this press conference and conveys our request,” encouraged the community vice president.

Likewise, Schinas hoped that young Europeans would become “a wall of democracy” next June against “the wave of populism and hatred that threatens Europe.”

These statements took place at the presentation of the conclusions of the European Year of Youth 2022, a community initiative aimed at highlighting the importance of youth in the future of the EU, and which included more than 13,000 activities in 67 countries around the world. world led by around 2,700 stakeholders. The Community Executive also announced that it will apply “youth control” in the design of community policies through tools such as consultations and impact assessments to ensure that young people have a greater influence on community policy.

The European Commissioner for Innovation, Culture and Education, Iliana Ivanova, explained that the communication identifies five key areas for youth participation: health and well-being; environment and climate change; education and formation; international cooperation and European values, and employment and inclusion.

Within this strategy, Brussels will launch different measures such as political dialogues between young people and European commissioners, “cross-cutting integration” round tables and a platform for continuous exchange with organizations and young researchers. It will also reinforce the EU Dialogue with Youth – the largest community mechanism that promotes the participation of this sector of the population in Europe – to ensure that the perspective of young people is reflected throughout the political agenda. Likewise, the EC will update its quality framework for internships this 2024 with in order to address fair remuneration and access to social protection, as well as promote the development of a joint European degree that certifies having studied at a university that is part of a European alliance.

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