On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights, UNICEF and Eurochild invited young people to the Parliament to discuss the future of young people in the EU.
To me, the EU means democracy, and democracy to me means participation. It's a place where we can all be equal and have our voices heard and our opinions shared. What does the EU mean for young people? That's what the Parliament wanted to find out. On Universal Children's Day, young people from 15 different member states came to the European Parliament to pose questions to a panel of some of the EU's leading experts on children's rights. And I hope that we will be able today, with all of you, to really give you the feeling that you have a voice in shaping your future, the future of the European Union. The EU is collaborating with UNICEF and Eurochild on a project to actively involve children in the future of the EU. What actions have you taken to address the migrant and refugee crisis? What inspired and persuaded you to do your job and fight for equality and children's rights? Can you tell us how a day in the life of a president looks like? EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani announced that the Parliament will now mark Universal Children's Day with a special event every year. This is the beginning of a process: promote debates, promote knowledge, promote learning, promote the possibility to empower you to have a voice, to influence the decision-making process in Europe.