#EuropeKidsWant: The future of Europe according to young people

  • Youth
  • 04/04/2019
  • BIK Team

The #EuropeKidsWant campaign is an opportunity for children and young people across Europe and beyond to make their voices heard among Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on a variety of topics, via an online survey.

When it comes to Europe's future, children and young people are an essential target audience, first because they have more at stake when it comes to decisions affecting their future, and also because involving them in the decision-making process helps them understand the values underpinning European integration. They are the voters of tomorrow and the change-makers of today.

In these times of intense debates and discussions on the future of the European Union, children and young people can and should express their views on the Europe they want. For this purpose, an online survey, called "the Europe Kids Want", was initiated by UNICEF and Eurochild on Friday, 1 June 2018. It is accessible until Sunday, 30 June 2019 to children of all ages. It is available in 29 languages. No personal data is gathered. Take part in the survey here.

Based on this survey, a delegation of children and young people attended the 20 November 2018 plenary session in the European Parliament (EP), on World Children's Day, to exchange and debate with EU policymakers. The first impressions have been compiled in a brochure, available here.

This event comes after Antonio Tajani, President of the EP, had committed in 2017 to assess progress on children's rights in the EP on a yearly basis.

For more information, visit childrightsmanifesto.eu and follow #EuropeKidsWant on Twitter.


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