EYE 2020 ends next week with a vibrant online programme

More than 13.000 young people had registered for the event, but the web streaming allows involving a wider audience

Photo: EP David Sassoli.

The next week will be the last for this year’s European Youth Event (EYE2020), presented by the EP in a special online edition. The EYE is engaging young people with high-level politicians, experts and influencers and discuss on different pressing for the EU topics, including the Covid-19 crisis.

We strive to find opportunities even in difficult times, EP President David Sassoli, said commenting on the event. “The EYE online is taking the initiative to the next level by allowing even more young people from Europe and beyond to engage in the democratic debate and voice their ideas for the future of Europe. The EYE has become even more accessible and inclusive for all,” he pointed out.

Due to the pandemic, this year the Chamber will not be packed with young people who usually occupied the seats of MEPs, but virtually they could meet and exchange views with experts, decision-makers, activists and influencers. EYE addresses as well issues such as labour market perspectives for young people after Covid-19, distance learning, contact tracing, mobility, climate, young people’s social inclusion, vaccination and access to healthcare, among many others.

During the final week, participants will be able to debate with high-level speakers such as EP President Sassoli (Friday, 3.30pm), EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius (Friday, 2pm), EP Vice-presidents Katarina Barley and Othmar Karas (Monday, 11.30 am), as well as several EU Commissioners and MEPs. On Wednesday morning, at 9:30, they can ask ECB President Christine Lagarde on the European Central Bank’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and many other questions.

This EYE edition aims to respond to the expectations of more than 13.000 young people who had registered for the event in May, but also enables the participation of a wider audience. So far, the activities have received more than 500.000 views. All discussions are streamed on the EYE Facebook page.

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