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During the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, which will include the time of the European elections, our role is not only to actively contribute to the strategic priorities of our Union for the 2019-2024 agenda, but also to safeguard and protect the way our collective interest closely follows our core European values.
 
Furthermore, in the next half a year, we will all witness Brexit coming into being. This remains a challenge for the entire Union, and we will surely attempt to contribute to an effective and fair course of actions.
 
But most importantly, TNL Romania bow has the unique opportunity to stand for a new and more thorough approach regarding the role and status of the younger generation across Europe. We will promote a secure and more predictable integration of young people; and we will advocate for a mobility which is driven solely by choice, and not by social or economic constrains.
 
On this note, youth unemployment is also a very important issue to be tackled, considering that nearly 5 million people below the age of 25, are jobless. The success of the Youth Employment Initiative is vital in order to handle this crucial problem. The economic crisis severely hit the young: at the end of 2017, the youth unemployment rate reached 16.2%.
 

 

After a tumultuous week for UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her government, it appears that only one thing is certain, no one knows which direction Brexit will take next.
 

 

Six percent of Europe’s farmers are under the age of 35, and yet European farmers provide more than 500 million Europeans with high quality, affordable food every year. We need to look at ways to make agriculture more sustainable and to do this we need to find ways to make agriculture more attractive to young people. The reality is that Agriculture is one of the most important sectors of European Industry, and if we do not implement the appropriate measures to make it more sustainable we will not be able to deal with the challenges facing the industry. As someone from Ireland, a traditional farming country and being from a farming background (dairy and beef) I am acutely aware of these challenges and see them in action on a daily basis.

 

 
Fighting back IS; at their home and ours

The latest wave of terrorism, this time in the seat of the European Institutions, should be the final warning for our society and for our governments to respond to the threat of IS collectively and with determination.
 
So far, the citizens have answered proudly and defiantly. Throughout Brussels, people are coming together peacefully, leaving their own messages as an answer to terror, singing and mourning the loss of life with respect. This is what sets us apart from the terrorists, our humane response to tragedy and loss.
 
Our administrations should follow with responsibility, tackling IS decisively while staying away from populist manoeuvres and divisive rhetoric. Terrorists are actually helped in their strategy to radicalise young muslims in Europe by politicians like Donald Trump, who vow to exclude the whole Muslim community from the United States, or when countries proclaim that they will only accept Christian migrants. This helps turn young, desperate adolescents into suicide bombers.
 
An often forgotten characteristic of the terrorist attacks that shook Europe in the past 12 months is that this time they have also come from European nationals. We can choose to close our borders, whether internal or external, but it will not prevent the radicals who hold a European passport of putting these attacks forward.
 

 
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My first visit to Kiev last week – with the Youth of the European People’s Party, to commemorate the second anniversary of the Euromaidan – was marred by what is an inauspicious conclusion: it is political populism that stands tantamount to Russia as the gravest threat to the country’s frail stability. Consciously promoting seemingly anodyne yet practically impossible solutions to complex problems for short-term electoral gain, by exploiting public fear and disaffection, has been the trade of imprudent rulers and politicians alike for centuries. Any Ukrainian policymaker though ought to know better than that: radicalisation and polarisation have unknown limits. The illusion of control can instantaneously turn into loss of control.
 

 
Marine Le Pen

At this difficult time for France and for Europe I cannot help but reflect upon the national motto of the historic French nation.
 
The results of the French elections have sent us a clear message, one that has been repeated throughout the member states. The citizens are tired and disillusioned by mainstream politics, turning to extremes in the hope of a new solution. The consequences are already showing in Greece where the leftist government of Tsipras promised hope, but brought a meltdown instead to an already troubled country and its people.
 
In France things are more worrying. Despite an impressive re-branding and a changed rhetoric by the National Front and its president Marine Le Pen, the leadership remains dangerously extreme. The National Front is fiercely anti-immigrationanti-semitist and xenophobic, taking advantage of the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attacks by the radical extremists of the Islamic State. The answer of Ms Le Pen is to close the borders to most immigrants and ask to restore internal border controls in Europe. Shockingly, in the country that served freedom, democracy and equality, Marine Le Pen wants to bring back the death penalty.
 

 
Juncker-Kyranakis-YEPP

I don’t want to repeat the countless statements about welcoming the new European Commission. The truth is that we are talking about a team of younger, high-level and experienced politicians who said they’re ready to invest in people, create jobs and cut bureaucracy. From the selection of common candidates to the hearings and today’s voting, it was a long democratic journey questioned by many and opposed by a few. But we made it.
 
We, in YEPP, feel very proud to have been part of the election campaign that made Jean-Claude Juncker the first ever elected president of the European Commission. The large majority of EU citizens may not feel it today, but this campaign was the beginning of a more democratic Europe, an important step for a new relationship between the Union and its people.

We expect a lot from the Juncker team. It’s not just about the economy. For us in YEPP, it’s about winning back the trust of Europeans. The new Commissioners will need to do much more than statements and reports on their portfolios. They will need to work with Europeans on the ground, in their countries, in their cities, in their everyday lives if they want citizens to believe that Brussels is not a bureaucratic monster somewhere far away.

 

YEPP stands united for freedom for the last dictatorship of Europe - Belarus. Our delegates during summer school in Lithuania showed their support for the supporters of democracy during a manifestation.
 
Dictator Aliaksandr Lukasjenko got his office on July 20th 1994. Last Sunday it was exactly 20 years ago. He has remained in power due to unfair and unfree elections. Lukashenkos regime continues to violate human rights. We want freedom for Belarusian political parties, for Belarusian press, for Belarusian political prisoners, but first and foremost, freedom for the Belarusian people. We say - 20 years is enough. Europe is destined for democracy. Lukasjenko is destined to fall.
 

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