da vari anni la SIES A.Spinelli
partecipa con una delegazione di suoi studenti
alle sezioni del EEYP
e ultimamente del EEY
This year's session of the
'Erasmian European Youth Parliament' (EEYP)
will be held in ROTTERDAM
in February 14/20
Meet the Boss
Press Conference and General Assembly
LUDOVICA ARVIGO - CHIARA CASTELLANO - LORENZO CEPPODOMO (chairman) - IRENE DE CHIARA - MARTA FOSSATI - RACHEL NOACH (chairwoman) - ROSSELA RODIO - LUCREZIA RUBINI
About the State of the European Union
Rich and Poor: call for equality
Piketty’s masterpiece “Capitalism in the 21st century” hit the world like a brick. Piketty is now being called the Marx of this century, even though he claims to be a capitalist. Piketty, like Marx, warns us for the wealth inequality in the world is ever increasing. His book has lit up a massive and controversial discussion. This is mainly because he predicted that we as Europe go back to the 19th century and that a new social issue will arise. He sketches an image of the 19th century, in which the tremendously wealth don’t earn their money by working, but use their already enormous capital to make even more. The interest on capital is much higher than the interest on work. Even the IMF, a stronghold of neoliberalism, is now warning for the consequences of wealth inequality. Oxfam Novib estimates that in 2016 1 per cent of the world’s population will own more than the remaining 99%. This January Oxfam stated that the growing gap between the richest and the poorest people is increasing even more. At the beginning of this year the capital and wealth of the richest 62 persons in the world grew with 500 billion dollar to a total of 1760 billion dollars, while the capital of the world’s poorest population decreased with 41%. Those 62 people are todays 1 %, five years ago this wealthy 1% counted 388 persons.
In the States the middle-class is shrinking at an alarming rate. The question is if this trend will spread to Europe. In countries where the wealth is spread more equally, the criminality rate is lower and people are happier. For years we have failed to climb out of our economic depression. The only institutes who profit from this crisis are the banks. Thanks to grand money donations they now manage to make huge profits. The competitively between European countries is growing steadily, even though as a European whole we shouldn’t be fighting locally. This has sparked a discussion about the splitting of the euro, Grexit and Brexit. A lot of goods formally produced here are now produced in poorer countries for cheaper prices or are taken over by robotics. Above this process thousands of cheap labourers from countries in the Middle East and Eastern Europe are coming to work in the EU. The policy of the EU is to create tens of thousands of jobs, as declared Mark Rutte in the European Parliament recently. The Netherlands are now chairing the European Council for six months. Mark Rutte and the EU policy makers didn’t give any concrete example on how to effectuate their ideas. Did they ever read Piketty? Or is neoliberalism still their faith?
How should Europe handle these problems?
Should we prepare Europe for a new truth?
The EEYP started in Rotterdam in 2008 as a pilot-project. Since then, the Foundation Erasmian European Youth Parliament has organized the EEYP in a different European city. EEYP has proudly been hosted by Rotterdam (2009-2013), Turin (2010), Antwerp (2011), Braga (2012), Praga (2014) and Davos (2015).We look forward to the upcoming EEYP in Hamburg (nov.2016)
The Erasmian European Youth Parliament (EEYP) raises young people’s awareness of the role they can play within the European community. Most importantly, the EEYP aims to be an international and educational project, where social skills improve and knowledge is expanded. Furthermore, the EEYP inspires young people to think beyond their own references and to develop a vision about the 'Europe of the future'.
The EEYP 2016 has been designed for approximately 80 participating students aged 15-18 years old who come from at least eight different European countries. Schools from the various countries are invited to participate by sending a delegation of students, who are selected and prepared by their teachers. Once at the EEYP the students become a 'delegate', a 'chair' or a 'Presidium-member' and work in international teams also known as the 'committees'.
At the EEYP each 'committee' identifies a problem which is recognized by all the nationalities in the committee. Next they discuss possible acceptable solutions to all country Youth Parliament representatives. The purpose of this part of the program is for students to recognize that these issues are actual and current 'European problems' which can be solved best by cooperation on a European level. During this process the students learn from each other's knowledge and experience; no results can be reached without solid teamwork. 'Second generation' EEYP students and the chairs play an important role in transferring the project and the European way of thinking to a new generation of students.
Another important element of the EEYP is the active involvement of professionals: politicians, captains of industry and other experts. The 'Meet the Boss' event during the EEYP is one of the highlights of the program.
The EEYP lasts five and a half days whereby four of the days are spent on discussions, research, writing resolutions and speeches. One day and a half are spent on the General Assembly. During the General Assembly the final results, the written resolutions, are presented. The debates are unfailingly interesting showing the motivation and enthusiasm of the students. At the closing ceremony the resolutions are handed over to representatives of the city council and European politicians.