Over 200 youths from EU Member Countries and countries aspiring to EU Membership are in Malta to participate in a series of discussions regarding the operations of EU institutions, particularly the EU Parliament. This opportunity will enable the youths to hold discussions with youths from different countries and languages to compare perspectives while also discussing common EU values on equality, freedom and democracy.
The Head of Malta’s Delegation, Veronika Sytryk, said that among the themes under discussion will be climate change, culture, youth employment, as well as education.
This is the first time that the International Model European Parliament, in its 51st edition, is being held in Malta. The activity is being organised by the Youth Agency.
The idea is that youths meet on a practical basis for better understanding rather than just on paper on the workings of the EU Parliament and therefore are split into committees and forward resolutions, just as in the EU Parliament, explained Miriam Theuma, the Youth Agency’s CEO.
Resolutions that are agreed upon will be forwarded and presented in the EU Parliament and to EU Leaders.
During the opening of the assembly, President George Vella said that citizens should remain the central point of EU policies. He urged the youths to use tools that include dialogue, persuasion and convincing rather than resorting to confrontation.
Parliamentary Secretary Clifton Grima said that as a result of dialogue youths may acquire the results they wish to make Europe a better place. The International Model European Parliament is based on the strength of EU Funds through the Erasmus+ Programme.