On 10 May, 6 young Mediterranean people debated on their priorities and expectations towards the European Union as part of a special event organised by the ENI CBC Med Programme to mark the Europe Day. While they see the EU as a guarantor of human rights, freedom of speech, gender equality, they also asked for more actions in employment, environment and conflict resolution.
They all believe that the EU is a key player on the international scene, has a lot of power and has already achieved a lot. But to go a step further, they demand the following:
•First, the EU should lead a global effort for climate change.
•Second, the EU should increase its efforts to support conflict resolution in the Middle East and guarantee human rights when they are being violated.
•Third, more has to be done for women to ensure gender equality but also to fight against gender violence which has increased during the pandemic.
•Fourth, they ask the EU to remove patent protections regarding COVID-19 vaccines so that all countries with the capacity to produce vaccines can do it.
•Finally, the EU should increase its fight against corruption.