'A Europe that truly gives opportunities to all'
By Victor, Eurochild Children’s Council member, UK/Romania
I am a 15-year-old Romanian/British teenager. What exactly does this mean? Who am I? Well, I am a European, member of the Eurochild Council and also, member of the UK Youth Parliament for Cardiff. I am also an optimist regarding the future of young people, which is also the future of Europe!
We will learn to overcome problems, to understand each other, to think about the future of children.
Geographically, Europe is a continent, but actually it is way more than that. Europe is the cradle of democracy (Athens), the place of the Renaissance (Florence), it is full of history, culture, and traditions; it has the city of lovers (Paris), and many other beautiful places and especially great people. This continent is my Europe, our Europe!
It is old but always attractive, it has been through many wars, diseases, natural disasters, but it has resisted. I am convinced that in the next 20 years, it will have many problems to solve (Brexit, immigration, poverty, climate crisis), but together we will overcome them. We will learn to overcome problems, to understand each other, to think about the future of children and give everyone the right to an equal life and full of opportunities.
I believe that in 20 years, Europe as a whole will learn to be more welcoming, and truly give opportunities to all. People will realize that the way forward is united and the future generations will revolutionize the way we think.
Europe not only will it be just as charming, but it will provide every country with the same chance of development, so that the terms ‘’rich’’ and ‘’poor’’ countries no longer exist.
In 20 years, I am convinced that our Europe will start to fully prioritise education and safety of all, more than it already does. And here I am not just referring to physical safety, but schools and other institutions will look at emotional wellbeing as a reality, and that Europe will become a place where you can easily speak your mind, that you can have your own ideas and concepts and not be judged.
Governments will understand that they must work together to keep our Europe cleaner and safer, to listen to the voices of each, to understand every one, to understand that there are differences in culture and religion, but that all people are equal.
I am a dreamer and I am convinced that over 20 years, Europe not only will it be just as charming, but it will provide every country with the same chance of development, so that the terms ‘’rich’’ and ‘’poor’’ countries no longer exist, so that everyone has the chance to define who they want to be themselves.
The ultimate goal must be that everyone has the best opportunities in life, regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, and in my opinion, this concept will be achieved in 20 years. Together, let's make this wonderful Europe an even greater place to live!