As European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his fourth annual State of the Union speech on Wednesday, he talked about the economic growth of the bloc and the peace the EU has brought to the continent but what are some key issues that young European care about?
Euronews hears from five young citizens, each from a different EU country and each with a different issue they want the EU to be prioritising.
Dejan Bojanic — Stockholm, Sweden
"The EU issue I care about the most has to be the way our economy is organised, the way we produce, the way we consume. The mindset we have towards our economy growing indefinitely is very unsustainable so for me it comes down to the issue of how little regard the generation in power has for my generation in terms of the world they're living us with."
Kristen Aigro — Tallinn, Estonia
"We see more and more attacks on civil society all around Europe — this is a threat to the most fundamental of European values: democracy, human rights, rule of law. This can't continue to be ignored. Action must be taken now to safeguard those European values. to safeguard our civil society before it's too late."
Sebastiaan Rood — Utrecht, Netherlands
"The issue I care most about is climate change because the future of young people, our children, and generations to come are on the line. We know the EU is not doing enough to ensure a livable future for us so what I hope to hear is the European Commission commit themselves to strong climate action."
Tina Hocevar — Ljubljana, Slovenia
"I care about the EU in the global stage and the responsibility that comes with it. EU should invest beyond development policy to creating spaces for young people. for peer-to-peer learning, for skills development, and intercultural dialogue. That would remove so many obstacles that are currently preventing our societies to be truly peaceful and inclusive."
Zuzana Vaneckova — Prague, Czech Republic
"One of the biggest problems that I care about is that a lot of young people are not able to get jobs because of the lack of work experience. But how can we get work experience if no one wants to hire us. So a lot of young people end up in one unpaid internship after another without being able to get stable good quality job."