Today 57 years ago the first move was made towards the building of a united Europe. On May 9th 1950, Robert Schuman set the first stone for the foundation of what we know nowadays as the European Union. The EU has followed a huge process of transformation since. However, with the current development of European affairs it is difficult to assess whether one should celebrate or mourn on the Day of Europe.
Marina Barbalata, Spokesperson of FYEG comments: "In a world that is becoming more globalized every day, problems require global solutions. The European countries need a united voice if they are to efficiently tackle issues such as poverty relief, human rights violations, climate change, pollution and migration to mention only a few.
The Young Greens acknowledge the contributions that the European institutions have made in terms of creating peace and stability and in promoting a more united Europe. However, this is not enough. "We are now more concerned than ever about the basis on which the European Union is built. We do not want a Europe oriented towards a larger market and consumerism, but a Europe concentrated on finding sustainable solutions for its future development.”
Bartek Lech, Co-Spokesperson of FYEG adds: "I have doubts whether I should celebrate the Day of Europe or not. On the one hand, a lot has been achieved. However, we need to be more ambitious: poverty, discrimination, further enlargement and youth policies are just few examples of the issues that the EU is not covering in an effective way."