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Increasing Unity through Education, Youth, Research & Innovation
The ultimate goal behind this policy brief is to increase unity across Europe and to dismantle mental barriers between the East and the West. We aim at bringing people together and allowing them to get to know Europe. We wish to support the EU in its objective to bring Brussels closer to its citizens and their neighbours. We seek to include the youth more and we want to contribute to the emergence of a European generation, one in which people do not forget their diverse origins while sticking together. We strongly believe that civil society is not only the beneficiary of a united Europe, but as Europe’s 5th branch of power it can actively shape such a future.
Believing that Europe could become the world’s creative, innovative and intellectual powerhouse, we suggest including more stakeholders into the educational world and bringing that world closer to the daily life of the EU’s citizens and neighbours. For example, a digital platform could become the meeting place for academics and the private sector. The latter would get important insights into current research and could offer students scholarships supporting the education of experts in fields of common interest. Existing and popular initiatives could be also developed further. More young people could meet Europe if Erasmus+ had a high school component and a grant allocation paying more attention to the financial background of applicants, thus enabling poorer Europeans to experience the continent and the EU’s achievements. Similarly, Horizon 2020 should include students as well. By doing so, we would have more excellent and innovative researchers and more big ideas made in Europe. The number of international research cooperation should be also increased, making the big ideas truly pan-European. Our policy options will increase cooperation and understanding between East and West on a civil society level, which in turn increases the civil society participation. Ultimately, the improvements will contribute to a revived European momentum and bring Brussels closer to its citizens and their neighbours.