It is important to be active European citizens, to respect our differences and to use diversity as a source of energy for building a more colored European Union.
Commissioner Tibor NAVRACSICS
On 6 June 2018, Tibor NAVRACSICS, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport held a Citizens' Dialogue in Bucharest at Casa Universitarilor (University of Bucharest). Around 120 citizens (students, civil society representatives, academia, professional branches) took part in the debate that focused on the future of education in Europe, European funding opportunities (Erasmus+), opportunities for young people, cultural heritage.
The dialogue was alive, participants alternating questions from a large variety of topics covering the Commissioner portofolio. The technical discussion was directed by the audience mostly to the status of education system in Romania and the way European Union can support improvements in the education sector, the success and future of the Erasmus+ program, diversity along Europe and the European Year for Cultural Heritage.
There were around 20 questions submitted via slido by the audience and around 20 questions submitted upon initial registration, amongst which:
- How can one connect cultural heritage, education and youth?
- What can the European Commission do in the field of education, concretely, to fight against Euroskepticism?
- What can the European Commission do as regards fulfilment of objectives in the Europe 2020 Strategy, especially as regards early school leaving?
Main field in which technology will have the greatest impact in Europe was considered to be, by participants, education (31%) followed by healthcare (26%) and employment and job creation (14%). Inequity and lack of opportunities for young people on the labour market were at the top of the list of challenges facing youth currently. Peace, diversity and unity, as well as multiculturalism topped the participants' preferences as regards words most-linked to the EU.
There were around 15 news and articles, in national media, written, online and audio-visual, on the subject of the dialogue and topics discussed, with an audience reach online of over 700,000 people.
As regards social media, the live broadcast on Facebook (carried out on the European affairs dedicated online platform Calea Europeană) reached 3.3k views and benefitted from over 30 shares. On Twitter, both the tweet about the live broadcast on YouTube and the one conveying messages about voting results benefitted of high engagement rates (3.6% and 1.4% vs 0.6% average for the day), as well as a large number of impressions (0.5k for first tweet, 1.9k for the second).
The event in Bucharest was part of a series of Citizens' Dialogues that involve the whole European Commission and take place in all EU Member States.