In an interactive Slido poll at the start of the Dialogue, both the audience and Commissioner Navracsics chose ‘education’ as the most important issue to be addressed.
The Commissioner added ‘employment’, as the joining of both can be a very powerful engine of social mobility, integration, and inclusion.
The Maltese Minister for Education and Employment stated that education can change the world, but it cannot do so on its own. He considered the 100thanniversary of the Armistice, an important example of why education is so important to ensure that what has been built is not taken for granted by younger generations.
The audience was then asked what they would like Europe to do for them. Most participants, fearing they would not find jobs, wished Europe could give them one.
Commissioner Navracsics stressed that Europe in itself does not create jobs. However, Europe can do very much to equip people with relevant skills and to help enterprises to be bolder in employing them.
Moreover, one of the biggest assets of European integration is that the EU, as a single market, can offer more opportunities for its citizens to find a job either at home or in another European country.
When the conversation shifted to the upcoming European elections, Tibor Navracsics argued that they ‘will be most important because now Europe has a pan-European political issue: migration.’ He deplored the low involvement of young people in the European elections: ‘We have to do more, and we need your support to raise the level of participation’.
Concluding, the Commissioner noted that Europe has reached a point where concrete actions begin to be noticeable in education, a great opportunity to overcome difficulties of national education systems with policies at a European level.