A busy Summer with students and scouts for the European Parliament Office in Valletta
Young people were invited to engage in the "This Time I'm voting" European Parliament elections next year in two separate EPLO Valletta events. The first, organised at the EPLO's premises hosted around 80 young European scouts, while the latter were co-organised with the European Studies Organisation and JEF at the University of Malta and engaged both students and non-students to reflect on ways to participate in the campaign.
The European Parliament Office in Malta Valletta hosted a group of around 80 young scouts between the ages of 16-30 at Europe House in Valletta. The youths, who did not hail from Malta alone, were introduced to the work of the European Parliament and to the This Time I’m Voting drive which aims to get Europeans, particularly young Europeans, to participate in democracy at EU level through pledging to vote at the next European elections in 2019 and also express themselves on what is important to them as young Europeans . The Scouts Association itself expressed interest at signing up to the campaign while the main Maltese young persons’ concern was to how to obtain neutral information on the EU in the presence of a highly polarised political national system.
Another two separate training sessions about the "This Time I'm Voting" drive were organised, the first one on the 17 July with JEF Malta and the second on the 28th August with the European Studies Organisation. The attendees were an interesting mix of University students from different academic backgrounds (Foreign Affairs, European Studies, Law and Commerce), and also an interesting variety of student faculty organisations. Also present were non-student youths who had heard about the event, and representatives from the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee and the academic staff.
The audience were particularly struck with the waning support for democracy in Europe visible in voting turnouts across the EU as a whole and were interested in knowing how the Parliament would be going about reaching out to first-time voters and the non-university public. This is what the This time I'm voting drive seeks to address – young people in particular are being encouraged to make their voices heard and help shape the future of the EU.
Sign and get your unique link to make your voice heard: www.thistimeimvoting.eu