In a significant step towards shaping the future of Europe, on May 17th in Madrid, the EU Youth 7 delegates recently convened with the Vice President of the Senate of Spain, Javier Maroto. This high-level meeting focused on key issues impacting youth and the broader European community, laying the groundwork for policy recommendations that will be presented at the upcoming Y7 Summit in Rome.

During the meeting, the delegates and the Vice President engaged in productive discussions centered on the four main tracks of the Y7 communique:

1. New Skills, Entrepreneurship, and the Future of Work: Emphasizing the need for education systems to adapt to the rapidly changing job market, the delegates discussed innovative approaches to equip young people with the necessary skills for future employment opportunities. They highlighted the importance of fostering entrepreneurship as a driver of economic growth and job creation.

2. Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change: Recognizing the urgent need for action on climate change, the delegates explored strategies to enhance environmental sustainability. Discussions included the promotion of green technologies, sustainable practices, and policies aimed at reducing carbon footprints.

3. Innovation and Digital Transformation: As the digital era continues to evolve, the conversation turned to how Europe can lead in innovation and digital transformation. The delegates underscored the importance of investing in digital infrastructure, encouraging tech-driven solutions, and ensuring that digital advancements are inclusive and accessible to all.

4. Inclusion and Equal Opportunities: Ensuring that all young people have equal opportunities regardless of their background was a pivotal topic. The delegates advocated for policies that promote social inclusion, diversity, and equal access to education and employment, aiming to create a more equitable society.

Security and Defense

Beyond these four tracks, security and defense were also on the agenda. As these topics will be central to discussions at the Y7 Summit from May 20-24 in Rome, the delegates and the Vice President examined the role of young people in fostering peace and security. They explored how youth can contribute to defense strategies and the importance of incorporating youth perspectives in security policies.

Gratitude and Future Collaboration

The EU Y7 delegates expressed their deep appreciation to the Spanish government and Vice President Javier Maroto for their unwavering support throughout this process. Their engagement and insights have been invaluable in shaping the discussions and outcomes of the Y7 Summit.

As the Y7 Summit in Rome approaches, the delegates are poised to present their recommendations on these vital topics. The outcomes of this summit will play a crucial role in informing G7 leaders on youth priorities and perspectives, ensuring that young voices are heard at the highest levels of decision-making.

Stay tuned for updates from the Y7 Summit and further developments in youth-led initiatives across Europe.