In the margins of the external
Bureau of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Slovenia, the
Young Elected Politicians (YEPs) Programme organised an event on Cohesion Policy with the participants of the 2021 YEPs Programme and the YEPs Alumni.
REPORT OF THE SESSION
As one of the main topics of the 2021 YEPs Programme, YEPs engaged in a debate with the President of the CoR, CoR Members, Slovenian politicians, representatives of the European Commission and Eurofund on the importance of "cohesion as a value" for Europe, especially for the recovery phase from the pandemic crisis. A special focus was dedicated to young people, their needs, expectations and the externalities of the post COVID-economy for the young generation. Social rights in the digital economy was an additional topic for discussion. It will help boosting the recovery while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The event was open by CoR President Apostolos Tzitzikostas who stressed the potential of regions and cities in acting together to overcome the pandemic crisis and the need to involve young politicians and young people in the debate about the recovery phase.
Ms Monika Kirbiš Rojs, State Secretary for Development and European Cohesion Policy of the Government of Slovenia, gave a key note speech on the key support of the Cohesion Policy to react to the COVID-19 crisis.
The participants of the YEPs Programme debated with CoR Members Pavel BRANDA (CZ/ECR), Jasna GABRIČ (SI/RE) and Anne KARJALAINEN (FI/PES) on the value of cohesion policy, the needs of young people for the COVID-19 recovery and on social rights in the digital economy.
Mr Franck CONRAD from the Recovery & Resilience Task Force of the European Commission gave an overview of the state of play of the recovery and resilience plans. Ms Biliana SIRAKOVA, EU youth coordinator of the European Commission, presented the needs of young people in the recovery phase and Ms Irene MANDL, Head of Unit "Information and EURES" from the European Labour Authority focused on the opportunities and risks of the "platform work".
Have you missed the debate? You can watch it below: