CoR Member Paula FERNÁNDEZ VIAÑA (Renew Europe) organised a local event aiming at analysing the main concerns of young people
Cantabria is a practically rural region due to its orography and the dispersion of the
population, which makes it necessary to delve into the major challenges facing society
to ensure progress and the future of Cantabria, where young people have a leading role.
Through associations, organisations and individually, young Cantabrians had
the opportunity to participate in different thematic round tables in which they debated and dialogued on the role of youth in rural areas, digital transformation, policies
tackling job insecurity and reinforcing social justice and decent employment. Also on the
environment and the climate crisis we are facing and on the exodus and demographic
change caused by the depopulation of our rural areas.
The conclusions were presented by spokespersons, i.e. the young participants
themselves in each thematic group, to the general public made up of some
of the main representatives and political leaders of the town councils and the
Government of Cantabria. They took note of the conclusions and demands made by
the young people of Cantabria, that gave their point of view and claimed their space
during these debates where progress and future were discussed.
All these actions are included in the working priorities of the European Year of Youth
and also in the working programme for 2023 of the European Committee of the Regions.