Spotlight Luca Jahier

Luca Jahier starts by specifying that, as President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), his goal while participating in the Spotlight Session is to encourage civil society’s participation in the European parliament elections.

Throughout his Spotlight Session, he highlights the need to put cultural areas at the core of the future of Europe, as it has previously been disregarded in European policy. Culture has always been a space to cultivate interaction throughout the enormous diversity of european history. In the past, it has been a tool to rebuild a common sense of belonging and reconciliation after confrontation and war in Europe. The cultural sector is a hidden reserve of positive energy of the Europe of today and it creates a unique opportunity to reinvent territories. Culture, as well as sustainable development, should be the drive of the future. This is why it should be given a larger role in Europe.

The EESC president also speaks about the importance of investing in education. According to him, this is particularly true in today’s political context. After a very long cycle of increasing liberties and destroying borders, a fear of globalisation is becoming more and more present in Europe. He then explains that education without a foundation in culture has simply no sense. Access to culture, as well as to instruments allowing us to understand it, needs to be increased.

Overall, Luca Jahier has an optimistic view of the European project, even if it is facing deep change. He points out the positive external image Europe has around the world and the role it has played in the development of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. He briefly mentions the EU’s 2030 Strategy that provides innovation and investments in industrial growth, in the energy transformation field, in social welfare and in sustainable development. The EESC President highlights the need for this agenda to become the driver of the next European Parliament term and for the EU budget for the year to come.

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  • I'm really convinced, that cultural knowledge interchange and activities are the soil for an European self-confidence to live "united in diversity", feeling the richness of this continent. Therefore education in the cutural fields are essential for a good future of Europe (in and outside of the EU!).

    Erasmus+ can be used to sustain cultural experiences in other countries. International collaboration and partnership in cultural projects, starting in the pre-schools, to be continued in primary- and secondary-school, even must be self evident parts in the education of Europeans!

    The renaming (Comenius to Erasmus +) gives many schools the impression that international projects are no longer being promoted at school, as Erasmus is linked mentally with the universities.

    Do you agree that the commission should reactivate the former terms (as Comenius, Leonardo, Grundtvig etc.) to make it clear recognizable, that there are EU fundings for ALL LEVELS and ALL FIELDS of formal and education?
  • In Belgium voting is obligatory. Is this the right way to bring participation in EU elections up? Do you personally expect a low(er) voter turnout and rise of populist votes? Do you have a recipe to counter this, today, 4 weeks before election date?
  • In our chat rooms this morning we discussed a lot about the role of informal and non-formal education and spaces where this learning happens (museums, libraries concerts....). Is there any specific initiative from EESC to support these spaces?
  • Good morning Mr. Jahier!

    EESC says:

    "Given the current political climate in Europe, the EESC calls on the Commission and the Member States to include the need to value cultural diversity and tolerance in education policies as another area for fostering active citizenship within the scope of EU objectives aimed at promoting EU fundamental values. We are all responsible for educating people and making them truly aware of common European history and values, as well as of the importance of tolerance and human rights."

    What concrete new activities, in particular in cultural education, do you propose to be started to empower the "R-EU-naissance" you demand?

    Thank you!
  • Good morning Mr Jahier,

    Interesting exploratory opinion put forth by the Romanian Presidency yesterday regarding organised philanthropy: (Plenary session: 543 - Reference: SOC/611-EESC-2018)

    -What are your views on facilitating transborder philanthropic efforts inside the EU by removing internal market barriers? Does the EESC see the potential of philanthropic activities in the heritage and culture sectors?

    Thank you very much.

  • Erasmus+ is a very successful programme that is widely-known and has many fans. What are the main areas where you think the Parliament could act to further improve the programme?
  • Do you feel national politicians defend enough the EU project? What are your expectations for the upcoming elections?
  • Good morning! How could the EU develop steps for a sustainable future?
  • Thank you for joining us: I am curious to know how can civil society and EU institutions better cooperate to ensure a quality education for all citizens?
  • Good Morning from Leuven! Deindustrialisation, service economies, weak working conditions for increasing autonomous workers, robots taking over factories … Do we need to rethink work beyond employment? How do you see the future of work from EESC perspectives?
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