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.