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15th of January 2016
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Mairead McGuinness, MEP & Vice President of the European Parliament launches a new information hub for young people. #EurParl
"The SpunOut European Parliament Information Hub will aim to inform and interest young people in EU affairs. We want to hear the views of young adults and one of the best ways our citizens can have their say is by voting. Ahead of the 2014 European elections, 64 percent of all 18-24 year olds surveyed said they would vote in the elections, yet the lowest voter turnout recorded was in that young adult age group. I want to see better interaction with our youngest adults, in communicating our objectives at EU level and seeking their views on future policy - policy that will directly impact their lives in time." McGuinness said.
Also speaking at today’s launch event, Lynn Boylan, MEP and Orla Murphy, UN Youth Delegate for Ireland 2015.
Through funding provided by the European Parliament and in partnership with The Wheel, SpunOut.ie have produced an EU Parliament information hub for young people. The hub contains articles and videos about the Parliament, explaining its role in the European Union institution architecture, the role of MEPs and how the European legislative process works.
An animated video entitled “How The European Parliament Works” clearly explains how the European Parliament works alongside the other EU institutions, and what it's functions are.
For the series of videos entitled “Inside the Parliament" SpunOut.ie did just that and filmed in Brussels and Strasbourg. We talk to MEPs, NGOs and European Parliament staff about their thoughts and views on a range of different topics.
SpunOut.ie will also publish weekly news articles in the hub, about the activities of the parliament. Plus the site will feature opinion pieces written by Irish young people with their views on the issues being discussed at plenary sessions and committees. The information is written in plain English and will be a great resource for students as well as teachers and anyone who wants to understand the work of the European Parliament.
Commenting on the launch, Deirdre Garvey, Chief Executive of The Wheel said: “Everyone should have a say in the decisions that affect their lives, and this new resource will empower young people to do just that. The European Parliament plays an important role in representing citizens, defending their rights and values in the EU's policy-making process. This new resource will equip young people with the information they need to take the collective action required to shape EU policies and decisions.”
The European Parliament Hub also looks at the parliament’s role in combatting gender and racial discrimination. Gender and racial discrimination were identified by young people as their top areas of interest in relation to the work of the parliament in a consultation with 450 young SpunOut.ie readers.
The following people will be available for interview following the launch event: Mairead McGuinness, MEP & VP of the European Parliament
Lynn Boylan, MEP
Orla Murphy, UN Youth Delegate for Ireland 2015
Communications Officer, SpunOut.ie
Note to Editors:
SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website by young people, for young people. We provide easy access to relevant, reliable, supportive, and non-judgemental information in order to assist informed decision-making amongst 16 - 25 year olds.