Alessandro Cendrello, EY Managing Partner for EU Institutions
The European Union (EU) has a strong track record when it comes to creating long-term value for its citizens.
As a project, the European Union seems to be losing its appeal – for both Member States and citizens. Despite the EU’s undoubted achievements in terms of living standards, human rights, quality of life and welfare, the project is under threat from a demanding and volatile world. This world is characterized by growing social inequality, rising populism, trade tensions and game-changing technological revolution. As a result, the EU needs to keep reinventing itself if it is to be resilient and future-proof its strategy in the face of changing global dynamics.
Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA Europe, and Asheesh Advani, CEO, JA Worldwide
Entrepreneurial ventures not only create employment opportunities around the world, but also build the skills employers seek in their employees, and help tackle local and global social issues. For this reason, we believe that every young person—regardless of geographic location, educational attainment, gender, or age—deserves access to entrepreneurship education and the benefits it brings.
Milena Stoycheva, CEO, JA Bulgaria
We argue that today constructive entrepreneurship is the ability to create value for society and its members –It has already become a career choice preferred by many young people. Although it does include setting up and running one’s own business, entrepreneurship is much more than that.
Ulla-Alexandra Mattl, Project Manager, Lifelong Learning Platform
“I am almost 18 and I have no idea about taxes, rent or insurance. But, I can analyse a poem. In 4 languages.” This tweet by the 17-year-old Naina sparked a debate in 2015 about the relevance of what students are learning in the classroom. Today, this debate is more important than ever if students are to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the 21st Century.
Yann Camus, President, JADE
In the recent years, entrepreneurship education has become a key priority at European level. Indeed, to counter slow economic growth, insufficient company creations and a high unemployment rate (especially for young people, reaching 17.2 % in the EU281 ), the European Union needs to give the right tools and support to its people so they can become better skilled and even create their own company.