28. February 2017

On the occasion of the Maltese presidency in the EU Council, four Maltese journalists have been sent to Brussels to get hold of different Europeans’ views and ideas on Europe. FutureLabbers Marsida Bandilli, Matilda Flemming, Doris Manu and Simona Pronckute offered their take on the EU’s achievements, its challenges and its future, touching upon female leadership, democratic rights, peace and development. The short videos featuring citizens living in and passing through Brussels are displayed next to each other in an interactive ‘beehive’ – forming part of an interactive installation in the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels.

Marsida Bandilli from Albania talked about the need for a change in Europe’s atmosphere, strengthening the sense of belonging together, helping Southern countries to develop further, and fostering education.

FutureLab Europe member Matilda Flemming from Finland discussed the improvements in gender equality in Europe, pointing out however that we are only “half-way” in achieving it. She asked for a generational shift in leadership, and people with more diverse backgrounds and real backbones in politics.

FutureLab Europe member Doris Manu from Romania shared her view that Europe must increase its investment into developing countries, especially in Africa, because this is where the biggest conflicts will emerge if nothing is done. She stressed especially the importance of empowering women for pushing the economy forward.

FutureLab Europe member Simona Pronckute from Lithuania stressed that Europe needs to inspire and involve more of its citizens. To this end, it must spread awareness of tools such as the European Citizens Initiative, which is a legal and political tool to empower European citizenship at the EU level.