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YEU I Coffee with a MEP: Kira Marie Peter-Hansen

As the EU elections 2024 approach, youth voting and engagement in democratic processes remains a critical focus for YEU. In light of this, YEU has chosen to address this goal within the framework of “Coffee with…”, a YEU initiative launched in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This initiative, consisting of a 1-hour online meeting, aims to foster dialogue between young people and several policy makers and stakeholders coming from institutions, organisations and other civil societies bodies. By providing a platform for direct interaction with decision makers, “Coffee with…” gives room to young people to express their opinions and make questions to the guests around political and social topics relevant to their needs, concerns and aspirations for participation in democratic processes.

In line with this objective, YEU dedicated its first “Coffee with…” event of 2024, which took place on the 14th of February, to the theme of youth representation in the EU Parliament and youth democratic participation in general. The event featured the youngest member of the European Parliament, Ms. Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, who was elected at the age of 21 and represents a true example for youth engagement.

During the event, which was moderated by our YEU friend who is also the board member at European Youth Forum, Ismael Paez Civico, the participants gained valuable insights into Ms. Kira Marie Peter-Hansen’s journey as the youngest MEP. Discussions also revolved around the existing obstacles to youth participation in European politics and strategies to foster greater interest and engagement, with a focus on the important role played by youth organisations.

Strongly engaged in the strengthening of the connection between the Parliament and young people, Ms. Peter-Hansen will run for the upcoming elections in June 2024, embodying the idea that age is not a barrier to active citizenship.


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