JEF Germany (Junge Europäische Föderalisten)
How does the monetary and fiscal policy of the European Union work and which role does the European Central Bank play in it? During our pan-European project young dedicated Europeans will discuss current financial and currency issues of the EU, trying to develop a common supranational perspective.
Athens, Greece, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
The crisis is still going on and will not be overcome in the next few months, hence new solutions must be found. Through the crisis the relationship between the Euro-states has worsened; if we as “Europe” (EU) want to be recognised on the global stage, we need to stick together. In every possible way, European solidarity needs to be strengthened.
The young generation needs to be involved in its future, they need to be informed about what is happening with respect to European fiscal and monetary policy and need to have the chance to participate in their future.
With "DE-ECB-GR: Building Bridges" we want to increase participation and engagement in political discussion and structuring as well as creating an environment to welcome involvement and the will to change things.
Our biggest concern would be to raise awareness towards both sides of the current tense relationship between Germany and Greece caused by the difficult situation within the euro crisis. Against this background, we want to impart knowledge about the European Central Bank (ECB), its working methods, the euro crisis as a whole, the rescue packages for Greece etc. We aim to reach a better mutual understanding between the Greek and German youth. We develop a narrative/method for young people how to explain the euro crisis more easily, the involvement of the European institutions, the reasoning behind the rules and regulations in place as well as the reasons of the different European perspectives. We believe that if you are informed well about a matter, it is much easier to find new solutions.
1) Understanding the national monetary systems as well as the bigger European picture of monetary and fiscal policy
2) Recognising and understanding the current problems and challenges in the stabilisation of the Euro zone and helping out member states having trouble to stay solvent
3) Participating in developing new instruments on how to strengthen the European Economic and Monetary Union and raising awareness of the importance of balanced and coordinated fiscal policy by the EU and European Central Bank
We want to trigger new innovative learning methods, invite experts and political multipliers and focus specifically on a young European perspective - breaking down the complexity of the crisis into easily accessible and understandable parts to be developed further.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
a. Strengthening the European Community by sharing ideas&experiences b. Bringing young Europeans together and exchange views on the reality of economic situation in Greece, Germany and the European Union. c. Multiplier effect: learning and spreading acquired knowledge throughout European youth.