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The Future of Europe: young Mediterranean voices inspire the EU’s call to “Invest in a Generation”

The EU’s High-Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, called for investment in youth as the key to the future of Europe and its southern Mediterranean neighbourhood. Mrs Mogherini was speaking in Rome at a Citizens Dialogue event on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the landmark treaty in the creation of the European Union.

High-Representative Mogherini said that despite the challenges facing the Union, the region’s young generations continue to illustrate “the hopeful future”. Mrs Mogherini made specific reference to her meeting the day before in Brussels with young Mediterranean voices, organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation and European Youth Forum on the eve of the Treaty of Rome anniversary,  stressing “the great energy, pride and inspiration Young Med Voices gave her”.

Along with Malta’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, who was speaking on behalf of the current EU Presidency, they called for more Erasmus for all and investment in a generation across Europe and its southern Mediterranean neighbourhood. Malta recently hosted the landmark Mediterranean Forum of the Anna Lindh Foundation, on the eve of its first EU Presidency, with its Foreign Minister - Dr George Vella - calling the Mogherini initiative with young Mediterranean voices "a major milestone that builds an unequivocal consensus that Youth should be given prominence in the policy making of the countries of the Euro-Med region."