#SeparatedbutUnited - hope of a better future
As the world starts to look towards the social and economic recovery following the global coronavirus pandemic, the lives, rights and wellbeing of a whole generation of young people depends on what comes next. This series of short blog posts on how we build a better future are all written by the Board Members of the European Youth Forum.
What the MFF? (The Multiannual Financial Framework, that is)
Written by Ville Majamaa
Even if some people might find it difficult to believe, I am a rather new arrival to the MFF galaxy. At least in comparison to those dinosaurs who are overseeing their third MFF negotiations for their countries (I hear there are a few). In fact, prior to Christmas 2017, I happily had never paid it too much attention. This all changed when around that time, I was informed there would be a panel in January 2018 on the topic in the European Parliament and that I had better get reading.
Memorable Christmas holidays those were.
The following Spring, we in the Youth Forum worked hard to put together a proposal for our global position of the EU’s new Multiannual Financial Framework post-2020. It was a fascinating, difficult and educating experience, for all of the staff, the Board and our Member Organisations involved. It appears heated debates on agricultural funds and the EU's own resources can take place anywhere, not just within the Council. Good news came that same Spring with the Commission’s proposal to double the funding for the Erasmus+ programme, coincidentally the same day as my birthday.
A solid excuse for an extra round of bubbles.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2020. A new world with its new leaders and priorities. While this was welcome in the sense that future-friendly policies, like climate and sustainability, made it higher on the agenda, the work had been stalled. No one seemed to think it was in their interest to budge to serve the common interest. To lay aside the simplistic and misleading national cost-benefit calculations and focus on the European added value and common goods. To invest in sustainable policies that will serve the present as much as the future generations. To put young people’s rights and wellbeing at the core of the calculations as an investment for the future. If nothing else, the COVID-19 crisis has yet again put to test the ability of us Europeans to act as Europeans.
This week we will know if we pass the test.
Ville started his path in youth organisations in a local scout group in Helsinki. As well as remaining active in Scouting on national and European level, Ville has also volunteered in student organisations, Young European Federalists and the Red Cross. He has recently finished his studies in London and Moscow and is Vice President of the European Youth Forum. In this role he is responsible for European affairs covering both the European Union and the Council of Europe.