Maltese children meet prospective Members of the European Parliament
During a Roundtable organised by the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society (PFWS) on the 18 January 2019, children had the opportunity to voice their opinions and share their priority areas with the people who will be representing them in the European Parliament. The aim of this roundtable was to put children’s rights and child participation high on the agenda both at local and at European level.
A total of 12 prospective MEP candidates accepted the invitation to take part in this event — the first such event being held with EP contenders — and the children were well prepared to ensure their concerns were aired.
The list of issues put forward ranged from accessible healthcare, environmental concerns, and bullying, among many other issues. The Children from the PFWS Children and Young Persons’ Council questioned the island’s overdevelopment, the felling of trees, single-use plastics, securing safe public spaces, encouraging renewable energy, having less cars on the road, better teaching methods, banning animal cruelty, and addressing immigration.
They also raised the importance of civic education for 16-year-olds who would be voting for the first time, called for a reduction in political partisanship, and stressed the need for better mental health support at a community level.