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Future Cities: Shaping Europe from the bottom up

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The 2016 edition of EUobserver's Regions & Cities magazine looks at the cities of the future in Europe. While the EU is grappling with challenging problems - Brexit, migration, the economy, terrorism, to name a few - many European cities are reinventing themselves and tackling these problems in their own way.

We believe in youth, we

We believe in youth, we believe in another Europe. What kind of Europe will the next generation of Europeans be living in? Will they live in a prosperous, open and friendly Union with opportunities for everyone? Or will they be confined to a Europe divided by walls, restrictions and differences? The future of Europe will be in the hands of the next generation of Europeans, but right now that generation faces immense uncertainties. We, the European Socialists and Democrats, want the European Union to give young people a clearer, brighter future by promoting: Jobs and training opportunities for youth. 1 HOW? By extending the Youth Guarantee – a European programme that guarantees young people an appropriate job, apprenticeship, traineeship or an opportunity for continuing education within four months of finishing their compulsory education or leaving their previous job. We want to make the programme permanent, increase its funding from € 6 billion to € 20 billion, and raise the age limit up to 30. More international exchange programmes 2for young Europeans. Culture within everyone’s reach. 3 WHY? Because Europe is changing. More and more young people are studying in different countries and graduating with more knowledge and experience, developing their full potential. The Erasmus+ programme helped a lot with that. Now we want to extend the Erasmus+ international exchange programme also to high schools and vocational training. WHERE? All over Europe young people should receive support to create and access culture. We will introduce European Culture Cheques, which will provide young people with free access to cultural events and venues and will support young artists in their creative process. We all need access to culture, because art can change people for the better. Good childcare for all Europeans. 4 WHEN? Right now, because children are our future and the most fragile members of our societies. The current economic crisis is threatening some of the basic needs of children in the EU. We support the Child Guarantee initiative and we want European and national policies to address these needs of all children, so that they have access to free health checks, an affordable place in quality childcare and a healthy meal at school. These are the 4 pillars of our EUROPEAN YOUTH PLAN. Will you support us? Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists

streams of small told EUobserver. Photo: Lisbeth Kirk GREEN CITY WITH THE BLUE HARBOUR From 10am, groups of 65 swimmers in wetsuits minutes and jump into the harbour water. Lifeguards are posted along the route in small When the race ends at 4pm, the lifeguards gather line. "I started the training in April and here I am," she race. The swim took her a good hour. It was something she did for herself, as the event is not competitive. winter the harbour can be covered by ice. 11,000 people are registered members of winter swimming clubs around the country, with many more on waiting lists. Swimming is believed to around the neck of all swimmers according to how many years they have participated in the "The water is clean, but maybe not at the bottom But it is getting better and now forms an important Photo: Lisbeth Kirk FUTURE CITIES OCTOBER 2016 — 23

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