I was selected by Young European Leadership (YEL) to participate as a European Union (EU) delegate in the 2020 Y7 Summit from 1-5 June. The Y7 is the official youth engagement group to the G7 and the purpose of the Summit is to make concrete policy recommendations to global leaders. The negotiated proposals are condensed into an official statement, or communiqué, which is voted upon by consensus and then presented to government officials and policy-makers from G7 countries and the EU.
As delegates, our engagement began two months before the Summit, taking the form of internal discussions within each delegation and consultations at the national (EU) level through online surveys that gathered youth perspectives on each policy track. In particular, I was responsible for the Global Connectivity and Trade (GC&T) track. The most dense and engaging phase was negotiations with the other GC&T delegates in the last weeks before the Summit, mostly focused on the selection of recommendations and the actual wording of our track’s statement….
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