Life has taught me that we must discover what it is that we are passionate about and then use our passion to make a difference. Politics and Europe are what I care about the most: both inspire me and make me stand up for what I believe in.

I knew from a young age that I wanted to contribute to policy that improved peoples’ quality of life and that the European Union was an important tool for achieving this goal. This awareness has majorly influenced my journey through life: from my decision to join my local branch of Juventude Social Democrata (JSD, Portugal), to studying European Economic Studies at the College of Europe to my previous role in the international financial Services sector in Brussels.

Ever since I have been involved in European politics, I have been hugely inspired by the ability of our organisation to enact change on a European level and give a voice to young people across our continent who are passionate about the future of the European project. Through YEPP, over one million young people from across our continent are given an outlet to use their ideas and energy to serve the European Union and its citizens.

Because my heart beats for Europe, I ran and I’m now embracing the challenge of being a member of the European Parliament.

Feel free to share your ideas with us. Together, we can build a brighter future for our generation.

Together, We Go Further.

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Lídia Pereira (JSD, Portugal) was born and raised in Coimbra. She graduated from the University of Coimbra in Economics and she holds a Master degree in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). During her academic studies, Lídia had the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus programme, studying in Prague (Czech Republic) for one semester. Additionally, she was always involved and assumed several responsibilities in the Student Association and University/College bodies. Later on, she became politically active in JSD. She started as a member of JSD in her hometown (Coimbra) and elected JSD’s Vice President at the regional level soon after. In May 2016, Lidia has been appointed International Secretary of JSD’s Board (2016-2018). She previously served as YEPP Vice President. After a traineeship at the European Investment Bank, Lidia became a consultant in the financial sector. Lídia was invited by the Partido Social Democrata (PSD, Portugal) to run in the last European elections and was recently elected member of the European Parliament.