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Juha-Pekka Nurvala

 
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Let me start by thanking the JONG-CD&V for inviting me to their Congress. It was a superbly organised event and I wish all the best to their election campaign! I have not come across similar idea than ‘LOLA’ before and I encourage you all to have a look!
 
We had a lot of discussions about the local elections, economy and the reforms now underway in Belgium. Overall, I am really happy to see that Belgium has managed to get itself moving after being paralysed by the political crisis that left Belgium with out a government for over a year.
 
I believe and I think everyone else who attended the meeting shares my belief, that if Belgium implements all the reforms it is now planning and implementing already that it will become a really strong economy again. We were told of the high increase of labour cost compared to Germany that took place during the last ten years and how that has caused some companies to become less competitive. I was really happy to hear that the government is prioritising the competitiveness of Belgium companies since that is where the new jobs are created and wealth produced to the society. I hope that they implement the German type reforms and get at least as good results as Germany did! 

 

With great pleasure I participated to YFG Conference in Tullamore, Ireland on 17-19th of February. It was both, in terms of organisation and political content, an outstanding Conference.
 
As we all know, Ireland was bailed out in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Last year Fine Gael became the biggest party and formed a coalition government with the Labour party. Mr Enda Kenny has done exactly what he said that he would do during the election campaign. He promised strong and courageous government and he has delivered that.
 
There have been numerous reforms put in place by the new government and based on what he said couple of weeks ago in Tullamore, there will be more and there still is lot to do. However, what Fine Gael has achieved already is remarkable; they have given hope back to people. The economy of Ireland was in ruins thanks to the failed politics of Fianna Fail and a lot needs to be done to get it right again but I am absolutely certain based on what I heard from Mr Kenny and from the youth of Fine Gael that Ireland will become the Celtic Tiger again.
 

 
Intergenerational Justice

 
Centre of European Studies (CES), organised a panel discussion on the future of the Euro in the EPP Congress in Marseilles. Prime Minister of Finland, former YouthEPP board member, Jyrki Katainen and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban were both talking about the importance of saving the Euro and solidarity. As the representative of the YouthEPP I had to ask a question about intergenerational justice and the then upcoming European Council meeting. Since I'm studying in the UK, and as you all must know, the UK has imposed some heavy austerity measures, and rightly so bearing in mind that their deficit was close to Greece's deficit, well over 10%. Large budget cuts were imposed on all Government Departments, usually between 10-20% but the cuts on Higher Education were quite considerably higher, around 40%. This led to the fact that, tuition fees in British Universities will go up from the current £3400 up to £9000 in the autumn of 2012. When solidarity is mentioned, we should not only think about solidarity between citizens or people within the EU but solidarity and justice between generations.