April 4, 2009
The sixth Y Vote convention started in Ljubljana on March 27th, 2009. European multiculturalism was being closely examined in the »most beautiful city in the world« (words by the Mayor of Ljubljana we all remember from our General Assembly last April). Young people from 20 different European countries were exploring the topic focusing on languages, culture, education and media featuring workshops, excursions and speeches of several researchers and members of the European Parliament. For the first time in AEGEE history, a member of the European Commission contributed to the convention on its first day: Janez Potocnik, Commissioner for Science and Research.
There was a chance to talk about multilingualism, the topic of the day, but also to use the opportunity to get an insight view on the main European policies. During his speech he pointed out some of the main trends that the European Union will face in the future: the climate change, power shortage, and most recently, the financial crisis. His suggestion was to focus on sustainability and to increase European and international cooperation in the field of research and development.
The meeting with the Commissioner overcame all expectations. Not only was he able to answer all the questions proving an incredible knowledge, but also was he open for further discussion. The participants perceived him as very natural and honest, speaking to such a young audience for the first time.
This was certainly an one of a kind opportunity for the participants of the Y Vote on Multiculturalism in Ljubljana. Apart from that, they enjoyed a truly multicultural week in the capital of Slovenia.