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#EusprYng Episode 5: Meet our Spanish characters

This week meet our Spanish characters: Dario Castañé, the Pirate et Luis Cereijo, the Lobbyist.

Dario Castañé, the Pirate

 

Dario Castañe is 28 years old he’s from Barcelona in Cataluña and number one on the list for the Confederación Pirata in Spain. He works as a system administrator (i.e. computer geek, well he’s a Pirate after all!) and during his free time he likes to create websites to spread information about politics, free culture and tools to improve the world. He’s also a Twitter addict so don’t hesitate to engage with him on the social media!

According to him, Member States of the European Union need to cooperate more instead of competing with each other. He feels like by bringing together different views and turning those into viable policies, Member States can tackle EU’s main issues. “The EU’s spirit fits this feeling and works towards it”. He envisions the United States of Europe as a common project to improve the world.

He was always interested in politics as he grew up reading newspapers and magazines, learning about society and its issues. But he really jumped into it four years ago when his mother got sick and saw for himself  how the system (social & political) in Spain wasn’t working for her. He then joined the Pirate party in Cataluña. He choose that party because… well he likes being a Pirate! On the serious side of things, it’s because they have the kind of internal democracy other parties don’t. Plus he believes that “traditional” parties are more interested in peoples’ vote than in their voice or solving their everyday problems.

He’s our pirate!

Luis Cereijo, the Lobbyist

 

 

Luis Cereijo is 27 years old and a student in Spain. He was elected chairperson of CREUP, the Spanish Students Union, last February. Before that he was elected president of his University’s Local Union, in Alcalá University. He decided to run for Students’ representative positions because he wanted “to change things, to try to cooperate [with other universities] and make a better university in my city, my region and my country”. According to him “now, it’s time for commitment, it’s not the time to sit still at home but time to speak up and to fight!”.

CREUP represents the 800,000 students of the Spanish Public Universities. It stands for students rights and finding ways to improve the public university system. CREUP is also part of the European Students Union or ESU (lien). As such they are going to lobby candidates from all political parties running for the European parliament elections and ask them to pledge to their “Vote for Education” manifesto.

Spain has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the Eurozone. Despite that fact there have been major budget cuts in education, grants and social services for young people. And over the past three years while university fees doubled! Those cuts pushed many young Spaniards to leave their country to try and find better living conditions elsewhere in Europe and the world.

“We young people” from Spain, declares Luis, “we are not willing to give up on our future […] and our dreams”.

He’s our lobbyist!

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#EusprYng Teaser: How the Y generation is changing the World!

EusprYng was inspired by the Arab spring but not only. For three years now youth worldwide has been rising demanding that the political sphere hear them out and take them into consideration. To me it feels like a new generation is standing up for itself and I have to admit I am really proud to be part of it!

But then I asked myself what can I do to also help shape a new world or at least a new European Union? So I have decided to do what (I believe) I do best! Report and talk about it but also give a new perspective on the so-called Y generation. That’s how the idea of EusprYng started to grow a year ago. And now it’s finally here!

In Europe we have seen young people protest in Spain, in the UK, in Romania and even in Brussels in front of the European institutions. But so far we could not see real change!

Now that the European parliament elections are coming up my aim is to focus on young people that might be able to transform youth (and general) frustration toward the European Union into real change for our society.

EusprYng is an on line experience where all opinions are welcomed as long as they observe the obvious rules of respect for others.

So don’t hesitate to engage with me and to let me know of initiatives taken by young people across Europe and the World that could transform our society.

I hope you will enjoy it!