The euro turned twenty in 2019. The European currency was born on 1 January 1999. That means roughly one quarter of European citizens alive today are part of “Generation €uro” – they are younger than the euro; they have grown up using euro notes and cents all their lives.
The European Central Bank (ECB) is the institution responsible for supervising the euro. The decisions made by the ECB have an impact on your day-to-day life, and they are very much aware of that. The price of a loaf of bread or a litre of milk are determined partly by the ECB’s goal of price stability. The availability of money in the Eurozone and the interest rates charged on loans are all influenced by ECB policy.
That’s why the ECB is partnering with Debating Europe and Bocconi University for an online debate. They want to give you the chance to talk to ECB policymakers so you can ask any questions you have and share your views with them (very much like our #Ask event with ECB President Mario Draghi).
Think Europe can do more for its young people? This is the topic of the next #ECBYouthDialogue and you can take part! One of the ECB’s Executive Board members, Benoît Cœuré, will be answering your questions on 13 March at 18:00 CET in front of an audience at Bocconi University in Milan, and Debating Europe will be streaming the live Q&A.
Send us your questions by 6 March! You can write us a comment or question in the form below this post. The debate will focus on the challenges that young Europeans face today and how Europe can address them.
NOTE: Benoît Cœuré responded to a selection of Debating Europe comments during the event, and you can see his responses here. The full video from the event is also available.
What can Europe do for you? What can the ECB do to improve economic conditions and help address unemployment? Is Europe’s financial sector more stable and secure now? What are some of the current economic risks and opportunities in Europe? Will young people also feel the benefits of the current risks and opportunities in Europe? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll put a selection of them to ECB Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré!
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