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A Europe of my grandchildren

How can we ensure the future of the European Project in the coming decades?

Firstly, I doubt that there will be a European Project for my grandchildren (if I have any at all?) The problem is divided into certain reasons of why there might not be a future. If I were to have grandchildren and they were British citizens (unless I marry a someone from the EU 27 or if my children marry someone from the EU) then I do not think they will have access to European Citizenship. Brexit is the reason for this. My grandchildren would not be concerned necessarily with the European project because I believe that the UK by my estimations and how things are going at the moment, would have only just left the EU by then.

Secondly, and more importantly than some nationalistic identity issues, the human race might cease to exist by the time I find someone who is willing to marry me and have my children. This is due to the ever encroaching, partially apocalyptic climate disaster which this generation is facing. Not to be too nihilistic, but global warming and climate change has the potential to eliminate all life on planet Earth (not Elon Musk though, as he will be on Mars starting his colony of humans, composed entirely of Silicon-Valley billionaires, Saudi Princes and Grimes). In order to avoid Elon Musk being the last aerobic respiratory object to bare the moniker Homo Sapien, the EU and the biggest economies around the world must work together to invest in Green technologies and alternatives.

In regard to the European Union, it must stop its predatory capitalitic impulses of austerity and consolidation in private debts, and look to investment in technologies and policies that will stop increasing global temperatures and environmental devastation. The EU has the power to change its policies towards climate change, it just needs progressive internationalist members who are willingly to defy corporate interest and help people and the planet, this is how we ensure the European Project will grow and survive.

Text written in May 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

James Garn, from the United Kingdom. My interests include photography, music (especially: jazz, hip/hop, and reggae), and philosophy.


Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.