Yesterday I have been nominated by President-elect of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen for Vice-President of European Commission for Democracy and Demography.
Coming from the youngest Member State of European Union, this represents a great honour for me personally, but for my country as well. Now, the challenge lies ahead of us - to bring Europe closer to our citizens.
In the challenging times for European Union, we need to improve participation in our democracy. We want all voices to be heard equally and to answer to the needs of Europeans. That is how we will also have a strong impact on demographic change. Together with my team, I will analyse how the demographic change impacts different groups in society. Furthermore, I will work closely with Member States and regions to undertake an extensive mapping exercise and look at how best to support those regions most in need of targeted reforms or investment.
Great importance of my work will be shown in long-term vision for rural areas helping them in facing set of issues - from demographic change to connectivity, the risk of poverty and limited access to services.
We will support the areas which are mostly affected by "brain drain", including through the Youth Guarantee. I will present Green Paper on ageing, launching a wide debate on long- term impacts, notably on care and pensions, and on how to foster active ageing.
I will be glad to work on better reconciling work and family and supporting people throughout their careers, which has always been a huge area of my work and interest. That will include investing in the future of our children, ensuring access to all the needed services for them and, above all, protecting children's rights.
I am honoured to be in charge of Conference on the Future of Europe, which will provide a wide debate, clear objectives and a tangible follow-up on what is agreed, but mostly - bring together citizens of all ages from across our Union.
In order to accomplish the above mentioned, experience as a Member of the European Parliament will be of great help for me. Building a consensus and having an open and cooperative approach is a key for policy making. That is what I will always strive for.
Our mission is to close the gap between the institutions and citizens, to listen to the voice of Europeans and to make their life easier with our policies.
You can find my Mission Letter on the following link: