We should ask more from our institutions: Let’s do it.

Published: 04 December 2010


They have been travelling for all over Europe under the snow, they have big jackets and they just keep smiling all the time. They are the thirty three journalists covering the European Development Days, called thanks to a good idea of the European Journalism Center: if people don’t really want to cover this issue and the mondial press is not even sending journalists, young people will do the work instead of them. “Why Europe is not asking more?” This is the first question which open the session of training for the young journalists and Alexandra Lobao, one of the responsible asked it: “Seriously. We are just complaining about the distance of the European Union from the real people and from the real problems, but where is the starting point? Why the civil society is just not trying to ask explanations?” A short question that summarize an entire day of working for the young free lancers in Bruxelles. Philippe Loope, from the European Aid started the workshop, trying to explain from an institutional point of view what the Eu is actually doing; later it has been the turn of members of the Ngo Concorde, Meagen Baldwin and Roeland Scholtalbers, that showed the risks of an event so big and with no clear objectives. “ The money that the European Union is spending in this event, could have been a concrete action on the field for all the population that are still living in extreme poverty. But still, there is something that we can do. Until now the growth has been the tool for development, we just have to turn the affirmation and let the development be the tool for the growth.

After one day of presentation is clear that the event of EDD is not going to change the world and even less the action of the young journalists, but the choice is between complaining and doing something concrete: documenting it for example, is the first step. The words of Miss Baldwin has conquered the young journalists and maybe the right path to follow is the passion of that lady and the love that she shew in doing her job: if anybody can preserve her passion and honesty and concreteness, we will be on the proper way. To throw everything just before to start, would be a mistake: the thirty-three pens called by the European Journalism Center will do their job in this days, just to spread the message all over Europe. We should asking more from our institution, let’s do it: this is a real opportunity.

Martina Castigliani