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President Sepi: Creativity and sustainability go together

This was the message from Mario Sepi, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in a Spring Day 2009 online debate on this website on 8 June 2009.

The debate, which was in French and Italian, was on a “hot” topic: the economic crisis and solutions for moving beyond it through innovation. Mr. Sepi, on behalf of the EESC, which gives representatives of Europe's socio-occupational interest groups and others a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues, explained some of the reasons for the current economic crisis and how long it is expected to last.

Referring to the young generation and the impact of the crisis on their future, Mr. Sepi said:

The new generation will certainly be affected by the crisis, because there will be considerable problems in the employment market over the next few months. Take for example those who will be graduating this year: they will have a very hard time finding a job. In the long run, the crisis might have a positive result and provide us with a qualitative and sustainable development model. In the meantime, the public authorities must provide the young either with a job or with a proper education.

Answering a question on the relationship between innovation and capitalism, Mr. Sepi said that “innovation is stimulated by a capitalist system, but it must be accompanied by a sustainable economy, as creativity and sustainability go together.”

This was the last in the series of Spring Day 2009 online debates which were organised between March and June 2009. Teachers and their students from 105 schools all over Europe had the opportunity to interact with eight key public figures: EC Vice President Wallström, EP President Pöttering, Commissioner Figel, EESC President Sepi, CoR Vice-President Delebarre, Professor Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Domenico Lenarduzzi and Marc Levy.

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24/06/2009 by: Petru Dumitru