Wednesday, 27 May 2020 14:13

Giffoners meet the European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel: "Giffoni is an even more necessary place today"

"Happy 50th birthday, Giffoni!", Was the greeting from Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth who held a special webinar, promoted by Giffoni Innovation Hub, with nine giffoners from different European countries. Giffoni Opportunity director, Claudio Gubitosi who announced the presence of the European Commissioner in Giffoni during 2020 on the occasion of the 50th edition of the Giffoni Film Festival, acted as host: "We represent a beautiful European creative history - declared the director Gubitosi - a story that turns fifty. With people such as the Commissioner Gabriel, we can rest assured that Europe is in good hands".
"Thank you for this invitation - Commissioner Gabriel began on the live streaming - Giffoni is one of the most well-known and appreciated film festivals in the world. You are unique and represent a beautiful European story. The most necessary festival as defined by Truffaut. I say it is an even more necessary place now. All the disciplines that fall within my competences belong to me, I feel them as deeply mine. Cinema for young people today represents a great opportunity because they can enjoy the European cinematographic tradition but it is important that they are aware of the importance of the cultural moment we are experiencing".
"This comparison - added the Commissioner - was very enriching. Interaction with young people is very close to my heart. We are proud of these young people who must be aware that Europe considers their expectations very carefully and respectfully. Young people can be a great stimulus for us thanks to the images, lights, sounds, dialogues, special effects that  they can create. The doors of my heart are open for young people. Believe in yourself and dare and you will have our support".
The meeting was animated by the ideas and questions of Leona Jarikj (15, North Macedonia), Stefani Dimitrova (17, Bulgaria), Adrián Sánchez Martínez (19, Spain), Leonardo Venturi (20, Italy), Benedetta Torre (22 old, Italy), Arvid Scott (19, Sweden), Matteo Palumbo (20, Italy), Alessandra Stauder (25, Italy) and Domenico Benvenuto (24, Italy).
Many topics were addressed during the webinar: from creativity to innovation up to the importance of digital and the need to insist on education and knowledge: "For all of this - commented Commissioner Gabriel - we aim at supporting clusters and programs. I refer to the Erasmus Plus program and, again, to the need for a link with Horizon 2020 and, furthermore, to the hypothesis of a specific cluster for culture. All with the aim of helping to form a new European ruling class".
Research that can be even more effective if you invest in young people deserves a separate reference: "European research nights - she continued - represent an important event because they show us researchers as European citizens and research needs young people in Europe because there is a need for a multidisciplinary approach that only young people can guarantee. In this regard, making alliances and agreements between European universities is of great importance".
This all falls in the frame of digital: "It represents our present - continued Mariya Gabriel - We must therefore intervene on connectivity. There are many children who still do not have access to any digital devices today. Of course, then there is the topic of fake news, disinformation and the secure internet on which we are also working, especially with the platforms that have responsibilities in this sense and then we must work with teachers and parents. We created the "Safer internet for you" platform, a platform for children with 1800 free materials and I asked young people to be ambassadors for this campaign. We had a really important result. I hope the campaign can continue".
The fight is against stereotypes for a freer Europe: "For the first time - she explained - we have a President of the European Commission who is a woman and there are many female Commissioners. We work to be more inclusive, to have more women in institutions, to give more space to people who are creative and innovative. Education is a pillar. And we must work to give opportunities to these new generations".