JAMKO and Jamk on the same page on EU election themes

Vesa Saarikoski, Rector of Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, and Annu Suvilehto, Chair of the Board of the Student Union JAMKO, agree on the most important themes for the EU elections. They both highlighted the most important remarks from the EU election programmes of the Association of Rectors of Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene ry) and SAMOK & SYL, the representative organizations student unions in Finland

Vesa Saarikoski sees investing in education as an advantage for the whole of Europe, together with Arene ry.

“Education is the strongest investment in Europe’s future. To boost competitiveness, we need to invest more in the development of the European education area. Finnish MEPs must recognise the strengths of universities of applied sciences in building European and Finnish knowledge and prosperity!”

Annu Suvilehto sees the themes raised by the student advocacy organisations SAMOK and SYL as important from an equality perspective.

“Improving access to education is a common European task and should be actively promoted. The education of under-represented groups should be supported by reasonable adjustments. Continuous learning must be made accessible throughout the European Union, regardless of background or socio-economic status. EU Member States must ensure that students have an adequate income during their studies.”

The EU elections will be held in Finland on 9 June 2024, with advance voting taking place in Finland from 29 May to 4 June 2024 and abroad from 29 May to 1 June. 15 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be elected from Finland in the 2024 EU elections.

The Student Union invites all students to change Europe by voting in the EU elections! JAMKO and HUMAKO, the Student Union Humak UAS, are organising a joint voting event on 29 May at 17.00. We will gather at Kompass at 17.00 and proceed to the nearest polling station in the Tawast shopping centre at 17:15 to vote. You will need a photo ID to go with you.

You are eligible to vote in the European elections in Finland if you are:

  • at least 18 years old on election day
    a Finnish or an EU citizen with a legal residence in Finland, or a Finnish citizen residing abroad.
  • See also Right to vote in Finland.

A limited number of overall patches will also be distributed, so come early!

For more information: pj@jamko.fi

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