ERJ staff report (LMH)
Brussels - Ten young people from across Europe have been selected as finalists of the 'Ask a CEO' competition organised by Our Future Mobility Now (OFMN), an initiative led by the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA). The finalists, recently selected by OFMN and the youth think-tank Think Young, are now going forward for an online public vote for the best entry.
These ten young people have also been selected to attend a roundtable debate on 'Innovation for Europe, Skills for the Future'. This event will take place in Brussels, 10 Oct, with the 'Ask a CEO' finalists taking a seat at the table with some of Europe's most important policy makers and automobile company chiefs.
Young people entered a great range of questions, mostly in video formats. Among the first to enter the competition was Lilo, 19, from Germany, who asked why she could buy fair trade orange juice but not a 'fair trade car', a thoughtful examination of the sustainability of automotive production.
Mathias, 24, from Austria but living in London, questioned the continued relevance of the car, asking 'how is the industry dealing with the fact that the world is becoming more urban, with the demand for cars slowly decreasing?'
As well as the public award, the finalists will be eligible for a prize awarded by the CEOs for their preferred question. Both awards will be handed out on 10 Oct.
The ten videos and the online poll can be found at www.futuremobilitynow.com. Voting is open until 30 Sept 2012.
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Press release from ACEA