Our discussions in The Hague continued this morning on how we economic and social committees and councils, particularly as consultative bodies, might help engage younger generations in the socio-political and economic processes of our societies. There is a sense – polling evidence, including Eurobarometer, strongly confirms this – of a growing gap in the perceptions of younger and older Europeans about what is best for society. Younger people sense that as demography increasingly tilts our societies towards the old, so their needs and views will be neglected or undervalued. The primary risk is clear: the dwindling relevance to the young of traditional intermediate structures, where younger Europeans will increasingly be outnumbered. At the same time those same younger Europeans will increasingly be relied upon to finance the pensions and services of the older majority. Worse, they will continue to be among the most vulnerable to the consequences of the current crisis. This issue of intergenerational solidarity will become increasingly pressing, hence our discussions about the contributions we might make to ensure that the young feel involved, relevant, and heard and that they continue to engage in the socio-political and economic structures and processes that are the stuff of governance, both at member state and European level. For the EU, as one participant pointedly observed, the consequences are already being felt; his children feel less European than he does.