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Krzysztof Hetman

is 41. He comes from Lublin . He’s been the Vice-President of
People’s Party in Poland since 2012. Since 2014, he’s been
one of the 51 Polish Members of the European Parliament .

On 16th March 2015 we paid
Mr Hetman a short visit to his
office, to ask him a few
questions concerning youth
in Poland and Europe in general.

Natalia (N): Which, in your opinion, are the most serious problems affecting young people
in Poland and other European countries?

Krzysztof Hetman (KH): I have no doubts, that the major concern among youth in all
European countries is employment, especially in the Southern Europe. High level

of education, unfortunately does not result in many job-opportunities. Still, education
helps young people to prepare themselves for challenges that they are going to face
during adulthood.
What is more, we live in a society, that promotes materialism. Various commercials
present standard of living that is quite different than the reality for many households.
As a consequence, the majority of adolescents want to get everything immediately.
They deffinately need to learn to be more patient and „earn” what they get.

Bartek (B): What do you think about so called ‘moral depravity of the youth’?

KH: I strongly disagree with the statement. Nowadays, the media have gained power over
the messages we receive daily, and every accident, or crime commited by the young is
made publicly known. I don’t think one should pay too much attention to such news. I

can still remember many odd and controversial ideas my friends used to have when I
was a teenager.
I also believe there are others to blame for adolescents’ misbehaviour, for example

schools, who don’t organize interesting activities for children, or parents who don’t
spend enough time with their kids.

N: Young people need good examples in their life. Who was, or is your role model?

KH: The person who palyed a significant role in my own life was my late drama teacher, who
taught us what life could be through literature, poetry and drama.
But to tell you the truth, since everyone makes mistakes I don’t believe we should have
only one role model. Every person who is wise and who does good is worthy and
admirable.

B: How do you think young people should be motivated to involve in their communities?

KH: To answer the question I think I have to start by saying, that teenagers tend to avoid face
to face contact with their mates. They rarely meet and cooperate in real life, which is an
obstacle to the creation of democratic society. I’m not trying to say that every student

should be a member of the school self-government, that’s not possible, but everyone
should at least be involved in the elections.
I also believe that active grown-ups are those who can teach how to make democratic

decisions and make young people become active. I believe the project you are
participating in is in fact coordinated by such teachers – creative and innovative, who
always want to develop and expand.

N: What would you advise to young and active people who would like to work in the
European government in the future?

KH: First and formost is the knowledge of two or three foreign languages. English is very
useful, but it would be ideal to know French and German as well. Without good education
many opportunities that young people would have benefited from will be lost.
And tough its a cliché, you have to believe in yourselves!

N&B: Thank you very much !