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Country of origin: Estonia
Country of residence: Singapore
Q: How does the EU influence your day-to-day life?
A: I guess it is embedded in many goods and services I have access to, be it through trade, monetary support or shared culture. I think the influence of the EU is not really something we think about on day-to-day bases, but the fact that it was created to sustain peace through interdependence of the member states can also mean that the fact that I have been born and grown up in time of peace can also be seen as an influence of the EU.
Q: When you think about the EU, what is the first picture that comes to your mind?
A: The European Parliament hall.
Q: End the sentence: “Twenty years from now the EU … “
A: … will hopefully have taken more radical and binding steps in terms of waste and clean energy, adapting more to a circular economy model to be a forward thinking trend setter for the rest of the world.
Q: Choose three adjectives for the EU!
A: Supportive, cautious, modest
Q: Explain the EU to an 8-year-old child (in elementary school) in one sentence.
A: European Union is a group of countries in Europe that have agreed to work together and help each other, so all of them can live a better and more peaceful life.
Q: If the EU was an animal, what would it be and why?
A: Like a family labrador – can be energetic, but often quite slow, and the behavior depends a lot on who is in the family, but everyone agrees that it is quite cute.
Q: Is there a dish (in your country) that describes Europe best, and why?
A: I don’t really want to feed into the eastern European stereotype, but the potato? You never really notice how important of a role it plays on your table until someone starts talking about taking it away…