Written by Tommaso Parlatore (EYE unit) and Richard Freedman (EPRS)
The European Youth Event (EYE2016) will take place in the European Parliament seat in Strasbourg on 20th-21st May 2016. It is a unique opportunity for 7000 young Europeans to make their voices heard.
During the event, the participants will exchange ideas and perspectives on youth-related issues and on the future of the European Union. The EYE will focus on 5 main themes:
- War and Peace: Perspectives for a Peaceful Planet,
- Apathy or Participation: Agenda for a Vibrant Democracy,
- Exclusion or Access: Crackdown on Youth Unemployment,
- Stagnation or Innovation: Tomorrow’s World of Work,
- Collapse or Success: New Ways for a Sustainable Europe.
The event will also provide an opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity within the European Union through the staging of various artistic performances and spectacles. Moreover, the European Youth Forum will bring its highly successful YO!Fest to Strasbourg, combining high-level political and educational activities with a buzzing, fun, festival atmosphere.
As follow-up, a report with the ideas discussed during the event will be made available to all Members of the European Parliament. As well, former EYE participants will have the opportunity to present the most concrete ideas produced by young people to a number of parliamentary committees and receive feedbacks from Members.
Learn more about the EYE2016:
The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) will provide a comprehensive service to the European Youth Event by providing independent authoritative and objectives background notes on each of the 20 topics that form part of the programme. From migration to climate to the future of the euro every topic will be covered by a tailored notes aimed at young people.
In addition, the EPRS is writing monthly blogs (from November 2015 to March 2016) highlighting each of the five main themes of the EYE.