We strive to inform people in Europe, especially the youth, in order to equip them with the needed knowledge and to encourage them to be engaged in the democratic process in the future. We are therefore motivated to increase the participation and youth engagement in Europe and want to increase our understanding of the EU, tackle mistrust and apathy amongst the citizens through peer-to-peer education.

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Results of the Final Conference

It seems like just yesterday, we finished our series of Conventions with our Final Conference. We have had eight events since November 2018, and it’s time to wrap-up and reflect. Not so long ago I was merely an activist going out every sunday to participate in Pulse of Europe demonstrations, during that time I experienced unexpected frustration when looking at the average age of those who attended. One group somehow always failed to come in large numbers, and that group was the youth. Sure there were young people there but nowhere close to the amount there should have been. Whilst I was still studying Political Sciences, when trying to convince some other students to participate, I mostly ended up in a pro-con ideological debate with students blindly following ideologies branding the EU as a behemoth of bureaucracy and inefficiency, as  a slave of big business lobbies or as the main robber of personal freedoms. What my fellow students failed to understand is that the European Union can change for the better, but how can something change if no one goes out there to show support for the idea. By joining the Y Vote Project team later on I was able to address this issue and this frustration I had with youth not speaking up when it came to the European Union. During all of our previous Conventions I was overwhelmed by the amount of extremely motivated, intelligent and talented young people who were ready to come together and discuss rather complicated issues and create the Recommendations. Later on we ended up so close to the European elections for the final Convention in Torino with many great participants willing to share and discuss what others had prepared. They were there to follow that vision which we had planned since the start of this […]

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Recommendations on Health & Well-Being

Health and well-being have a direct and very visible impact on everyday life. It became visible during the Convention on Health & Well-Being, that especially Mental Health is not yet enough in the focus of policies and talked about in societies. The various existing policy measures concerning health were discussed and it was made clear that the EU already tackles many issues such as tobacco or nutrition. Still, the discussions underlined that there are many health issues to solve still, such as obesity or cardiovascular diseases.

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Recommendations on Youth & the World

Human Rights issues are not easy to tackle and there are many different areas to talk about. During the convention, the participants gained insights into various of these areas, to become aware of how many discussions and problems there are in Europe when it comes to Human Rights. Most dominant were discussions about the situation in Hungary and Poland, the Rule of Law, the situation with migrants in Europe, women’s rights, as well as Equal Rights, but also Human Rights how the EU can and should react to Human Rights violations outside of its borders.

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Recommendations on Social Inclusion

“United in diversity” is the motto of the EU. It еmbodies the importance of the different cultures and people within the Union. And social inclusion has always been a core value for the European identity. Social inclusion is a broad issue that collocates various topics on the continent like gender equality, acceptance of the LGBTQI+ community, accessibility to disabled people. Unfortunately, a significant group of young people in Europe is part of the NEETs (young people not in employment, education or training) group. The youth in Europe needs to be better included in society regardless of their social, economic or political background.

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