European Year of Youth: what’s happened so far & what’s in store!

A group of friends with the EU flag. © European Union, 2020, Photographer Xavier Lejeune.

1. It’s time to unmute!

The European Year of Youth means that all young people should turn up the volume and really speak up for what they believe in! The new Voices Platform allows you to record your vision of Europe in your own voice.

2. Join the European Year of Youth online community

📸 Young people participating in a policy dialogue with Executive-Vice President, Frans Timmermans. © European Union, 2022. Photographer: Xavier Lejeune

3. Conference on the Future of Europe

Nicolas Morávek, the youngest participant in the Conference. © European Union, 2022, Photographer: Gabrielle Ferrandi

4. Over 3,000 activities worldwide

The European Year of Youth is following a bottom-up approach with thousands of activities and events taking place across Europe and beyond. The activities vary from debates to exhibitions and artistic performances, making the year interesting for everyone.

5. Competitions galore

The European Year of Youth also means exciting competitions for young people. These range from finding a snappy name for the new ‘EU space-based secure connectivity system’ (spot the challenge!) to publishing a video on social media and winning a free trip in Brussels to discuss the future of finance with Commissioner McGuiness. Check out the European Youth Portal to stay up to date on the competitions and opportunities in store for you!

5. Craving more insight? Check out the latest Flash Eurobarometer

As part of the European Year of Youth, we collected the opinions of young people across the continent. The results made it clear that the engagement and participation of young people is growing every year.

7. Hear what young people think

Vice-President Margaritis Schinas engaging in a policy dialogue with young people.
A preview of the speech by Anna Fratsyvir from Ukraine on solidarity.

8. Get to know the opportunities for young people

Want to learn how you can make use of the opportunities the European Union provides for young people? Check out all our programmes and funded opportunities, such as the European Solidarity Corps, Discover EU, Erasmus+ and many more.

Volunteers dancing during an intercultural night held by the European Solidarity Corps.

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