The European Youth Event (EYE) is a great opportunity for young people from all around Europe to get involved in political decisions and to make their voices and concerns heard. This year’s event will take place on the 1st-2nd of June in Strasbourg and it will enable participants to discuss important decisions for the EU, and to talk to the decision-makers. There had been two earlier events in 2014 and 2016, where up to 7500 young people attended and came up with a lot of inspiring ideas. The event is a great opportunity for either side: young people can make an impact on Europe’s future and European politicians can get inspired by young people’s perspectives on crucial issues. This June, more than 8000 young Europeans are going to discuss various topics grouped under these themes:
-Young and old: Keeping up with the digital revolution
-Rich and poor: Calling for a fair share
-Apart and together: Working out for a stronger Europe
-Safe and dangerous: Staying alive in turbulent times
-Local and global: Protecting our planet
To make this event a success, and to ensure it has a long-term influence, a team of young journalists will be preparing reports including the best ideas and suggestions to be shared with MEPs.
As it is an important time for the UK in terms of formulating the relationship with the European Union, it is crucial for young people from the UK to work together with other young people from Europe to make their voices and opinions heard in order to change and improve Europe as a union. It is the future of young people that will be affected through the decisions made in the following years and therefore it is massively important to take the opportunity provided through the EYE to get involved and help bring about a brighter future.