The results are in!
After an impressive 687 applications to take part in Your Europe, Your Say! (YEYS) 2017, 33 schools from 28 EU Member States and five EU candidate countries have been selected to take part.
2017 is a very important year for Europe, as it marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome establishing the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the European Union.
Young people represent Europe’s future, and they will decide the direction of the EU in the years to come. The EESC, as the "voice" of civil society, is eager to ensure that the views, experiences and ideas of Europe’s younger generation are heard.
That is why the EESC has invited secondary-school students in their penultimate year from different types of secondary schools across the 28 Member States of the EU and the five EU candidate countries (Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) to come to Brussels on 30-31 March 2017 to debate Europe at 60: Where to next?, the topic of YOUR EUROPE, YOUR SAY! 2017 (#YEYS2017).
Participating students will work together on various aspects of this subject, such as:
At the end of the event, the young participants will have the opportunity to present their recommendations on the future of Europe to EESC members and to vote for the three they judge to be the most important for taking the European Union forward. In the run up to the visit to Brussels, an EESC member will visit the selected schools for a debate on European integration and the role of European civil society. Documentation and supporting material will be sent to the selected schools.
YEYS 2017 offers a unique opportunity to youngsters to speak to policy-makers about the challenges and opportunities facing Europe, while at the same time learning about the EU and the EESC's role within it.
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