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The EESC's event for young people

This animated video clip presents Your Europe Your Say, the annual event of the European Economic and Social Committee for young people. It explains how it works and how to participate.

YEYS,The EESC's event for young people

Your voice matters to us at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Your voice matters to us at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

We want to know what is important to young people in Europe, get their take on today’s challenges and work together to find solutions.

Our annual ‘Your Europe, Your Say!’ event (YEYS) in Brussels brings together 16-18-year-old students from all EU countries and the five candidate countries to debate today’s hot topics. During two days of dynamic discussions, participants share their own experiences and ideas, get a taste of how the European Union works, come up with proposals, and vote on resolutions for tackling the challenges facing Europe



About YEYS 2021

Our climate is changing faster than predicted, prompting scientists and youth activists from all over Europe to raise the alarm and call for action.

The EESC has supported the youth climate strikes on different occasions by providing various opportunities for youth climate activists.

In 2021, 'Your Europe, Your Say!' will go one step further in order to amplify the inspiring voice of young people. With the title 'Our climate, our future', the 12th YEYS edition will model a United Nations COP (Conference of the Parties) virtually.

Over 100 students from 27 Member States, the UK and the 5 EU candidate countries will meet online to simulate an international COP conference.

The 12th YEYS edition will provide a platform for our young people's fresh ideas on how to tackle the current climate crisis and how to achieve the 2050 climate-neutral ambitions.


the years

a young man shouting the title yeys through the years

TheYEYS community


About the EESC

The EESC ensures that society’s interest groups have a say in Europe’s development

The EESC issues opinions that help shape European policy

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Employers, trade unions and professional and community associations representing consumers, young people, people with disabilities and others all have a seat at the table.

As a consultative body, the EESC issues opinions that help shape European policy, giving it a distinct place in the EU’s decision-making process.

eesc for young people

eesc for young people

Young people come to YEYS to tell the EU what matters to them and to share their ideas for their future in Europe. Although issues have moved on and off the radar over the years, there have been some constants.

Check out the summaries of EESC’s work on the topics that mattered most: