YEYS turns 10: Vote for the future!

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Dear Sir/Madam,

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is launching its tenth "Your Europe, Your Say" event, which will take place in Brussels on 21-22 March 2019.

As part of the "Your Europe, Your Say" (YEYS) event, 33 schools (from the 28 EU Member States and the five EU candidate countries) will be invited to Brussels to participate in a debate on a topical issue that concerns young people.

The title of the upcoming event is "YEYS turns 10: Vote for the future!" with a view to the European Parliament elections in 2019. Students will be asked to express their opinion on questions such as:

  • What role should young citizens play in the construction of Europe and how can they participate more?
  • What can Europe do to convince more young people to take part in elections and what impact might their vote have?
  • How can we strengthen democracy in Europe and improve the ways in which the public is informed about EU policies in order to combat misinformation?
  • How can young people in Europe help to make the European Union more democratic and more participatory?

If your institution is a secondary-level school, of any type, in one of the 28 Member States or one of the five candidate countries, we strongly encourage you to send in an participate in the 2019 YEYS event

Schools will be chosen by drawing lots and the winners will spend three days in Brussels.

If your school is selected, you may send three pupils who are in their penultimate year to attend, accompanied by a teacher. The EESC will cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals served during the event.

They will meet pupils from the other countries, with whom they will be able to exchange views and draw up resolutions on themes related to the European Union. This is a unique opportunity for them to gain a better understanding of how the EU works and to take part in an assembly-style debate in a multicultural environment.

Interpreting will be provided in English and French during the plenary sessions, while the preparatory working group meetings will be conducted in English.

EESC members will visit the selected schools to prepare the students for the debates in Brussels. Documentation and teaching materials will be sent to schools ahead of these visits.

On our website you will find a detailed description of the event, a video of the 2018 YEYS event, the online registration form, rules and all practical information.

The deadline for applications is 18 November 2018.

We look forward to welcoming you to Brussels!

Yours faithfully,

Isabel Caño Aguilar
EESC Vice-President for Communication


Presentation of the event by the EESC Vice-President for Communication

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