Registration and selection

I would like to register for the event. What should I do?

Schools and/or teachers must fill in a registration form. This means that only the school principal or the teacher who wishes to participate can submit their application, on behalf of the school. The deadline will be published on YEYS's website.
Can students register their school independently?

Students may not register their school themselves, nor can they apply individually.
How many schools will be able to take part in the exercise and how will they be selected?

Lots will be drawn among the schools that have registered on the website by the stated deadline. Only one school per country will be chosen to participate in the virtual event. The school will also receive a visit from an EESC member. The schools taking part will be informed individually and must put forward the name of the supervising teacher and the three students who will participate in the event.
What level of language knowledge must the students have in order to take part in the workshops?

No certificate or diploma proving a specific level of language knowledge is required. However, the students selected and their teacher must be able to express themselves in English so as to facilitate communication and discussion during the event.
How should schools select the students who will participate?

Each school is free to set its own selection criteria, which must be clear, fair and non-discriminatory. For gender equality reasons, the students selected should not all be of the same sex (unless they come from single-sex schools). Pupils with disabilities are welcome to take part.
How can I contact the organisers of the event? How will I be contacted if my school is selected?

You can contact the organisers by sending an email to: youreuropeateesc [dot] europa [dot] eu. The organisers will contact the school by email. You must therefore ensure that the email address entered on the registration form is valid and you must check your email regularly.
Is my school allowed to register more than once?

Only one application per school will be accepted. If your school is not selected this year, you can apply next year. If your school is selected for participation, you will not be able to apply again immediately next year, but you can do so later on.

Profile of the candidates

What is the age range for students who wish to participate in YEYS? Can they be older than 18 when the event takes place?

Students between 16 and 18 years old at the time of application will be considered valid candidates.
Can students in their last year of high school participate?

We usually propose YEYS to students in their penultimate year because those in the last year might be busy with their exams. Nevertheless, since it depends on the school system of every country, in specific cases we will consider the candidacy of students who are not in their penultimate year of secondary school.

Preparations for the event

How should students and teachers prepare for the event?

An EESC member will visit the participating schools, either online or in person, to explain the role of the EESC as a consultative body for the various European institutions, and its involvement in the decision-making process. He/she will also explain the structure of the event and what will be expected from the school delegation. The EESC member's travel expenses will be paid by the Committee. Furthermore, a set of documents needed for preparation will be sent by email in due time, including a working document aimed at helping the students get ready for the online event.

The event

How long will the event last?

The event will last for one and a half days, starting on 31 March 2022 at 1 p.m. Brussels time.
Will the entire event be webstreamed?

The event is scheduled to take place 100% virtually, but only the programme's opening and closing sessions will be webstreamed. The entire event will be recorded and the EESC will use these recordings strictly for communication purposes and for the event's campaign.
What is the role of the supervising teacher?

The supervising teacher is the person who will liaise between the EESC and participants. He or she will ensure that all participants receive the necessary information and documentation, and will be responsible for all the preparatory work. Should the teacher fall ill or be unable for any other reason to attend the session, he or she must be replaced by a colleague.
What is the role of the supervising teacher during the event?

The supervising teacher is invited to follow the event online and to liaise with the YEYS team in order to deal with any issues that might arise. During the pupils' workshops, all the teachers will be invited to attend a separate programme, in which they will be hosted by representatives of the various EU institutions in Brussels.
Can a school have more than one supervising teacher?

The project provides for the three students to be supervised by one teacher.