European elections 2019: European youth to speak their mind at YEYS

Thirty-three schools from across Europe will come to Brussels next March to debate their views, hopes and expectations regarding the forthcoming European elections. They will come up with three proposals encapsulating their generation's topmost priorities. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will make sure their proposals reach the law-makers.

16- to 18-year old students from secondary schools all over Europe will come to Brussels on 21 and 22 March to share their views and ideas about the 2019 European elections and work together on #YEYSturns10: Vote for the future! One school from each of the 28 EU Member States and five candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) will be involved. A record 1 038 applications were received for this 10th anniversary.

The students will debate the following specific questions:

  • What in your view should be done to increase voter participation in the EP elections?
  • How can we strengthen representative democracy in the future?
  • What kind of political engagement exists beyond the European elections, and how would you take part in it?

During the YEYS plenary, the young people will vote on three proposals for the European Parliament to take on board in its campaign for the European elections.

Through this initiative, the EESC aims to ensure that the views, experiences and ideas of the younger generation are taken on board in EU policy making. (ks)