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Dear readers,

It is a pleasure for me to kick off this special issue of our newsletter dedicated to our annual event for young people, Your Europe, Your Say! (YEYS). I strongly believe in the idea that everyone has to be heard; this is why the voice of young Europeans is as important for us as anyone else's.

As 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, we asked the students to focus on this theme. Over the two-day event, we were presented with some inspiring ideas on how to embrace and share our diverse and unique European culture.

In short

Members' involvement

A special thank you goes to all the members who visited the schools for their commitment in preparing the students for their debate in Brussels:  Martina Širhalová, Dimitar Manolov, Baiba Miltoviča, Piroska Kállay, Séamus Boland, Marie Zvolská, Ionuţ Sibian, Roman Haken, Volker Petersen, Stéphane Buffetaut, Gintaras Morkis, Roman Haken, Cristian Pîrvulescu, Andreas Pavlikkas, Brendan Burns, Renate Heinisch, Alfred Gajdosik,  Emilio Fatovic, Pirkko Raunemaa, Josiane Willems, Mário Soares, Martin Siecker, Arno Metzler, Andrés Barceló Delgado, Krzysztof Pater, Marina Škrabalo, Eve Päärendson, Ronny Lannoo, Evangelia Kekeleki, Sofia Björnsson, Primož Šporar, Stefano Mallia.

The other ideas on European cultural heritage

YEYS students put forward and voted on 10 proposals. Here are the other seven, together with the number of votes they received:


Your Europe, Your Say 2018: Inspiring ideas for finding unity in diverse European culture

European young people say that greater opportunities for learning languages through travelling, more accessible European cultural sites and preserving our culture through national cuisine and crafts can inspire young Europeans to discover different cultures and gain a better understanding of our common cultural heritage. These recommendations to EU policymakers were suggested by 99 students from across Europe, who took part in the annual youth event Your Europe, Your Say (YEYS) 2018. Organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the event took place in Brussels for the ninth year running.

Your Europe, Your Say – Fact and figures

"Your Europe, Your Say!" is the EESC's annual youth event. Every year around 100 students from 33 secondary schools across Europe gather at the EESC to discuss the most important European issues and draw up resolutions addressed to the EU institutions.

Marking its 9th anniversary, this year's YEYS focused on the role of culture in the future of Europe - a hot issue as 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage - as seen from the perspective of young Europeans, and on what they could do to improve it.

In the students' own words

EESC Info interviewed the students who came up with the winning proposals while they were still in the making. In these video interviews the students make the case for their ideas.