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    La Fundación Secretariado Gitano ha sido galardonada con el primer premio por su proyecto sobre juventud, mientras que la iniciativa de la ONG rumana SUS INIMA fue el proyecto más votado de los que prestan apoyo a la población ucraniana, que sufre la brutal invasión rusa de su país. Entre los ganadores también se encuentra la Fundación Villavecchia, que se ha hecho con el segundo premio por su proyecto de ayuda a niños ucranianos enfermos de cáncer.

  • On 15 December, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will award its 2022 Civil Society Prize to six organisations, from Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Spain.

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    Las fundaciones Secretariado Gitano y Villavecchia, dos organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro españolas, han sido preseleccionadas para el Premio Sociedad Civil 2022 del CESE, que este año se otorga en dos categorías: el empoderamiento de la juventud y la ayuda a las víctimas de la guerra de Ucrania. La Fundación Secretariado Gitano ha sido seleccionada como finalista para la categoría sobre juventud junto con otros dos proyectos: uno de Italia y otro de Portugal. Por su parte, la Fundación Villavecchia compite por el premio de la categoría relativa a Ucrania junto con otros dos proyectos: uno de Polonia y otro de Rumanía.

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    Are you ready for our annual YEYS! event, where students from all over Europe have their say on their active citizenship in a participatory democracy? If yes, join us!

    Your Europe, Your Say! (YEYS!) will run its 14th edition this year, returning to in-person format after three years. It is called "Youth Democracy Dialogues", and will take place between 23 and 24 March 2023.

  • European organised civil society and citizens have shown unprecedented solidarity with Ukrainian refugees, throwing open their homes, helping these refugees enter the labour market and quickly integrating Ukrainian children into European schools. The EU should now learn from this success story to help all refugees and migrants, the 2022 Forum said.

  • During its September plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own-initiative opinion on the EU Youth Test. For years, young people have demanded that their voices be heard in decision-making processes. With this opinion, the EESC becomes the first EU body to support their call for a mechanism to assess the impact of future legislation on youth.

  • To secure a more prosperous future for their citizens, Western Balkan governments need to address the problems encountered by young people, who hold the key to such a future. Sufficient and transparent budget allocations for youth policy development and the inclusion of young people in the EU accession process are a prerequisite for facilitating positive changes and improving the situation of young people in the region.

  • The EESC held a public hearing in preparation for an own-initiative opinion on The EU Youth Test. The event provided an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other Member States that have already implemented similar youth test approaches, as well as to consider youth participation in the context of Europe's future.

  • On 29 June, the Civil Society Organisations' Group (Group III) held a webinar entitled Youth in the post-war reconstruction process. The webinar was organised in the context of the European Year of Youth 2022 and moderated by Group III Member Katrīna Leitāne, who is chairing the EESC coordination group for the European Year.

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    Crear un futuro mejor para los jóvenes y ayudar a las víctimas ucranianas de la guerra son los dos temas del Premio Sociedad Civil del CESE de este año.