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#EYE2016: Parliament welcomes 7,500 young Europeans

Tuesday 5 April 2016

A European Youth Event (EYE) taking place at the Parliament in Strasbourg on 20-21 May will be a unique opportunity for 7,500 young Europeans to make their voices heard.

At a time when Europe is facing crises on many fronts, participants aged 16-30 will exchange ideas and perspectives on the EU's future and other youth-related issues.

As a follow-up, a report with the ideas discussed at the EYE will be presented to MEPs. Follow #EYE2016 for all the news in the run-up to the event.

This year's EYE will focus on five main themes:

  • War and Peace: perspectives for a peaceful planet
  • Apathy or Participation: agenda for a vibrant democracy
  • Exclusion or Access: crackdown on youth unemployment
  • Stagnation or Innovation: tomorrow's world of work
  • Collapse or Success: new ways for a sustainable Europe.

More than 150 activities will take place while more than 50 youth groups and organisations will help to organise about half of these activities. Ideas by participants could even serve to inspire MEPs as they will be discussed by several parliamentary committees this autumn.

Those attending EYE not only come from all EU states but also from candidate and neighbouring countries.  In a welcome letter to participants, EP President Martin Schulz wrote: "With your contribution to a vibrant European democracy, you will make the difference in the future. This leaves me optimistic regarding the huge tasks in front of us."

Along with key political issues, the programme will touch upon culture, science and societal change. Among the confirmed guest speakers are Denis Mukwege, Sakharov prize laureate 2014; Ensaf Haidar, wife of 2015 Sakharov prize winner Raif Badawi; European Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

EYE will not be limited to those in attendance; young people across Europe will be able to participate online. Young Europeans can use the official event page on Facebook to discuss EYE-related topics.

Source: European Parliament News

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