The Young European Ambassadors initiative is part of the 'Young European Neighbours' network, implemented by the EU NEIGHBOURS east project. You can download the handout on the network here.
The role of the Young European Ambassadors (YEA) is to represent the youth of their countries and network with young people from the European Union and the Eastern Neighbourhood countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). They exchange experience, discuss matters of direct concern to young people, share best practices and work together for a better future.
A total of 100 young people (15-25 years old) from the EU Member States and the Eastern Neighbourhood countries have been appointed as ‘Young European Ambassadors’ in September 2016, following an open application process launched by ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’. New calls for applications will be re-opened on an annual basis.
Between 10 and 20 Young European Ambassadors have been appointed for each Eastern Neighbourhood country and for the European Union Member States, including 'National Coordinators' for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The National Coordinators are the main points of contact between the Young European Ambassadors of their country and the Network Coordinators, based in Brussels.
The Young European Ambassadors regularly participate in dialogue-driven activities and engage online on a daily basis through the 'Young European Neighbours network' Facebook group.
EuroSchool Azerbaijain (August 2016)
In August 2016, 15 young Azerbaijanis participated in a four-day summer school on the European Union. It was organised in cooperation with the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan. The EuroSchool featured interactive learning sessions about the EU, its history and values, the European Neighbourhood Policy, and the 25 years of Azerbaijan-EU partnership. In addition, it provided a framework to engage in informal discussions on issues relevant to young people: what it means to live in Europe, the EU's role for youth in Europe and in Azerbaijan, and opportunities for young Azerbaijanis (including Erasmus+).
Finally, it allowed participants to take part in fun, educational and cultural activities including an excursion in Gabala, questions and answers sessions, as well as games and quizzes on the EU. In addition, participants were introduced to the newly established ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative and invited to apply.
The Young European Ambassadors' visit to the Republic of Moldova (November-December 2016)
Between the 8th November and the 2nd December 2016, twelve ‘Young European Ambassadors’ from the Republic of Moldova and EU Member States visited more than 30 schools, VET colleges and universities in Moldova. They engaged in a peer-to-peer dialogue with over 3,500 young people across the country. This activity was organised jointly by the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova and the EU NEIGHBOURS east project within the framework of the ‘Europe for Moldova’ public awareness campaign and in cooperation with the country’s Ministry of Education.
The visits consisted of an interactive presentation on the EU, its origins and values, its structure, and its partnership with Moldova. It also introduced pupils and students to EU-funded opportunities in the country, with exchanges of experience on this topic between young Moldovans. Finally, workshops were organised to develop project proposals answering the question: “What would you do in Moldova to improve the life of your community if you were given a grant from the European Union?”.
The Young European Ambassadors' visit to Armenia (May 2017)
From 8th to 14th May 2017, 15 YEAs participated in events, meetings and visits organised across Armenia. It was organised in cooperation with the EU Delegation to Armenia on the occasion of Europe Days.
They organised games and activities to raise awareness about the EU and its partnership with Armenia in Yerevan, Gyumri, Vanadzor and Dilijan. These events featured the participation of senior EU officials and shed light on EU-funded projects in Armenia.
In addition, they visited a secondary school (Yerevan School No. 196) and the Yerevan State University to deliver interactive presentations on the European Union, its history and values, EU-Armenia relations and opportunities for young people. Finally, the YEAs met with local stakeholders to discuss potential partnership, including EuroClubs and the European Youth Parliament.
To learn more about the 'Young European Neighbours' network and the 'Young European Ambassadors' in Armenia, download the publication here.
The Young European Ambassadors' Meet-Up (July 2017)
The YEAs' Meet-Up took place on 19th and 20th July 2017 in Brussels. During these two days, the Young European Ambassadors from the EU and Eastern Partner countries had the opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the EU and take part in active discussions ahead of the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in Brussels in November 2017. The Meet-Up was jointly organised by the European Commission (DG NEAR), the European External Action Service and the EU NEIGHBOURS east project.
The event offered the YEAs the chance to get to know each other in person through social activities and visit to the EU institutions, including the European Commission, the Europa building, the European Parliament, and the Estonian Permanent Representation to the EU. They also had the unique opportunity to engage in direct dialogues with high-level EU officials, including HR/VP Federica Mogherini, as well as participate on workshops on how to better communicate about the EU in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries. As a result of their participation, more than 60 YEAs boosted their communication and networking skills, resulting in a strong presence online by using the hashtags #StrongerTogether, #EU4Youth and #YEA.
EuroSchool Azerbaijan (August 2017)
After a successful first edition of the EU-focused summer school in Azerbaijan, a second edition of the EuroSchool took place between 21st and 23rd August 2017 in Shabran. This dialogue-driven and interactive activity was jointly organised by the Delegation of the European union to Azerbaijan and the the EU NEIGHBOURS east project.
During the EuroSchool, fifteen young Azerbaijanis got the opportunity to participate in a series of interactive learning sessions, direct dialogue exercises and social activities to learn more about the European Union and its partnership with Azerbaijan. Six trainers from the country and from the EU oversaw the sessions, which covered a varierty of topics including: the European Union's history, the EU institutions and decision-making, common stereotypes on the EU, the EU's role for sustainable energy and environment, what is means to be European, Erasmus+ in Azerbaijan, and EU-funded opportunities for young Azerbaijanis.
To learn more about the 'Young European Neighbours' network and the 'Young European Ambassadors' in Azerbaijan, download the publication here.
The Young European Neighbours network
The Young European Neighbours network is an online platform that facilitates the mutual exchange of experience, ideas and information. It also promotes engagement of young people in social action by providing a greater access to EU opportunities. It focuses on people-to-people contact and dialogue-driven activities that will contribute to an enhanced understanding and perception of the EU and a greater appreciation of its relationships with the Eastern Neighbourhood.
Join the 'Young European Neighbours' group on Facebook to keep updated with opportunities for youth in the Eastern Neighbourhood!
#STRONGERTOGETHER youth contests
#EUaroundU – Tell your story (March 2017)
The ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project launched a contest for young people between the ages of 18 and 26 from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Six winners – one from each country – got the opportunity to travel to Poland, while the runners-up won electronic tablets.
To take part in the contest, titled #EUaroundU – Tell your story, young people wrote a personal story no longer than 600 words, in English. Participants were invited to highlight the impact that the EU has had on their personal life or community. Topics could cover anything related to the EU, whether EU projects or programmes, educational exchanges, etc.
Download the regulation here for more information.
The winners of the top prize traveled to Poland for the Eastern Partnership Youth Forum in June 2017, where they joined hundreds of other young people from 39 different countries to network and discuss common challenges. They were selected on the basis of the originality and relevance of their stories. Their stories can be read here.
- Giorgi Kakhniashvili from Georgia,
- Iuliana Golub from Moldova,
- Katsiaryna Varfalameyeva from Belarus,
- Sara Rajabli from Azerbaijan,
- Nune Harutyunyan from Armenia, and
- Liliia Ovcharova from Ukraine.