‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ places a strong emphasis on engaging young people as part of its outreach work. For this reason, the project launched the ‘Young European Neighbours’ network in June 2016, which aims at fostering cooperation and sustainable links between young people and youth organisations from the European Union (EU) Member States and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The YEN network is primarily an online platform that facilitates the mutual exchange of ideas and information, as well as promotes engagement of young people (15-25 years old) in social action. 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.
The ‘Young European Neighbours’ network has five dimensions:
- Engaging ‘Young European Ambassadors’ from the EU and EaP countries to become a driving force of the network
- Providing online channels of communication and informal platforms to share news, experience and best practices
- Supporting the organisation of dialogue-driven activities in the EaP countries
- Organising regular ‘Stronger Together’ youth contests in the EaP countries
- Developing, publishing and maintaining an online catalogue of youth organisations in the EaP countries
Join the 'Young European Neighbours' group on Facebook, keep updated with opportunities for youth in the Eastern Neighbourhood and ask our network coordinators any questions!
The 'Young European Ambassadors' initiative
The ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative is part of the ‘Young European Neighbours’ network. The role of the ‘Young European Ambassadors’ is to represent the youth of their countries and network with young people from the European Union and the Eastern Neighbourhood, to exchange experience, discuss matters of direct concern to young people, share best practices and work together for a better future.
More than 100 young people from the EU Member States and the EaP countries have recently been appointed as ‘Young European Ambassadors’, following an open application process launched by ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’. New calls for applications will be re-opened on an annual basis.
'Young European Ambassadors' visit to the Republic of Moldova
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. The main goal of the visits was to engage 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 were designed to:
- Facilitate mutual exchange of ideas and information and promote engagement of young people in social action
- Introduce pupils and students to the EU’s origins, values and structure in an interactive manner
- Inform pupils and students about the wide range of opportunities provided by the EU to young Moldovans
- Present the ‘Young European Neighbours’ network and the 'Young European Ambassadors' initiative.
- Encourage young people from the Republic of Moldova to participate in a series of youth contests to be organised by the 'EU NEIGHBOURS east' project in 2017
- Organise a workshop on the development of a project proposal 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?”
To learn more about the 'Young European Neighbours' network and the 'Young European Ambassadors' visit to the Republic of Moldova, download the publication below.
#EUaroundU – Tell your story: EU Neighbours east launches youth essay contest
The ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project has 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 – will get the opportunity to travel to Poland for the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Youth Forum (all expenses paid), while the runners-up will win electronic tablets.
To take part in the contest, titled #EUaroundU – Tell your story, young people must write a personal story no longer than 600 words, in English. Participants are invited to highlight the impact that the EU has had on their personal life or community. Topics can cover anything related to the EU, whether EU projects or programmes, educational exchanges, etc.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, 31st March 2017. The winners will be announced in early May 2017, ahead of the EaP Youth Forum in June.
The youth contest is being conducted in the framework of the EU-funded project ‘OPEN Neighbourhood – Communicating for a stronger partnership: connecting with citizens across the Eastern Neighbourhood’, or ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project.
Download the regulation below for more information.