The YEN network is primarily an online platform that facilitates the mutual exchange of experience, ideas and information. It also promotes engagement of young people (15-25 years old) 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.
To achieve these objectives, the ‘Young European Neighbours’ network:
- Engages more than 100 ‘Young European Ambassadors’ from Eastern Neighbourhood countries and the EU Member States as the driving force of the network
- Provides online channels of communication and informal platforms to share news, experience and best practices, including a Facebook group and a blog (to be launched in May 2017)
- Supports the organisation of dialogue-driven activities and events in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries and the EU
- Organises regular ‘Stronger Together’ contests for young people from the Eastern Neighbourhood countries
- Develops an online catalogue of youth organisations in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries that will be published in 2017 and regularly updated
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!
#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 – get the opportunity to travel to Poland, while the runners-up win 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.
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 here for more information.
The winners of the top prize will travel to Poland for the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Youth Forum in June, where they will join 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.
The runners-up of the contest will receive an electronic tablet to encourage their writing skills.
- Shorena Megrelishvili from Georgia,
- Carolina Cicati from Moldova,
- Alesia Petrovets from Belarus,
- Jamila Musayeva from Azerbaijan,
- Anna Sargsyan from Armenia, and
- Viktoriia Hladii from Ukraine.
- Tamari Ortoidze from Georgia,
- Alisa Ciornaia from Moldova,
- Tatsiana Maksaleva from Belarus,
- Gunay Mirzayeva from Azerbaijan
- Knarik Arghushyan from Armenia, and
- Yaryna Hridina from Ukraine.
The 'Young European Ambassadors'
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 Eastern Neighbourhood countries have 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.
EuroSchool Azerbaijain (August 2016)
In August 2016, 15 young Azerbaijanis participated in a four-day EuroSchool activity with discussions and interactive learning sessions on the EU. It was organised in cooperation with the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan.
The event featured interactive learning sessions about the European Union, ts history, its fundamental principles and values, its institutions, the process of alignment and legislative harmonization, EU negotiations, decision-making in the EU, European Neighbourhood Policy, the Eastern Partnership initiative, the 25 years of relationship between the EU and Azerbaijan, the experience of EU-Georgia partnership, and more!
In addition, it provided the framework to engage in informal discussions on issues relevant to young people: what it means to live in Europe, in the EU and in Azerbaijan, what it means to be a young European, the EU and its role for youth in Europe and in Azerbaijan, opportunities for young people across the region (including Erasmus+), as well as about national and regional youth organisations, how the youth network will function, which are the planned actions and how the interaction will be organised.
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 will be introduced to the newly established ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative and will be 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. 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 here.
The 'Young European Ambassadors' visit to Armenia (May 2017)
In May 2017, 15 YEAs participated in a week of events, meetings and school/university visits organised across the country. It was organised in cooperation with the EU Delegation to Armenia on the occasion of Europe Days.
To learn more about the 'Young European Neighbours' network and the 'Young European Ambassadors' visit to Armenia, download the publication here.