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12-08-2019
EU NEIGHBOURS east

Meet the Young European Ambassadors!

The ‘Young European Ambassadors’ initiative is the driving force of the ‘Young European Neighbours’ network, created by the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project.

The role of the Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) is to connect the youth from the European Union and the Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), foster cooperation and stimulate civic activism amongst the young generations. The YEAs exchange experiences, discuss matters of direct concern to young people, share best practices and work together for a better future.

There are currently more than 700 young people from the EU Member States and the Eastern partner countries appointed as ‘Young European Ambassadors’ who were selected based on applications received by the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project in August of 2016, 2017 and 2018. 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.

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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. It 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 greater access to and information about EU-supported opportunities for youth. It focuses on people-to-people contact and dialogue-driven activities that contribute to an enhanced understanding and perception of the EU and a greater appreciation of its relationships with the Eastern Neighbourhood.


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YEAs IN ACTION

 

CELEBRATING THE 10th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP (MAY 2019)

The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and in order to celebrate the successes of what has grown into a vibrant, modern and creative partnership, the EU and Eastern partner countries celebrated this special anniversary with a number of events organised in Brussels during the month of May 2019. They provided the opportunity to celebrate a partnership that has proven to be mutually beneficial and has been delivering concrete results for citizens across the region.

On 14 May, the High-Level Conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership took place celebrating the achievements to date of the partnership and opening the consultation process for the next decade. Speakers included leaders and high-level representatives of EU Member States and the six Eastern partner countries, EU institutions, as well as civil society, business organisations and youth.

As the topic of youth is such an important one to the EU and Eastern partner countries in pursuit of the 20 Deliverables for 2020, a total of 28 Young European Ambassadors were invited to attend the 'Eastern Partnership 10th Anniversary High-Level Conference' among a host of invited guests. Many highly ranked officials, including Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and host of this High-Level Conference, emphasized the need and importance of an active and engaged youth for the longevity and prosperity of the Eastern Partnership.

TAKING ACTION FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS (MARCH 2019)

Gender equality is at the heart of the Eastern Partnership, and at the heart of all Young European Ambassadors. Over the past 60 years, including the 10 years of cooperation under the Eastern Partnership, the EU has worked tirelessly to defend women's rights and to empower them to realise their full potential.

For International Women's Day on 8th March, the Young European Ambassadors got incredibly inventive by organising informational fairs, workshops and discussion clubs in their communities and local youth organisation and, in the case of Armenia, on live television in company of two female members of the Armenian Parliament. It was important to the Young European Ambassadors across the region to find a creative way to spread the message about gender equality and discuss with local youth ways to make sure that women are and feel empowered to do anything they set their mind to - just as men.

Challenging gender stereotypes in employment: YEAs Moldova
Challenging gender stereotypes in employment

'BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING' IN MOLDOVA

In Moldova, the Young European Ambassadors found an interesting and innovative way to engage local youth in this discussion. On 27 February, in anticipation of International Women's Day in March, a group of ten Young European Ambassadors organised a workshop with more than 30 students of the Alecu Russo University in the city of Balti entitled "Breaking the glass ceiling" which opened the conversation into gender ratios in employment and the basic concept of the "glass ceiling" for women in the workplace to the local youth of Balti.

First, in order to explain the issue of the "glass ceiling" in today's workplaces around the world, the Young European Ambassadors opened this discussion by presenting several case studies from developed countries and opening the floor for discussion about the differences in the percentage of employed women versus employed men in countries around the world. They followed this more theoretical discussion with an interactive exercise: the group of 30 students was divided into smaller working groups tasked to hire a new person for an imagined job vacancy. Each working group received three mock CVs from imagined candidates for an imagined job vacancy in Moldova. The candidates on these mock CVs differed in their gender, background and experiences - it was the task of the student working groups to assess the potential candidates and pick the best suitable candidate for this imagined job vacancy. Each working group had to choose between male and female candidates for this job, trying to find the best arguments for and against each candidate in order to find the best fit for the imagined job vacancy. Once they picked their favorite candidate, they presented and argued for their choice in front of the whole group. They had to make their choice based on the qualifications and background of the imagined candidates, without taking gender into account.

LAUNCHING A YEAR OF CELEBRATION OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP (FEBRUARY 2019)

To kick off a year of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, the 'EU NEIGHBOURS east' project, in close cooperation with DG NEAR and the EEAS StratCom East Task Force, organised a two-day event which took place in Brussels on 14-15 February. 

Celebrating #EaP10
Celebrating #EaP10

The ‘EaP 10th Anniversary Launch Event’ gathered nearly 100 young leaders from the Eastern partner countries and the EU Member States, among which 74 were Young European Ambassadors, to celebrate this milestone with a flash mob, national costumes, flags, music, art and dance.

It was a unique opportunity to engage in direct dialogue with high-level EU officials, including the Valdis Dombrovskis, the Vice-President of the European Commission, to network and to brainstorm ideas for future engagement for the Young European Ambassadors at the local, national, and regional scale. Ahead of the launch event that took place in Brussels, the Young European Ambassadors organised flash mobs in each Eastern partner country with traditional costumes, music and choreography.

Read Vladislav's and Esma and Anderik's story on their participation in the EaP 10th Anniversary Launch Event.

TAKING ACTION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (DECEMBER 2018)

In December 2018, the Young European Ambassadors from across the region organised a number of actions in dedication to Human Rights Day that revolved around creative dialogue-driven activities aimed to raise awareness about the need for the protection and promotion of human rights and the role that the European Union plays in their protection in the region and directly engaging with local communities by reaching out to local schools, youth organisations and NGOs.

Young Master Chefs: by YEAs in Azerbaijan
Young Master Chefs in Azerbaijan

'YOUNG MASTER CHEFS' COOKING CLASS IN AZERBAIJAN

In Azerbaijan, the Young European Ambassadors organised a 'Young Master Chefs' cooking class for children with hearing disabilities. The aim of the event was to draw attention to the continued stigma against disabled people, especially disabled children. The whole day was planned to make sure that the Young Master Chefs feel special and included. They made their own pizzas, choosing the ingredients for their pizza designs themselves, played and painted pictures with the Young European Ambassadors all day!

Watch the video for the ‘Young Master Chefs’ cooking class here!

Talking Human Rights over a cup of coffee
Talking Human Rights over a cup of coffee in Armenia

TALKING HUMAN RIGHTS OVER A CUP OF COFFEE IN ARMENIA

On 15 December, the Young European Ambassadors in Armenia visited the 'Aregak Bakery and Café' in Gyumri. This is a very special enterprise which, with the help of the European Union offers jobs to disabled people from the local community and is the first enterprise of its kind in Armenia. In order to raise awareness of this amazing initiative and of the issues related to Human Rights, the Young European Ambassadors handed out free cups of coffee to passers-by in special cups bearing messages about human rights, as well as a QR code which linked to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - this was also symbolic, as 10 December 2018 marked the 70-year anniversary of the Declaration entering into force. Over a cup of coffee, they talked to a lot of people and had loads of fun connecting over a shared passion for the protection of human rights in Armenia, and beyond!

Read Areg's story about his experience speaking about human rights over a cup of coffee.

VISITING 'YOUNG FARMERS CENTERS' IN GEORGIA (NOVEMBER 2018)

In November 2018, the Young European Ambassadors from Georgia were invited to present the 'Young European Ambassadors' initiative, the European Union, our shared values and its opportunities for youth in 'Young Farmers Centres' run by the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) under the ENPARD funds. These 'Young Farmers Centres' father young people to empower and encourage them with the necessary skills to play a more active role in their local communities.

The Young European Ambassadors previously met members of the 'Young Farmers Centres' during the Wine Harvest Festival, which took place in Kharkheti in October 2018. Following an exchange of details, they kept in touch with the aim to organise future events together, which in November 2018, the following month, became a reality.

Over the course of five days between 12 and 16 November, the Young European Ambassadors teamed up with members of the 'Young Farmers Centres' to visit ten 'Young Farmers Centres' in the Tetritskaro Municipality in Georgia to educate and engage with the young members and promote the message that we are #strongertogether.

Read about Esma's experience visiting Young Farmers Centres across Georgia!

FOLLOW-UP VISIT TO ARMAVIR IN ARMENIA (NOVEMBER 2018)

On 24 November, the Young European Ambassadors in Armenia organised an interactive workshop with local youth of Armavir and surrounding communities. 

EU4Youth: Armenian YEAs in Armavir
EU4Youth: Armenian Young European Ambassadors in Armavir

This event was planned as part of the Young European Ambassadors' continuous engagement with the local youth of the Armavir Development Center. In June 2018, in dedication to World Environment Day, the Young European Ambassadors had already teamed up with them to plant trees in the centre of Lukashin village. During their workshop, the Young European Ambassadors presented their initiative, the opportunities provided through the European Union to young Armenians, and reflected on the EU funded and supported projects under the umbrella of #EU4Youth. The day ended with a final visit to the centre of Lukashin village to catch a glimpse of the trees that the group of young leaders planted together in the summer of 2018.

HELPING OUT A LOCAL WINEMAKER FOR THE WINE HARVEST IN TETRITSKARO, GEORGIA (SEPTEMBER 2018)

On 29 September, the day of the traditional Georgian wine harvest festival "Rtveli", the Young European Ambassadors in Georgia helped a local winemaker by harvesting his grapes in the village of Asureti in Tetritskaro, Georgia.

Harvest holiday with Young European Ambassadors in Georgia
Harvest holiday with Young European Ambassadors in Georgia

For this activity, the Young European Ambassadors joined forces with members of the 'Young Farmers Centres' in Tetritskaro, an initiative supported by the European Union through ENPARD Georgia and run by theGeorgian NGO "Association Rural Development for Future Georgia - RDFG" to encourage and support the skills development of young people in rural regions in Georgia.

Through ice-breaking games and the exchange of experience and information, the Young European Ambassadors learned about the history and tradition of winemaking and connected with the members of the 'Young Farmers Centres' for close future cooperation.

EUROSCHOOL 2018 IN AZERBAIJAN (AUGUST 2018)

After two successful editions of the EU-focused summer school in Azerbaijan in August 2016 and 2017, a third edition of EuroSchool took place between 29 and 31 August 2018 in Qalaalti, Shabran, Azerbaijan. As in previous years, this summer school was jointly organised with the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan and brought together fifteen young Azerbaijanis for 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.

EuroSchool Azerbaijan 2018
EuroSchool Azerbaijan 2018

Over the course of three days, participants interacted with one another through learning sessions on the history and structure of the European Union and its Neighbourhood, our shared values, as well as opportunities open to young Azerbaijanis through the European Union. Among the eight trainers that oversaw the workshop sessions, educated and engaged with the young participants were two Young European Ambassadors - Ilyas from from Azerbaijan and Stefania-Felicia from the European Union (Romania) - who shared their experiences of living, working and studying in the European Union. One of the main topics of interest to the participants was Erasmus+ and the personal experiences and lessons learned that Ilyas and Stefania-Felicia spoke about.

Finally, through fun cultural activities, including an early morning hike to the top of the mountain behind the hotel and a group bowling night, the participants were given the chance to come closer together as a group, network and learn from one another in a truly immersive summer school experience.

TAKING ACTION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (JUNE 2018)

In June 2018, the Young European Ambassadors from across the region organised a number of actions in dedication to World Environment Day that aimed at raising awareness the environment and its need for protection. 

Young European Ambassadors plant trees in Ukraine
Young European Ambassadors plant trees in Ukraine

In order to do that, each country group of Young European Ambassadors organised themselves to plant either trees or roses in an area they deemed in need of (further) environmental protection. They did not do so alone - in order to raise awareness also among local youth on how they can get involved in environmental protection, the Young European Ambassadors reached out to local schools, youth organisations and NGOs to help them plant the trees and roses. Overall,they managed to plant over 100 roses in Georgia and Moldova and over 110 trees in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, and Ukraine.

In his story, Titan, a Young European Ambassador from Armenia, explains why the protection of the environment is so important to him and the Young European Ambassadors.

EUROPE DAY CELEBRATIONS ACROSS MOLDOVA (MAY-JUNE 2018)

Throughout May and June 2018, the Young European Ambassadors in Moldova were invited to contribute to Europe Day activities organised in coordination with the European Union Delegation to Moldova across the country. 

Europe Day celebrations across Moldova
Europe Day celebrations across Moldova

The events took place in Chisinau (12-13 May), Ungheni (19 May), Hîncești (20 May) and Soroca (2 June) - between 12 May and 2 June 2018. In each city, the Young European Ambassadors organised made an effort to connect to the local youth present at the Europe Day celebrations by inviting them to take an EU quiz (the winners received certificates!), read and discuss the many informative handouts and ask questions, share photos on social media with fun signs and cutouts accessible to everyone, and take a little giveaway from the Young European Ambassadors.

'EU CONFERENCE ON YOUTH, PEACE AND SECURITY' IN BRUSSELS (MAY 2018)

Between 22-24 May, six Young European Ambassadors from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Austria participated in the 'EU Conference on Youth, Peace and Security' organised bt the European External Action Service (EEAS) in partnership with the United Nations and various civil society organisations. The event, held at the European Parliament in Brussels, brought together young peacebuilders working with the EU, representatives from EU institutions, EU Member States, UN entities and other multilateral and non-governmental partnership with the aim of fostering EU policy on youth, peace and security and promoting EU-UN cooperation in youth peacebuilding.

The delegates met and exchanges views with key EU policy-makers, including European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, as well as further UN, OSCE and youth representatives.

One major highlight of the conference was that Levan Kutashvili, Young European Ambassador from Georgia, was selected to participate as a speaker in Panel II of the event, "Young people innovating for peace" where he shared his views on institutional best practice in the field of communication, providing examples of his experience as an IDP from Akhalgori. Another major highlight of the conference included the participation of Ani Khachatryan, Young European Ambassador from Armenia, and Philipp Brugner, Young European Ambassador from Austria, in the closing session with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, in which they shared their views on peacebuilding innovations driven by young people and success stories within the 'Young European Ambassadors' initiative.

Read Veronika’s story on her participation in the event!

YEAs VISIT TO CAHUL (APRIL 2018)

Young European Ambassadors’ visit to Cahul, Moldova
Young European Ambassadors' visit to Cahul, Moldova

On 17 April, the Young European Ambassadors from Moldova traveled south to visit the city of Cahul, meet with local youth and participate in a public lecture held at the University of Cahul by the European Commission Director for the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood, Lawrence Meredith.

The Young European Ambassadors engaged in direct dialogue with many university students,speaking to a total of over 100 students, introducing them to the 'Young European Ambassadors' initiative and sharing experiences as beneficiaries of EU youth programmes and opportunities, like Erasmus+ and EU4Youth.

LAUNCH OF THE NEW EASTERN PARTNERSHIP ARCHITECTURE IN BRUSSELS (MARCH 2018)

Six Young European Ambassadors from the Eastern Partner countries participated in the launch of the new EaP Cooperation event in Brussels on 12 March. They got the opportunity to ask questions and discuss with EU officials about the future of EU- related communication with youth of their countries.

THE YOUNG EUROPEAN AMBASSADORS' VISIT TO GEORGIA (FEBRUARY 2018)

This activity took place between 26 February and 2 March 2018. It aimed at facilitating the coordination of a joint planning for YEAs activities, sharing best practices in relation to EU-related youth activities and enhancing cooperation with partners in Georgia. Activities were organised jointly by the EU Delegation to Georgia and the 'EU NEIGHBOURS east' project'.

Young European Ambassadors’ visit to Georgia
Young European Ambassadors' visit to Georgia

Over a period of one week, the Young European Ambassadors participated in workshops with EU officials to coordinate joint action, attended training sessions to enhance their communication, coordination and outreach skills, organised a school visit in the Tserovani IDP settlement and a university visit at Tbilisi State University to raise awareness about the EU-Georgia partnership, as well as participated in an interactive roundtable with local organisations active in the field of youth and EU communications to share best practices and explore avenues for cooperation.

THE YOUNG EUROPEAN AMBASSADORS' VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA (OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2017)

After a successful first edition of the schools visits across the Republic of Moldova, a second edition of the ‘Young European Ambassadors’ visit’ took place between 30 October and 17 November 2017.

'Young European Ambassadors' visit to the Republic of Moldova
Young European Ambassadors' visit to Moldova

This dialogue-driven and interactive activity was jointly organised by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova and the ‘EU NEIGHBOURS east’ project in the framework of the ‘Young European Neighbours’ network. The network, launched in 2016, covers the EU Member States and the six Eastern Neighbourhood countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Over three weeks, 27 Young European Ambassadors visited 20 high schools across the Republic of Moldova and reached over 2,500 pupils through interactive presentations on the EU’s origins, our shared values, its main institutions, its partnership with the Eastern neighbourhood, especially the Republic of Moldova, as well as the opportunities it offers to young Moldovans. In each school, a workshop was also organised to prepare pupils for the ‘civic engagement initiative’ contest organised by the EU Delegation to Moldova.

Read Carolina's story about her participation in the school visits here.

THE EU YOUTH CONFERENCE IN TALLINN (OCTOBER 2017)

Between the 23rd and 26th October 2017, six Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine participated in the EU Youth Conference in Tallinn, which gathered over 260 young people from all over Europe.

Organised by the Estonian Presidency of the EU, the conference focused on brainstorming ideas for the launch of the 6th Structured dialogue ‘Youth in Europe: what’s next?’, which will inform, in the long-term, the proposal for the next EU Youth Strategy beyond 2018.

Read Ani's story of her participation here.

THE EU STUDY DAYS FORUM IN UKRAINE (SEPTEMBER 2017)

Three Young European Ambassadors participated in the EU Study Days Forum in Kyiv, Ukraine organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine on the 28th and 29th September 2017.

EU Study Days alumni forum in Ukraine
EU Study Days alumni forum in Ukraine

They delivered an interactive presentation to raise awareness about the EU's partnership with Ukraine and our shared values, give concrete examples of the EU’s impact on the daily life of people, as well as promote the ‘Young European Neighbours network’. The EU Study Days Forum featured the participation of about 200 young Ukrainians, officials from the EU Delegation, as well as speakers from the Ukrainian government, NGOs, universities, projects, etc.

Read the article published by Kateryna in the Ukrainian media outlet Espreso here.

THE YOUNG EUROPEAN AMBASSADORS' VISIT TO AZERBAIJAN (SEPTEMBER 2017)

Between the 21st and 29th September 2017, Young European Ambassadors from Azerbaijan and the European Union visited schools and universities in Azerbaijan to raise awareness about the European Union, EU-Azerbaijan relations and the wide range of EU-related opportunities available to young people. The activities took place in the framework of the EU Bus Tour and the Baku school visitsorganised by the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan.

EU Bus Tour and School Visits in Azerbaijan
EU Bus Tour and School Visits in Azerbaijan

Between 21 and 24 September, three local Young European Ambassadors met students at universities in Zagatala and Sheki on 21 and 22 September respectively, where they conducted training sessions on the EU, its history, structure and values and shared their experience as beneficiaries of various youth opportunities. They also participate in the ‘EuroVillage’ in Sheki on 23 September by running an ‘EU Quiz Competition’ and interacting with members of the public face-to-face.

Between 25 and 29 September, a group of six YEAs from Azerbaijan, Germany, the Netherlands and Romania met pupils and conducted the interactive training sessions and EU Quiz competition at six high schools in Baku. During this period, they also got a tour of ADA University and attended the closing ceremony of an EU-funded project.

Read Nuriyya's story of her particpipation in the EU Bus Tour and EuroVillage here.

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 'EU NEIGHBOURS east' project.

'EuroSchool' Azerbaijan 2017
EuroSchool Azerbaijan 2017

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.

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.

Young European Ambassadors' Meet-Up
Young European Ambassadors' Meet-Up

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.

Watch the video of the Young European Ambassadors' Meet-Up!

THE YOUNG EUROPEAN AMBASSADORS' VISIT TO ARMENIA (MAY 2017)

From 8 to 14 May, 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.

'Young European Ambassadors' in Armenia
YOUNG EUROPEAN AMBASSADORS' VISIT TO ARMENIA

They organised games and activities to raise awareness about the EU and its partnership with Armeniain 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.

Watch the video of the Young European Ambassadors' visit to Armenia!

THE YOUNG EUROPEAN AMBASSADORS' VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA (NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016)

Between 8 November and 2 December, 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.

'Young European Ambassadors' in the Republic of Moldova
Young European Ambassadors in the Republic of Moldova

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?”.

Watch the video of the Young European Ambassadors' visit to the Republic of Moldova!

EUROSCHOOL AZERBAIJAIN (AUGUST 2016)

In August 2016, 15 young Azerbaijanis participated in a four-day summer school on the European Union 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.

'EuroSchool' Azerbaijan 2016
EuroSchool Azerbaijan 2016

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 activitiesincluding 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.

Watch the video of the EuroSchool 2016!

#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.

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.

Winners:

  • 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.