Sharing stories to connect young people from the EU member States and the Eastern Neighbourhood countries

Digital transformation and cybersecurity: what is on the 2021 agenda in the EU and EaP?

On 9 February, the world celebrates Safer Internet Day. We live in an interconnected world in which the line between digital and real worlds is increasingly blurred. Can you imagine your life without the Internet? I can’t. In 2020, many aspects of our life went online. But the Internet presents opportunities and threats at the same time. And the issue of digital security is the point of concern for every person living in a digital environment. At the same time, cybersecurity is the building block that safeguards the resilience of states and the EU in general.  
Viktoriia Omelianenko 09 February 2021
Tsalka, Georgia
Photo: European Union

A Green Future for Tsalka

The world faces an extraordinary challenge: climate change, which is accelerated by human activity, and which questions our future if we keep living and developing in the way we do. To stop climate change and save the planet but continue socio-economic growth of our societies, we have to switch to what is called a sustainable development. A majority of experts and policy-makers admit the need for urgent actions to stop climate change and have started supporting green policies at global and local levels. Nowadays, it’s clear that green policies are a key precondition for the sustainable development of society. It is impossible to develop a country or a region without a green agenda.
Luka Chlaidze 15 January 2021
Covid pandemic and youth

Youth Policies & COVID-19

COVID pandemic influences every aspect of our lives. It resulted in young people facing problems with employment, mobility, and exercise of some other human rights. In this article, I will discuss the European Union’s (the EU’s) response to the issues caused by the crisis and the Ukrainian plan of action. Even before the pandemic, the employment of young people was a challenging issue. The COVID-19 crisis caused even more obstacles for youth in finding jobs. The topic is complicated because it includes a range of factors such as longer school-to-work transitions, lack of experience, continued education, etc.
Viktoriia Onykiienko 29 October 2020
Event in Helsinki

Media Literacy - Young European Ambassador's Perspective

As numerous high tech information solutions and media products have become widely available, one might have thought that humans would become choosier in the media content they consume; that they would be more critical of the information they receive, that they would diversify the information sources. However, indeed everyone searched for the very same content on-line that they have been watching on TV or through other traditional media. They searched and found it. Take my mom. Before we would have the internet, she was forced to watch those few Georgian TV channels that we had. Thanks to this I had been having my portion of Georgian news during a mealtime. However, once we got the internet, she went back to the Russian sources, as she is a native Russian speaker. It also was a big surprise for me that she still wishes happy 23rd of February (the day of Soviet soldiers, which later was transformed into the men’s day by a popular culture in the USSR and post-soviet space) her college…
Esma Gumberidze 27 October 2020
Youth and environment

Smells like Green Spirit

December 11, 2019 appears to be a cutting-edge date, when the European Commission first presented the European Green Deal strategy.[1] The sustainable perspectives, preservation, biodiversity, energy efficiency and reduction of the emission become new priorities on the EU level and beyond. Thus, a partnership that greens – is one of the major objectives outlined in the strategic document “Beyond 2020- Reinforcing Resilience- an Eastern Partnership that delivers for all.” The later represents a main policy framework between the European Union and Eastern Partnership. To achieve the defined milestones, supporting the local as well as the regional initiatives are key instruments to monitor the outcomes of the EU Assistance on the regional level. The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility Fellowship represents one of such need-driven action that provides the assistance for the emerging professionals to contribute to their countries and therefore, help the EU in reaching the defined…
Mariam Khuroshvili 26 October 2020
Creative art workshop

Art – Best Remedy to the Pandemic Depression

2020 has been a challenging year for us all. New COVID-19 related restrictions put the world population in lockdown and self-isolation. Accordingly, we had to adjust to a new lifestyle, as digital communication and a constant feeling of uncertainty has become a new normal. The recent process of intensifying digital professional and personal communications affected everyone, including young people. Even though the millennials have a comparative advantage in digital literacy, switching to online living standards significantly influenced their mental health. In every era of human history, youth has played a prominent role in bringing social change. In this very uncertain moment, young people are in the spotlight to introduce creative alternatives and help each-other in overcoming the pandemic and post-pandemic depression. A Team of Georgian Young European Ambassadors find art as the best instrument to assist other fellows to maintain a positive approach to life!
Mariam Khuroshvili 26 October 2020
Anastasiia Narded

Female Leaders: Changing the Agenda

The path to gender equality is difficult and stony. Starting with the suffragists to modern-day feminists, women and men have fought for women’s right to vote and hold office. Luckily, we can see the actual progress as of 2015 – women worldwide have the right to vote. Today, there are several countries led by females (Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, etc.), and some states have a cabinet dominated by women (Finland and Rwanda). Women represented by a woman are more interested in and more involved into politics; they develop the feeling of being more skilled and effective than those represented by a man. The progress is real, but it is still uneven enough because, with the global female population share of 50 percent, women make up only about 24 percent of parliamentarians in the world. It shows us that there are still many things we must achieve on the path to gender equality in politics.
Anastasiia Narded 23 October 2020
Youth in action

Youth Engagement for Global Action

You don’t have to be 21 years old or older to contribute to the development of the society or to unite people in solving some of the global problems. The EU supports the young enthusiasts who are not afraid of doing so by creating various initiatives for their development e.g., Young European Ambassadors initiative, Au Pair, Erasmus+, education or civil society actions grant programmes, etc. The European Commission supports the inclusion of young people in democracy and society, for example, through dialogue with young people. Promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping cooperation between schools, youth workers, health workers, and sports organizations are among its central aims. 
Yelyzaveta Tarab 12 August 2020
EaP 10 celebrations

Eastern Partnership: What is Beyond 2020?

In 2019, the European Union (the EU) and Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries celebrated the Eastern Partnership’s 10th anniversary. Many things had changed and had been achieved since 2009 when this policy was launched. Although the European Commission's new Communication on the future of the EaP was issued in March 2020, the discussion on how the EaP will look beyond 2020 still takes place. Accordingly, this article aims to reflect on the main achievements of the EaP policy and discuss its challenges.
Viktoriia Omelianenko 10 August 2020