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European Youth Week 2015 events


National events near you!

Hundreds of events will be held around Europe as part of European Youth Week 2015, from rock concerts to youth conferences. Many are open for anyone to attend, although some might require registration beforehand.

To find the events that are taking place near you, simply select your country from the list below and click "Go"!



European Commission events in Brussels for European Youth Week

A number of events are being run by the European Commission in Brussels during European Youth week. These include:


European Youth Week High-Level Political Debate

On Wednesday 6th of May 2015, Commissioner Navracsics will lead a high-level panel debate on the themes of European Youth Week, in front of an invited audience of young people and youth work professionals. The debate will be streamed live over the internet; for more information and precise timings of the web-streaming, click here.


Youth Awards Ceremony

Hundreds of thousands of young people each year take part in European Union funded youth exchanges, European Voluntary Service and other youth projects. Thirty-five of these projects have been shortlisted for one of three prestigious Youth Awards, in recognition of their outstanding work.

These Awards will be presented by Commissioner Navracsics following the High-Level Political Debate on the 6th of May.

For more information about the shortlisted projects, and the recipients of the three main Youth Awards, click here.


A pop-up exhibition featuring the shortlisted projects will be on the Esplanade of the European Parliament on Wednesday the 6th of May 2015, as part of the YO!Fest organised by the European Youth Forum. For more information about the event, please visit the YO!Fest website.


Ideas Lab seminar

Over 40 Ideas Labs took place earlier this year in 30 European countries, and they generated the fantastic ideas that you can vote on in the Ideas Lab. One young person from each Ideas Lab will take part in a one-day seminar in Brussels on the 5th of May, and then present their work to Commissioner Navracsics and the other senior politicians and decision-makers at the High-Level Political Debate. To see the ideas generated by these young people, and to vote on them, visit the Ideas Lab in the European Youth Portal.


Structured Dialogue Conference

The Structured Dialogue with young people is the main tool that the European Union has to seek the views of young people, and for these to be delivered directly to top decision-makers from the Member States. From the 4th to the 6th of May, representatives from European and national youth organisations, and from youth ministries from the 28 EU Member States, will come together to review and make suggestions to improve the Structured Dialogue process. For more information about Structured Dialogue, click here.


Erasmus+ youth field: Inclusion and Diversity Strategy Launch Event

On the 7th of May, youth work professionals and representatives from Erasmus+ National Agencies will gather in Brussels for a day-long seminar to formally launch the new Inclusion and Diversity Strategy. More information about the strategy can be found in this news item. Additional information on the topics of inclusion and cultural diversity can be found at the websites for SALTO-Youth Inclusion Resource Centre and SALTO-Youth Cultural Diversity Resource Centre.


Piloting Youth Guarantee on the Ground – Experiences from the European Parliament Preparatory Action (EPPA)

The Youth Guarantee is the flagship initiative of the European Union to help unemployed young people to gain skills and experience, and to help them to find jobs. A major conference about the Youth Guarantee will be organised by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion in Brussels on Friday the 8th of May, with Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, which will review the progress of Member States in putting the Youth Guarantee into practice, and share the best practices from those countries and projects which have already been working with young people under the Youth Guarantee. More information about the Youth Guarantee can be found here.


Other European Youth Week events

YO!Fest 2015

The European Youth Forum will run the 6th edition of its YO!Fest in front of the European Parliament on Wednesday 6th of May 2015. All young people are invited to join in the fun! Full details of the programme for YO!Fest can be found at the YO!Fest website.

There will also be a pop-up exhibition from the European Commission featuring the projects shortlisted for the Youth Awards in the Erasmus+ tent.


2nd European Youth Work Convention

Over 400 youth workers, researchers and policy-makers will take part in the Second European Youth Work Convention in Brussels from the 27th-30th of April 2015. This is being organised by the country of Belgium as part of its Presidency of the Council of Europe. More information about the event and its programme can be found on the European Youth Work Convention website.


Tolerance Is Stronger Than Hate Speech

The Belgian government is currently chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and through this it is organising a major two-day event in Brussels to discuss recommendations about how to counteract hate speech, online and off-line, and how to prevent radicalisation and extremism. Over 70 young people will join senior policy-makers in this debate, which draws on the experience of the highly successful No Hate Speech Movement campaign.


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