The EYE2018: Giving a voice to young people

For two days, the European Parliament in Strasbourg was full of colour, thoughts and fresh energy. Though that has since finished, the ideas discussed at the event will soon be presented to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

The third edition of the European Youth Event (EYE2018) took place on 1-2 June 2018. On this occasion, 8970 young people took to the Parliament in Strasbourg, along with over 250 speakers, 11 partners, hundreds of youth organizations and many enthusiastic volunteers. Participants came from all 28 EU Member States, plus countries from outside the EU, making a total of 109 nationalities present throughout the event.

The aim of the event was to give a platform to young active citizens so that they could debate their ideas with Europe's decision makers. The President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, together with Vice-Presidents Ramon Valcárcel Siso, Sylvie Guillaume, Mairead McGuinness, Rainer Wieland, and many more MEPs, attended several activities, interacting with, listening to and offering valuable feedback to participants.

But the "youthquake" does not stop there. The EYE Report, a collection of the 100 most concrete ideas discussed at the event, is available in all EU languages. MEPs will debate these ideas during the EYE hearings, which will take place between October and November.

Feedback is key for the EYE2018 team, so the European Parliament has been interviewing participants after the EYE as well as during it, asking their opinion on what they appreciated at the event and what could be improved for the next editions. More than 70% indicated that they enjoyed meeting with and exchanging ideas with other young people, and that they appreciated having their say in the debates and the possibility to share thoughts and ideas during panels and workshops.

On the other hand, participants also expressed reserve about the accreditation process and security checks, the long queues at the catering, and the time limitations for the audience to intervene with questions or statements in some activities. In addition, they requested better sign posting and a map, an EYE mobile application which is more functional, and more variety of opinions in panels. All these points will certainly be improved for the next edition of the EYE in 2020.

Stay tuned on this website and on the EYE social media channels for the latest updates and initiatives.