Young Leaders Forum Eastern Partnership-EU
The idea of bringing together young leaders from both the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) at the European Parliament in Brussels came up on the basis of the experience of successful meetings, first held in 2008, with young leaders from the EU's southern neighbours. Thus, the European Parliament decided to open this programme to participants from both eastern and southern neighbourhood of the EU in 2013.
Civil society lies at the heart of the EU's Eastern Partnership; and yet, often the youth have to struggle hard to be recognized as actors of change, to participate in public life and to take forward democratic developments. Hosting Young Leaders from both EU and the EU's neighbourhood is above all a networking exercise to link them up amongst themselves as well as with some of the EU's key political players.
The Young Leaders Forum is therefore meant to take advantage of the EP as an environment where participants can build confidence and trust. Its aim is to foster mutual understanding and developing converging visions at a stage of the participants' careers when their responsibilities still allow for unconventional thinking: it can be considered a modest, although concrete, investment of the European Parliament in the human capital and the leadership of tomorrow - in the EU, but also beyond the EU.
Who can participate?
Three young leaders aged 20-35 from each of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine and six from the EU. Participants may be involved in politics, academia, business or civil society.
Working languages will be English and Russian.
The Forum consists of several round tables where participants discuss among themselves or with Members of the European Parliament, representatives of other EU Institutions or experts and external guest speakers.
If you are selected, the European Parliament will cover all expenses directly deriving from your participation to the Forum (economy class travel, accommodation and all meals as per the 8/11 December programme, public transport in Brussels).
Once selected, candidates will receive a personal invitation which may be used to facilitate their Schengen visas requests; it is the responsibility of each participant to see that such applications are submitted timely.
How to apply
Please send a CV and a short letter of motivation to the email address xp-YLFfirstname.lastname@example.org by 10 October 2014.
Candidates will be informed by 24 October if they are chosen.
Draft programme(to be updated / November 2014)
Participants' final list(to be updated / November 2014)