Join the European Youth Event online! 

The European Youth Event (EYE) taking place at the Parliament in Strasbourg this Friday and Saturday is not just for the 7,500 Europeans who will be in attendance. Regardless of where you are, you can make your views heard during the event where participants will exchange ideas and perspectives on the EU’s future. It will be opened by EP Vice-Presidents Sylvie Guillaume, Ulrike Lunacek, Mairead McGuinness, Rainer Wieland on Friday morning. Read on to see how you can play your part.

With more than 150 activities under the official motto "Together we can make a change", the European Youth Event will be an opportunity for young Europeans to bring ideas for Europe's future to the attention of MEPs and other  decision-makers.

The event takes place at the Parliament in Strasbourg this Friday and Saturday and will be streamed online to enable those not in attendance to follow the debates.

For the full #EYE2016 experience, our dashboard goes online on Thursday morning with live Twitter feeds, Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope and our rolling #EYEtv coverage of top activities and exclusive interviews with speakers and participants.

The ideas discussed at the EYE this week will be presented to MEPs later this year so make sure you join the debate using the  #EYEtv and #EYE2016 hashtags on Twitter. Contributions will be projected on special Twitter walls inside the rooms where activities are taking place with moderators selecting the best questions from the web to include them in the discussions.

The EYE will focus on five main themes:

  • War and peace: perspectives for a peaceful planet
  • Apathy or participation: agenda for a vibrant democracy
  • Exclusion or access: crackdown on youth unemployment
  • Stagnation or innovation: tomorrow’s world of work
  • Collapse or success: new ways for a sustainable Europe.

The activities range from workshops and debates to digital games and idea labs, while guest speakers include 2014 Sakharov laureate Denis Mukwege; Ensaf Haidar, the wife of 2015 Sakharov prize winner Raif Badawi; European Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

The 7,500 participants who have an average age of 21 and come from 39 countries will also be able to attend the many games and performances taking place at the YO!Fest within the grounds of the Parliament.

Want to take part in #EYE2016? Check out our Dashboard and click on the links to your right.