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What can Europe offer young people? On 9-11 May the Parliament brought together thousands of young people for the European Youth Event 2014 (EYE), seeking "Ideas for a better Europe". The participants discussed issues of importance to them, such as employment, with politicians, organisations and institutions from all over Europe.

EYE hearings at the European Parliament in Brussels        

Who says young people don’t want to get involved? Last year 6,000 young Europeans gathered in Strasbourg for the European Youth Event (EYE) 2014 in order to come up with fresh ideas for a better Europe. Some of the best ideas have now been presented to MEPs by some of the participants.

One of the participant of the EYE 2014 event held in Strasbourg at the European Parliament        

What happened to all the ideas discussed during the European Youth Event 2014, when 6,000 young Europeans met in Strasbourg to discuss the EU's future? From 20 January former EYE participants will present their ideas to a number of Parliament's committees. You can follow the hearings online and contribute to the discussion using the hashtag #EYEhearings.

EYE 2014 
  • 9-11 May 2014, Strasbourg 


EYE 2014 opening ceremony in Strasbourg        

Thousands of young people took part in the European Youth Event (EYE) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg last May with the aim of producing ideas for a better Europe. Some of the participants will now present these ideas to seven parliamentary committees to serve a source of inspiration for new EU initiatives.


What happens when you throw more than 5,000 young people from all over Europe together? They come up with innovative ideas for improving Europe! The European Parliament hosted the European Youth Event (EYE) in Strasbourg in May when participants generated many ideas. These have been collated in a final report that was handed to MEPs and will be presented to parliamentary committees to serve as inspiration.

EYE participant is listening to the closing discussion in the EP Plenary        

The European Youth Event final report has now been handed over to the MEPs. Last May, a few days before the European Elections, the European Parliament welcomed thousands of young people from across the continent to Strasbourg to share and discuss their ideas for the future of Europe. The European Youth Event (EYE2014) took place from May 9 to 11 and involved 5,500 young people aged 16 to 30 from across the continent.

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EU membership represents an advantage in a globalised world, according to 70% of young people in a survey commissioned by the EP in view of the European Youth Event 2014. The survey was conducted among Europeans aged 16-30 from all member states. It will serve as a source of facts and figures for the 5,000 young people meeting in Strasbourg on 9-11 May as it addresses the event’s five main themes: youth unemployment, digital revolution, future of the EU, sustainability and European values.


01) EYE participant is ready to rise the EU flag in Strasbourg        

The European Youth Event (EYE 2014) brought together 5,000 Europeans aged 16-30 to exchange ideas on youth-related issues in Strasbourg on 11 May. They took part in panel discussions on topics such as human rights, youth employment, the digital revolution and sustainability and talked about their ideas for the future of Europe with politicians, journalists and other decision makers. Their ideas will be handed to the newly-elected MEPs during the first plenary of July.

Strasbourg building for EYE        

Ahead of the European elections, 6,000 young Europeans will meet at the European Youth Event (EYE) on 9-11 May to participate in workshops, hearings, debates and discussions organised by the European Parliament and its partners. All the activities are based on five issues important to young people in Europe: employment, digital revolution, future of the European Union, sustainability and European values.

EYE story illustration        

Participants at the European Youth Event (EYE2014) will not only be able to discuss their ideas with business leaders and decision makers, but they will also have the chance to meet last year's Charlemagne Youth Prize winners. As part of EYE2014, thousands of young Europeans will meet in Strasbourg on 9-11 May to participate in workshops, hearings, debates and discussions organised by the European Parliament and its partners.

EYE campaign        

Thousands of young Europeans have now applied to take part in the European Youth Event (EYE2014) in Strasbourg in May. For all those who won’t have the chance to attend physically, there will be several other ways to follow and participate in the event online.


The map shows the latest youth unemployment rates. Click on a country to find out how much funding it will receive from the Youth Employment Initiative. (Sources: European Commission and Eurostat.)        

The EU launched a youth guarantee scheme to help the more than five million young Europeans who are out of work. On 26 February, MEPs questioned Commission and Council representatives on its implementation by EU countries, some of which suffer from extremely high levels of youth unemployment. Check out our interactive map to learn more about the latest youth unemployment rates in Europe.


From 9-11 May 2014, Parliament will open its doors to up to 5,000 young Europeans to come and participate in the European Youth Event. They will have to be aged between 16 and 30 and come from one of the EU member states or the candidate countries,


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