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European Solidarity Corps needs proper funding, urge MEPs

Plenary Session Youth / Employment policy06-04-2017 - 12:30

The new EU Solidarity Corps (ECS) initiative, which aims to create 100,000 volunteering and job placement opportunities for young people, needs proper legislation and funding, say MEPS in a resolution passed on Thursday. Its funding should under no circumstances be at the expense of the Erasmus+ or other EU programmes, they add. (Read more: European Solidarity Corps needs proper funding, urge MEPs )


The new European Solidarity Corps deserves its own budget – it should not be funded at the expense of the Erasmus+ or Europe for Citizens programmes, urge Culture and Education Committee MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Offering young people an opportunity to take part in solidarity schemes all over Europe would help them to gain experience for future long-term jobs, they add. (Read more: EU Solidarity Corps not to be funded with Erasmus+ budget, urge culture MEPs )


E-democracy: opportunities and risks

Others Youth15-03-2017 - 15:58

Eight out of 10 Europeans used internet at least once a week last year, according to Eurostat. But although the internet has become a part of everyday life, it is still not being fully used to boost democracy. On 16 March MEPs adopted a report stressing that new information technologies offer great opportunities to involve people more in the democratic process. (Read more: E-democracy: opportunities and risks )

Charlemagne Youth Prize winners in 2016  

Young people who make a difference deserve recognition. That is why the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation award the Charlemagne Youth Prize every year. If you are between 16 and 30 years old and run a project with a European dimension, do not hesitate to apply for our competition. The winning projects will benefit from recognition and media coverage as well as prize money to further develop the initiative. You now have until 20 February to register. (Read more: Charlemagne Youth Prize: deadline for applications extended to 20 February )


EYE hearings: empowering young people

Others Youth02-12-2016 - 12:46
INTRO: Remember #EYE2016? Well it’s not over yet! In the past weeks participants at May’s European Youth Event addressed members of the EP on their ideas for a better Europe.  

Some 7,500 young people came to the Parliament in May 2016 to come up with ideas on how the improve the situation in Europe as part of the European Youth Event (EYE). In recent weeks a number of these participants were invited to present their ideas on anything from asylum policy to e-voting to Parliament committees. Thanking participants at the end of the hearings this week, Vice-President Mairead McGuinness said: “Your future is determined by politics, make sure you are involved in it." (Read more: EYE hearings: empowering young people )

Charlemagne Youth Prize winners 2016 (L-R)  

Young and eager to change things. These are the winners of the Charlemagne Youth Prize, awarded by Parliament and the Charlemagne Prize foundation on 3 May. On 10-11 Octobery, they visited the European Parliament, where they presented their projects to the culture committee, spoke with President Martin Schulz and followed several MEPs during their daily routine. (Read more: Charlemagne Youth Prize winners at the European Parliament )

EYE 2016 participant takes the floor in the EP hemicycle  

Last May 7,500 young people from across the EU came to the Parliament in Strasbourg for the biennial European Youth Event (EYE). Following two days of discussion on issues ranging from migration to youth unemployment and climate change, 50 of the most interesting ideas from EYE2016 were handed over to MEPs in September. EYE participants present those ideas to Parliament committees in October and November. You too can join the debate online by using the hashtag #EYE2016. (Read more: European Youth Event: participants present ideas to Parliament's committees )


Press information: European Youth Event (EYE) 2016

Others Institutions / Youth20-05-2016 - 09:09

The second edition of the European Youth Event (EYE2016) takes place at the EP in Strasbourg on 20-21 May. "Together we can make a change" is the motto of the event where 7,500 young Europeans (aged 16-30) will make their voices heard in debates and workshops with Members of the European Parliament and other political decision-makers and opinion-builders. The ideas discussed at the EYE will be presented to MEPs. Journalists not present in Strasbourg can follow key parts of the event online (Read more: Press information: European Youth Event (EYE) 2016 )


And the 2016 Charlemagne Youth Prize goes to...

Others Culture / Youth04-05-2016 - 08:30
Group photo of the 2016 Youth Charlemagne Prize Ceremony in Achen  

Italian project InteGREAT to support the integration of refugees has been named as this year's Charlemagne Youth Prize. The award is given out by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation every year to young people aged between 16 and 30 who have been involved with projects helping to promote understanding between people from different European countries. The ceremony took place in Aachen, Germany, on 3 May. (Read more: And the 2016 Charlemagne Youth Prize goes to... )


Traineeships at the Parliament: don't miss your chance to apply before 15 May

Others Institutions / Youth08-04-2016 - 09:46
Traineeships at the EP: do not miss the chance to apply before 15th of May  

A traineeship at the European Parliament offers a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in an international and multicultural environment. If you want to become a part of Parliament's day-to-day business, apply for a traineeship before the deadline of 15 May. Read on for more information. (Read more: Traineeships at the Parliament: don't miss your chance to apply before 15 May )