The European Parliament is proud to support the European Youth Forum in organising its second Youth Convention on Volunteering, which will take place in Brussels from 7 to 11 September 2011 under the title “Young Volunteers Stand Up!”. Set to attract around 1000 young people from 27 European countries and beyond, the Convention will be the biggest civil-society event during the 2011 European Year of Volunteering.

A press conference will be held on Wednesday 7 September at 3.30 p.m. in the European Parliament press conference room (Anna Politkovskaya, PHSA050) to present the activity-rich programme of the Convention. Speakers will include:

- Mr Gianni Pittella, MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament

- Ms Katarina Nevedalova, MEP and Vice-President of the European Youth Forum

- Mr Giuseppe Porcaro, Secretary General of the European Youth Forum

- Mr Staffan Nillsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee

- Mrs Marian Harkin, MEP

Amongst many other events, 80 youth organisations and partners will build a Volunteering Village on the Esplanade of the European Parliament. The official Village opening will take place on 8 September at 6.00 p.m. in presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Mathilde of Belgium and Ms Isabelle Durant, MEP and EP Vice-President.   

The programme will feature a Stakeholder Conference, which will discuss a Charter on the Rights of the Volunteer, interactive debates, workshops and trainings on volunteering. There will also be a free music festival ("YO! Fest"),  featuring Hot Chip DJ Set – Al Doyle, Motel Connection, Ojos de Brujo, La Chiva Gantiva and other bands.

Interviews will be possible. Please contact for more information.