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WHAT IS THE EYE?
The EYE (European Youth Event) brings together at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and online thousands of young people from all over the European Union and the world, to share and shape their ideas on Europe’s future.
It is a unique opportunity for 16 to 30 year olds to interact, inspire each other and exchange their views with experts, activists, influencers and decision-makers, right in the heart of European democracy.
EYE2023, the fifth edition of the event, took place on 9 and 10 June and featured both in-person and hybrid activities in Strasbourg. In light of the European and global context and ahead of the European elections 2024, part of this edition’s programme focused on the role of democracy and youth engagement.
Following the event, the ideas, expectations and concerns from young people will be collected in the Youth Ideas Report distributed to all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). Some participants will be able to further develop the most inspiring ideas and present these directly to the MEPs during the EYE Hearing.
The EYE strives to promote equality, inclusiveness and sustainability with a strong commitment to accessibility for everyone. Our aim is to accommodate the needs of all participants and to implement solutions that make the event sustainable and environmentally friendly. After the edition of 2023, the ISO 20121 certification for sustainable event management of the EYE was renewed thanks to continued improvements on the sustainability and accessibility if the event.
EUROPEAN YOUTH HEARING & EYEDEA BOOSTERS
The European Youth Hearing is the key moment for young people to present to and discuss with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and other decision-makers the ideas shared and discussed during the EYE, with the aim of shaping the future of the EU. Published in the Youth Ideas Report and shared with Members and relevant stakeholders, the ideas presented are the top-voted ideas on Europe’s future by young people from across the European Union and beyond. The European Youth Hearing is also an opportunity for Members to highlight the legislative work already undertaken by the European Parliament and to discuss future priorities with young people, whose participation in the political process is vital.
Ten volunteers called EYEdea Boosters and selected through an open call, are in charge of presenting the most popular ideas to MEPs and other relevant decision makers during the European Youth Hearing. Supported by a series of workshops with the Youth Outreach Unit, relevant stakeholders and decision-makers, the EYEdea Boosters will develop their chosen idea into a concrete result. EYEdea Boosters will be given further opportunities to get involved and give visibility to their projects in the run up to EYE2025.
EUROPEAN YOUTH HEARING
During EYE2023, more than 1000 ideas for Europe's future were collected on youthideas.eu. The European Youth Hearing brought the 10 top-voted ideas directly to Members of the European Parliament. The event was also a key opportunity for young people to discuss their concerns with policy-makers ahead of the European elections in 2024.
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Youth Ideas Report
Discover the ideas of youth for the future of Europe.
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