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European Youth Week 27 April - 10 May 2015

The seventh edition of European Youth Week (EYW2015) was celebrated across Europe during the two week period from 27 April to 10 May 2015.

 

EYW2015 consisted of a broad range of events and activities organised in all 33 countries participating in the European Union's Erasmus+ programme, with the coordination and organisation of events entrusted to the Erasmus+ National Agencies for youth.

The theme of the EYW2015 was Unlocking young people's potential as a key to participation, in working life and in society with a focus on embracing diversity through youth participation.

This emphasised the importance of empowering young people in all aspects of society, as a way to promote a thriving democracy and of young people's inclusion, especially in work.

Highlighting Erasmus+ programme's activities in the youth field was a focal point of the EYW2015. The event also offered an opportunity to showcase the successful implementation of the former Youth in Action programme.

In Brussels, there was High-Level Debate on 6 May on the themes of EYW2015. The event concluded with a ceremony to present awards to three outstanding projects supported by the Youth in Action and Erasmus+ programmes.

There was an exhibition showcasing all the projects shortlisted for the awards on the Esplanade of the European Parliament on 6 May, as part of the "YO!Fest" organised by the European Youth Forum.

In addition, EYW2015 saw the launch of Ideas Labs, a new concept to give young people space to express their fresh and inspiring ideas on youth empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship, as well as global development issues.

Other events held as part of the week were the Structured Dialogue Conference on 4-6 May and the Launch Event of the Inlcusion and Diversity Straetgy for the Erasmus+ youth field on 7 May.

Young people wanting more information on the EYW2015 can visit the website that also gives an overview of the activities organised throughout Europe.

 

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