From 22 to 23 June, the 3rd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum was held in Warsaw, Poland. The event included over 300 participants from 39 countries, and provided an opportunity for youth leaders, workers, and policymakers to meet and decide how they can work together to improve prospects for young people in Europe and its neighbouring region.
The Eastern Partnership is a policy initiative of the EU, its Member States and 6 eastern European partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
The Youth Forum focused on how young people can be more active citizens and be more involved in decision-making.
Young people from all over the EU and Eastern Partnership countries brought with them their experiences of volunteering, youth exchanges and non-formal education. After discussions in workshops and seminars, they put forward their own recommendations to the EU, its Member States and Eastern Partnership governments on how to shape future youth policies. These proposals will also be fed into the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels on 24 November.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations and Martine Reicherts, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture at the European Commission, attended the event and took the time to meet a group of Erasmus+ alumni from Eastern Partnership countries.
From lively conversation to committed debate, the 3rd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum was an overwhelming success, on top of being a fun experience. Young people from both the EU and neighbouring countries were given the opportunity to influence the youth policy agenda. They were also given the chance to learn about the wide range of educational opportunities available to them through Erasmus+ and other EU initiatives.