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YEU Data Protection Policy


1.1. Youth for Exchange and Understanding ASBL/VZW (hereinafter "YEU") respects the privacy of its users (hereinafter "Users").

1.2. YEU deals with the personal data transmitted to it in accordance with the European regulation in dealing with the personal data (Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data - of 14 April 2016), and applicable as from 25 May 2018.

1.3. Access to the or/and (hereinafter the "Websites") implies full and unconditional acceptance by the user of this Privacy Policy (hereinafter the "Charter"), as well as its Terms of Use (hereinafter the "ToU").

1.4. The User acknowledges having read the information below and authorizes YEU to deal, in accordance with what is specified below, with the personal data the person communicates on/to the Website within the framework of the service proposed by YEU (hereinafter the "Service").

1.5. By providing information to Users, YEU may be required to amend and adapt the Charter, in order to comply with any new applicable legislation and/or regulations, recommendations of the Belgian Privacy Commission, the guidelines, recommendations and good practices of the European Data Protection Committee and the decisions of courts and tribunals in this field.

1.6. The Charter is valid for all the hosted pages on the Websites and for the savings of these Websites. It is not valid for the hosted pages by third parties that YEU may redirect to and where their privacy policies may differ. YEU cannot be held responsible for any data processed on these Websites or by them.

1.7. The communication of personal data is sometimes necessary in order to access to certain parts of the Websites (for example registration on intranet to apply for YEU calls or opt-in subscription on Mailing List for Newmsail). Without communication  of certain data, by the User to YEU, access may be denied. 


2.1. Access to the Website shall in principle be possible without having to provide personal data, such as, for example, surname, first name, postal address, e-mail address, etc.

2.2. Access to the Website may require certain personal data by the User. In such case, the legal entities in charge of processing these data are:

A) Belgium: Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) 

Avenue du Suffrage Universel 49, 


Registration Number : 0826.071.596

Sector: International Non-Governmental Youth Organization 

B) Portugal : Youth Exchange Umbrella Ass. Juvenil (YEU) 

Edifício Ninho de Empresas - Gabinete 11 Estrada da Penha 

8000-489, Faro

Registration Number: 10-2-118 129 

Sector: Non-Governmental Youth Organization 

The User should be aware that all data collected are stored by the Belgian entity (A), therefore the Data Protection process and Privacy Policy is under the jurisdiction of Belgian Law. 

2.3. Any question or request concerning the processing of these data may be addressed to the following address: 



By browsing the Website, filling out forms from/on/by website, social networks or emails linked to YEU, the User allows YEU to register and maintain, for the purposes mentioned in point 4, the following information:

- identification data, such as surname and first name, gender, e-mail address, date of birth and contact information;

- the banking information in the case of reimbursement processes, such as bank account numbers, IBAN and BIC / SWIFT;

- communications between Users and YEU;

- the additional information requested by YEU (from the User in order to identify or prevent the person from breaching any of the provisions of the Charter; and

- any other information voluntarily transmitted to YEU by the User for a determined purpose in the Charter, in the ToU, on/to the Website or on any other communication tool used by YEU.


3.2.1 <<COOKIES>>

In order to facilitate browsing the Website and optimize technical management, the Website may use "cookies".

A "cookie" is a small file containing information saved by a website on the computer. This "cookie" can be retrieved during a subsequent visit to the same website. The "cookie" cannot be read by another website than the one that created it. The Website uses "cookies" for the purposes of good administration of the Website, in particular to save the User's browsing preferences, or to obtain information on the visited pages and the dates and times of visit.

Most "cookies" only work for a session or a single visit. It is also possible for the User to set up his browser to be informed during each creation of "cookie" or to prevent their saving, individually or not. However, disabling cookies may prevent access to certain parts of the Website or making access more difficult.

Subject to the prior consent of the User, the Website may also allow the use of third-party cookies, including the following:

- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

YEU uses on its Website the social modules of social network providers Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These social modules establish a direct connection to the server of the social network via the User’s browser. The social network provider on which the User has clicked receives information that the User has visited the Website. If the User is registered and identified on the relevant social network, the provider can correlate the profile of the User with the visited Website. The network provider can then establish future interactions. If the User is not registered with the social network, the provider can save the IP address of the User. In order to avoid transferring these data to the social network provider, the User must not click on the button corresponding to the social network.

User should be aware of the Privacy Policy of these Social Networks as YEU bring no responsibility on the collection of Data and relevant processes (e.g storing, process etc.) when User access Social Media (YEU pages or accounts). 


When the User accesses the Websites, the visited servers contain certain provided data, such as the IP address/Log In account used by the User (e.g. when logged in Intranet), the date and time of access to the Websites and any other data provided by the User during registration. 



Without prejudice to what has been specified under point 3.2. concerning the automatically transmitted data, the Websites collect, save and process the personal data of its Users in particular for the following purposes:

- to establish, carry out and conduct the contractual relationship with the User;

- for the User to apply to calls and therefore participate in events, activities and other processes offered by YEU;

- to incorporate users' personal data into one or more automated files;

- to analyze, adapt and improve the content of the Website;

- to detect and / or prevent fraud or similar activities of an illegal nature;

- to respond to requests for information;

- for any marketing and promotions actions offered by YEU to Subscribers of the Newsmail; and

- for any other purpose for which the User has expressly consented (opt-in).


YEU considers personal data as confidential information. It shall not communicate them to third parties under conditions other than those specified in the Charter or under the conditions in which it is required by law, including the competent authorities who request it.

4.2.1. YEU may transmit specific data to Partners of YEU. These specific data could be shared with Partners, only for the execution of events and YEU processes, that User will be informed and only in the case that consent has been given. 

YEU partners are considered: All YEU Members Organizations in the performance of their duties, any Public (e.g. Belgian Public Authority, National Agency), Regional and International (e.g. European Commission, Council of Europe) legal entity and/or legal entities in the non-governmental, educational and youth sector (hereinafter the "Partners"). In this context, YEU may communicate to its Partners, the personal information of its Users, for the purpose of accomplishing the purposes defined in paragraph 4.1.

4.2.2. YEU may transmit to third parties the personal information of its Users insofar as this information is necessary for the execution of a contract with its Users (for example, registration to an event or to organizer of an event to contact the User in relevance to the process that the second applied for, to proceed of contracting or subcontracting Staff member etc.). In such a case, such third parties shall not communicate this information to other third parties, except in one of the following two situations:

(i) disclosure by these third parties of such information to their suppliers or subcontractors to the extent necessary for the performance of the contract, and

(ii) where such third parties are obliged by the regulations in force to disclose certain information or documents to the competent authorities regarding the anti-money-laundering, as well as to any competent public authority in general.

The disclosure of such information to the aforementioned persons shall in all circumstances be limited to what is strictly necessary or required by the applicable regulations.

In order to discover new information or processes to its users that maybe be of interest to them, YEU may also disclose the personal information of its Users to third parties, insofar as the Users have explicitly consented to it.


YEU will not transfer data to a country which is not a member of the European Economic Area, unless it provides an adequate level of protection within the meaning of:

- the law of 8 December 1992 on the protection of privacy (including other laws under Data Protection and Privacy) or within the limits permitted by the same law, for example by ensuring the protection of data by appropriate contractual provisions.

- through the Decision 2001/497/EC of 27 December 2004 (ANNEX B) and Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council  of 05 February 2010 (Clause 12).


Personal data will not be used for direct marketing purposes for products or services other than those to which the User has already subscribed, therefore only by “opting-in". When the User has given his consent for the use of these information for direct marketing purposes, the User retains the right to oppose such use at any time, upon request and free of charge.

To do so, the User must unsubscribe with the corresponding link in each Newsmail by ticking the “Click to edit Email Preferences or Unsubscribe from this list” option at the bottom of the Newsmail. Beyond Newsmail subscription, referring to any other case, User can "opt-out" by contacting YEU at or any staff member of the Organization.

The User shall in all cases be responsible for the veracity of the data provided on their User account or to inform YEU of any amendments to the data by sending their ambiguous request at


5.1. YEU, in order to assure maximum possible security linked to use of personal and sensitive data, has appointed a Data Protection Officer and will set a Data Breach Policy.

Under the Article 5.1, the Data Protection Officer shall have at least the following tasks:

- to act as the contact point for the users and supervisory authority on issues relating to the processing and any other obligations set by relevant regulations;

- monitor and report the risks associated with processing operations, taking into account the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing;

- to inform and advise the controller, the processor and the employees who carry out processing of their obligations pursuant to the relevant regulations and data protection provisions;

- to monitor compliance with the relevant regulations and with the policies of the controller or processor in relation to the protection of personal data, including the assignment of responsibilities, awareness-raising and training of staff involved in processing operations, and the related audits;

- to provide advice where requested as regards the data protection impact assessment and monitor; 

- to cooperate with the supervisory authority.

Moreover, in the case of breach, YEU shall follow the Data Breach Policy and will take all necessary measures to resolve any issues within 72 hours. 

5.2. When it comes to servers hosting processed personal data, YEU has taken the adequate measures to prevent, to the extent possible, the servers from:

- accessing, processing or modifying these data without authorization;

- inadequately using or disclosing such data; and

- unlawfully destructing or accidentally losing such data.

5.3. In this respect, YEU employees who have access to personal and sensitive data are subject to a strict confidentiality obligation. YEU cannot, however, be held liable for any misappropriation of these data by a third party in spite of the adopted security measures.

5.4. The Users undertake not to commit any acts which may be contrary to the present Charter, the ToU or generally the law. Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer systems and saved data, processed or transmitted by such systems, or the attempt to commit any of these offenses, are punishable by three months to five years’ imprisonment and by a fine of twenty-six euros to two hundred thousand euros or by one of these penalties only.

5.5. YEU shall take the maximum possible measures to protect both online and printed personal and sensitive data, while monitoring the access and justified dissemination of such data, as defined under article 4 and article 7.

5.6. YEU will destroy, assuring the appropriate and most secure way, any data which are no more necessary for any ongoing, regulated or legal process related as defined under article 4 and paragraph 7.1.


YEU will normally keep the personal data of its Users for the period of 10 years. YEU may also continue to maintain personal data concerning the unsubscribed User, including any correspondence or request or assistance addressed to YEU, in order to be able to answer any questions or complaints that may be addressed to it, and in order to comply with all applicable laws, in particular the conservation of information on payments (like reimbursements) made.



7.1.1 The User may at any time request access, rectification or, if necessary, deletion to/ from their personal data, besides when article 7.1.2. applies, by sending a written request accompanied by a copy of their identity card or passport at:

- the following postal address: 

YEU International, 

Avenue Suffrage Universel 49, 

1030 Brussels 

-the following email address:

YEU will then take the necessary measures to satisfy this request as soon as possible.

7.1.2. The only exception that applies, in relation to article 7.1.1, is when YEU would have a legal obligation to keep certain personal data (like data in Participant List, Reimbursement forms and any other documents related to reporting required by funders). In this case YEU will notify the User about:

- which of their personal data are kept;

- period that these certain data will be held;

- what happens to their data after the period indicated by YEU.


8.1. Taking into account the different age limits of a minor in every National Law, YEU shall not collect or process any personal data of persons under the age of 16, defined as minor by Belgian law,or/and persons who do not have full legal capacity, if the following obligation is not fulfilled:

(A) Consent form by the legal guardian(s), allowing YEU to collect and process only the personal data provided (taking account the proper implementation of Article 5 and in accordance to Article 6 and 7);

When obligation (A) is fulfilled, any communication between YEU and User(s), concerning the personal data of persons under the age of 16 and persons who do not have full legal capacity, will be under maximum security ensuring the full protection of their personal and sensitive data. 

8.2. Persons under the age of 16 and persons who do not have full legal capacity are not permitted to communicate their personal data to YEU, with the only exception of subscribing to Newsmail as there is no collection of sensitive data (Subscription requires Name, Surname, Gender, Occupation and email).


9.1. The Charter shall be governed by the Belgian law to the fullest extent permitted by the applicable rules of private international law.

9.2. In the event of a dispute concerning the validity, application, interpretation or enforcement of the Charter, the courts of the judicial district of Brussels (Belgium) shall have exclusive jurisdiction, to the fullest extent permitted by the rules of private international law.

9.3. Before undertaking any legal dispute resolution, the User undertakes to resolve the dispute by amicable means by contacting YEU directly, if necessary by mediation, before resorting to arbitration, litigation, or any other means of dispute resolution.

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YEU International is partnering in the Erasmus Plus KA3 - Support for Policy Reform project “Time to be Welcome”. The project is led by the World Scout Movement (WOSM, project applicant) and is im ... Continue→

YEU in European Youth Conference in Kosice

Klaudia Zebrowska presents the summary of the work developed during European Youth Conference in Kosice, Slovakia. ... Continue→

YEU in preparatory meeting for YO! Fest

The 8th Edition of YO!Fest (Youth Opinion Festival), the annual political youth-led festival organised by the European Youth Forum, will be a space for young people to discuss their vision for Europe. ... Continue→

Erasmus+ Coalition Update

YEU is, as part of Erasmus plus Coalition coordinated by Lifelong learning Platform and European Youth Forum, advocating for certain improvement of the programme in order to make it more user and yout ... Continue→

GREAT and YEU in Mollina

As YEU was once more part of UYD in Mollina, we got the chance to work with AEGEE and the Scouts to promote the project during Sharing Workshops. ... Continue→

Joining hands is done but we continue the journey!

YEU has finished Joining hands project and it is happy to share with you the path of this trip. ... Continue→

The Journey – Stories of Migration, Tales of Inclusion is about to start

Project 2020 together with YEU is on the way to start the implementation of its' new project "The Journey" which got approved for funding, under Erasmus+ Project. ... Continue→

Variety is the spice of life – try walking in my shoes

Supported by European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe, YEU is preparing for implementation of one year workplan called “Variety is the spice of life – try walking in my shoes”. ... Continue→

YEU in upcoming Lifelong Learning Week

YEU as a member of Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP), will once more take place and follow-up discussions and outcomes. This will be on the benefit of Member Organizations and other YEU people. ... Continue→

Westen Balkans Summit - Connecting Youth conference in Paris / Regional Youth Cooperation Office

The Connecting Youth conference took place in Paris, 4 July 2016, in the margins of the Western Balkans Summit. Connecting Youth, brought together 150 young people from the EU and Western Balkans coun ... Continue→

YEU and Partners

It is summer and the weather in Brussels, not often but still, supports outdoors activities and events. Besides having partner organizations supporting and being there for YEU for its' 30th Birthday, ... Continue→

Meeting of YEU Working Groups - Capacity Building and Gender WGs

As part of the YEU Strategic Plan 2015-2017, YEU Workplan 2016 and commitment and need of current Governing Board (GB) to broaden and intensify the involvement of a greater number of people with the c ... Continue→

Governing Board meeting in Brussels (Belgium)

It became already a tradition that Governing Board of YEU meets always during the Conventions. From 21st until 23rd July we met in sunny Brussels to discuss current YEU issues, celebrate 30th YEU birt ... Continue→

Europe from Scratch – 35th YEU Convention and 30 Years of YEU International

Once more July is coming and so does the time for the YEU Convention. This time the place will be Belgium, but what else is there? YEU 30th BIRTHDAY is about to be celebrated as well. Read the article ... Continue→

GR-EAT Partners Meeting hosted by YEU

Meeting of Consortium on the Project GR-EAT Guidelines for Recognition European Advanced during 9th and 10th of June. ... Continue→

World Refugee Day

Once more on the 20th of June, since 2001, we "celebrated" the Refugee day. What are the thoughts and feelings. Who are these people who we call or define as refugees? ... Continue→

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