YEU in 2017 YFJ COMEM
From the 20th to the 22nd April, Brussels was, for moments, the European Capital of Youth. During this period, the #YouthUP Gala and the Council of members (COMEM) of the European Youth Forum brought together the largest group of European youth leaders and more than 100 delegates from Member Organizations of European Youth Forum (EYJ).
The annual Council of members of the European Youth Forum is an opportunity for members of the largest platform of youth organisations in Europe to reunite its members and to discuss and vote on crucial matters.
On the 20th April, the #YouthUp Gala marked the start of the COMEM, where mayors and city representatives from the European Youth Capitals signed a pledge where the participation of youth is the key priority for their cities, committed to investing in local projects for young people and include them into decision-making processes.
Youth for Exchange and Understanding was represented by its board members, Matej Manevski, our YEU President, João Dias and Valentina Antic, both YEU Vice-Presidents, as well as its member organization, Foundation of Regional Initiatives from Ukraine.
This year, the election of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, was one of the highlights alongside the adoption of two policy resolutions focusing on LGBTQI in Turkey and the arbitrary detention of gay and bisexual people in Chechnya.
On the the first day of the COMEM, the Progress Report and 2016 Annual Report were presented by the Board and Secretary-General of EYJ and adopted by the COMEM. As delegates, we had the chance to participate, discuss and present our views in different topics, such as: European Solidarity Corps, Future of Erasmus+, European Pillar of Social Rights, etc. At the enf of the day, our candidate Matej Manevski, presented his vision about the promotion of human rights online, recognition of youth work and improvement of funding schemes at the debate of the Advisory Council candidates.
At the last day of the COMEM, Member Organisations had the opportunity to showcase their innovative projects and ideas, giving space to peer learning and exchange of best practices. On representation of YEU we had our member organisation from Ukraine, Foundation of Regional Initiaves (FRI), by Oleksandra Bilyaze where she presented their work about summer camps.
As a result from elections of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, YEU is happy and proud to announce that our candidate and President, Matej Manevski, was elected with the highest number of votes from all the candidates.
On the personal side, this was my first experience at the COMEM, which turned to be a great opportunity to learn about EYJ’ structure, to form new partnerships and represent our network at European level.