"Demanding and very creative - but also realistic"
On the 7th of June an international youth delegation of Young Ideas for Europe participants visited Brussels to hand over their European Action Plan “New Energy for Europe” to EU decision makers. The 16 youngsters came from 9 countries (Greece, the UK, Italy, Latvia, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Lithuania and Cyprus) and took part in the second ever European hand-over event. “It was an honour – and it was great fun” was John from Cyprus’ verdict at the end of the day. >> more
Welcome to "Young Ideas for Europe"!
Through the Young Ideas for Europe initiative, we are giving young people from across the European Union the opportunity to play an active role in the European decision making process.
Enthusiasm for the European Idea; interaction and exchange across borders; forging a common understanding among citizens – these are goals we must not let out of our sights, lest the process of European integration come to a standstill. It is particularly important to motivate and mobilize young people to take part in this process, to develop their own concepts and visions for a peaceful Euroepan coexistence. Young people are not suffering from Europe- or political-fatigue. Quite the contrary! But they do need the opportunity and the space to participate, to debate and above all to be heard. >> more
14.09.12 German foundations launch “I want Europe” initiative
The European debt crisis is not only a crisis of the European financial system, but also a crisis of the European idea. Europe entails a number of important benefits for Germany – but also for other European countries. A group of eleven German foundations committed to a strong Europe – among them...>> more
08.06.12 "Demanding and very creative - but also realistic"
International Young Ideas for Europe delegation meets EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and debates Action Plan in European Parliament>> more
What is "Young ideas for Europe"?
Young Ideas for Europe is an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, realized by IFOK, which inspires young people between the ages of 15 and 18 years to actively shape Europe’s political, economic and social future by giving them not only a forum, but a true voice in European politics.
In 2008, the project’s first year of implementation, over 600 young people in 6 countries participated in a dialogue over the course of 26 weeks.
In 2009 and 2010, more than 1,000 young people from all over Europe will formulate a common “Action Plan: New Energy for Europe”. The core of the initiative is a 5-day workshop, during which young people will debate and develop their ideas for energy policy and climate change together with guidance from experts from across the political spectrum, as well as participants in other European countries.