Europe’s youth stand against Russian aggression and in support of Ukraine’s future

Europe’s youth stand against Russian aggression and in support of Ukraine’s future

Joint Declaration: Europe’s Youth Stand Against Russian Aggression & In Support of Ukraine’s Future

We, YEPP, YES, LYMEC, JEF, FYEG, YDE and EFAY, condemn the actions of the Russian Federation in the direct violation of international law and the peace established in Europe. Russia must cease all military actions, withdraw its military presence from Ukraine and desist from destabilising Europe’s Eastern regions.

These last few months have clearly shown that the Russian Federation does not look to adhere nor respect international law. Hence, we ask both the EU and NATO to take necessary measures and sanction Russia for their continued unprovoked and unjustified violations.

With the recent illegal recognition of two breakaway Ukrainian regions and unprovoked hostile attacks by the Russian Federation, we see it as crucial that necessary and consequential actions are taken. It is in times like these that clear and strong stances truly make a difference. The EU can no longer rely on effective rhetoric, but must instead take effective measures and turn words into actions.

We appeal to the EU to:
● Provide urgent Humanitarian aid and financial assistance where necessary
● Enhance security cooperation, included through the use of the European Peace Facility
● Impose strong and essential sanctions on Russia immediately
● Continue allowing Ukrainians into the EU without visas and fast-track asylum processes for Ukrainian refugees

All signing organisations of this statement will continue to stand for peace, security, diplomacy and rule of law. We cannot remain silent with a government that continues to go against our fundamental
principles.


Ukraine’s future lies in the hands of the country’s youth and over the coming weeks and months,consistent engagement with the country’s pro-European youth will play an important role in shaping the future they will have to live in.


We reiterate our commitment to both support and stand with our Ukrainian friends and thank our Ukrainian member organisations for their continued upholdment of our European values, despite all odds.


We all continue to #StandWithUkraine

The organisations:
• Youth of the European People’s Party
• Young European Socialists
• European Liberal Youth
• Young European Federalists
• Federation of Young European Greens
• Young Democrats for Europe
• European Free Alliance Youth

BAN UNPAID INTERNSHIPS!

BAN UNPAID INTERNSHIPS!

The global pandemic has put our lives on hold for the last two years. While our classes were moved online, not only we missed key events that were to shape our lives, we suffered social and economic instability. We were no longer able to rely on libraries for our books and materials. We had to buy additional technology to follow online classes. We were forced to pay fees for the dormitories we were not staying in. Our part-time jobs disappeared. Some of us had to rely on food aid and some of us had to drop out of education.

The challenges brought by the pandemic combine with the long existing struggle of making ends meet; finding affordable housing, gaining experience and finding meaningful work that strengthens our skill set while making it easier for us to navigate the labour market. 

Internships have become a common way to gain work experience and set a foot in the door of the labour market. Yet, the ever-increasing reliance of employers on unpaid internships is rendering the transition from education to work particularly perilous for today’s youth. 

2022 was announced as the European Year of Youth by the European Commission. This year has to be the year that we once and for all end unpaid internships and traineeships in Europe.

  • Unpaid internships are exploitative: Young people are exploited by working for free under the pretense of gaining experience. Experience does not pay the bills. Work is work, and it should be paid. Moreover, unpaid interns or other interns who are exploited are often unable to seek the support or advice of a union. 
  • Unpaid internships are unjust: In certain sectors of the labour market, entry-level positions have been fully replaced by unpaid internships. Not only do unpaid internships offer none of the security and value of a real, paid job, they also make certain sectors inaccessible for people who cannot afford to work for free. Those who come from wealth are given yet another advantage in life.
  • Unpaid internships perpetuate inequality: Young people who do not have the privilege of financial security, parental support or cheap housing cannot take unpaid internships, making it even harder to begin their working life and benefit from social mobility. 

Internships are work and work must be paid. Unpaid internships are a violation of young people’s right to fair remuneration. Beyond a ban on unpaid internships, we need fair wages for interns accompanied with a European status for interns and trainees, guaranteeing a minimum standard of rights concerning working conditions. 

Providing fair wages for interns will benefit all of society. We will be justly rewarded for our hard work and we will have greater financial security to withstand any future crisis. Access to career opportunities will be opened up to all young people and not just those who can afford to work unpaid. Even businesses will be able to benefit through the potential to recruit young people from a more diverse range of backgrounds and uphold young people’s rights.

We are calling on the European Commission and the Member States to put forward a common binding legal framework for an effective and enforceable ban on unpaid internships, traineeships and apprenticeships and providing a minimum standard of rights concerning working conditions.

About us

The Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) is the European umbrella organisation for 36 Young Green organisations from all over the continent, comprising local ecological groups, student unions, youth wings of Green parties and Green Youth NGOs. In addition, FYEG is also the independent, official youth wing of the European Green Party (EGP).

The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) is a pan-European political youth organisation seeking to promote liberal values throughout the EU as the youth organisation of the ALDE Party and its parliamentary group in the European Parliament (Renew Europe). LYMEC is present all over Europe in 40 countries through 62 organisations and individual members.

The Young Democrats for Europe is the youth wing of the European Democratic Party and of Renew Europe, Parliamentary Group. The YDE has 13 members in 10 European countries and partners in a dozen of other European countries.

Young European Socialists (YES) – formerly ECOSY – is the biggest party political youth organization in Europe. YES unites the youth of socialist, social democratic and labour movements all over the continent to campaign and organise at the European level and to provide a forum for debate, advocacy, capacity-building and exchange for all European young socialist activists.

The Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) is a non-partisan youth NGO with 10,000 members active in over 30 countries. The organisation strives towards a federal Europe based on the principles of democracy and subsidiarity as well as respect for human rights.

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. YFJ represents over 100 youth organisations, which bring together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe. The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organisation

Register for the Young Elected Leaders Summit 2022!

Register for the Young Elected Leaders Summit 2022!

Following on from the success of the previous Summits of Young Elected Local and Regional Leaders (#YELL) that took place in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, RenewEurope CoR group have yet again teamed up with European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) and Young Democrats for Europe (YDE) to organise a fifth in 2022.


This time the event will take place at the European Summit of regions and cities in Marseille 3-4 March. The European Summit of regions and cities is a gathering of local representatives organised every two years by the European Committee of the Regions to discuss the EU’s future challenges. With the support of the French hosts and co-organisers, youth representatives, and a wide participation enabled by the hybrid format, the 9th European Summit of Regions and Cities invites citizens and their elected representatives to help design a more resilient, cohesive and democratic European Union.

▶️ Register through this link, deadline for registration is February `4.

More information on the call :

YDE Congress 2020 : New board elected

The Congress of the Young Democrats for Europe (YDE) was held, online, on Saturday, November 7. The 13 parties of the youth organisation of the European Democratic Party approved the activity and financial report of the 2018-2020 board and prepare the ground for the next one.

Before proceeding to the renewal of the board, the YDE welcomed a Romanian member, the youth organisation Pro România Tineret. The party already associated with the YDE wanted to formalise its rapprochement in order to act more on European politics and spread our values across Europe. It is also a great opportunity for the YDE to be even more involved in the eastern Balkan.

Begoña Garteizaurrecoa (Euzko Gaztedi Indarra) who did not stand for her own succession has left the place to Asier Areitio (Euzko Gaztedi Indarra) who becomes the new president of the YDE. Unanimously elected like the rest of his board, he first of all thanked Begona for his work as well as all the parties that support him for this new term.

Asier Areitio announced that he wants to work with the entire Board so that the YDE become a reference for all young people in Europe who support the values of freedom and democracy, values that are, today more than ever, necessary to face the populism that is rising all over Europe. This is why he insisted on the need for the YDE to work to spread the values of the EU, the cement of the unity of European youth.

It is Ugo Rostaing (Jeunes démocrates) who replaced François Dogon (Jeunes démocrates) as Secretary General. The latter will nevertheless remain a member of the board for the next two years.

Ugo Rostaing also recalled the importance for the YDE to gain recognition on the European scene by relying on the EDP’s European elected representatives as well as the associations that invigorate the European democracy. He sees the Conference on the Future of Europe as a major opportunity for young people who are constantly demonstrating their commitment to the planet, freedom, and equality.

 

The full board of YDE for 2020-2022 will be:

–           President : Asier Areitio (Euzko Gaztedi Indarra)

–           Secretary general: Ugo Rostaing (Jeunes démocrates)

–           Treasurer: Cristina Gennari (Generazione Futura (Repubblica Futura))

–           Spokesperson: Sergio Soares (Junge Freie Wähler)

–           VP Communication: George Efstathiou (Symmaxia Neon)

–           VP Events: Miroslav Stanici (PRO ROMANIA)

–           Santiago Guttierrez (Jóvenes Nacionalistas Canarios)

–           Anita Velic (Narodna stranka-REFORMISTI)

–           François Dogon (Jeunes démocrates)

–           Tina Andrioti (Neolaia Enosis Kentroon)

–           Alena Minns (Mladí Európania)

–           Eiza Gallo (PDE Italia youth)

 

Finally, delegates adopted the action plan of the new board and two resolutions. The action plan is based on the political priorities set out in the resolutions. European citizenship, through the promotion of EU values and participation in the Conference on the Future of Europe as well as the transition to a greener economy will therefore be the two guiding threads of the YDE board’s action for the next two years.

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