In the context of Euro-sceptic contemporary dynamics, youth unemployment seems to be one of the major issues that member states currently face in their initiatives. Whether it is the impact that the economic crisis still has on member states, the moral facts, or the absence of initiatives which could create new available job opportunities; youth unemployment is vital.

The reason for that would surely be the development of state and furthermore, the development of Europe as a whole depends on youngsters’ involvement, on constant participation, considering it as a democratic promoted value as well.

Heinrich Boll Stiftung, in cooperation with Young European Federalists (SEF), with the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) and European Alternatives is organizing Youth Congress Europe’s Future – Your Future. The Congress will take place on October 18, 2013, at Heinrich Böll Foundation, Schumannstraße 8, 10117 Berlin, Germany. 

The topics of discussion will be mainly focused on the changes that should be made in order to re-establish a powerful European pattern, on democratic participation, the maintenance of economic stability, as well on climate and energy policy for the EU in the system of sustainable progress.

The aim of this public conference is to focus on solutions which will be beneficial first of all for the young people who desire to express their own views regarding the prospective European situation and then solutions which will practically benefit the entire society. Kick-off discussions with researchers, advisers and key members of Heinrich Boll Foundation in Berlin will create the perfect context for debating, understanding and accepting nowadays possibilities.

Furthermore, another objective of the initiative will also be to encourage and advise youngsters so that this step will be drawn as an important one for further actions. The provided platform for discussions will create as well a functional network for sharing of good practices, future projects and possible partnerships between participants.

The Foundation is inviting young and politically active Europeans to Berlin, to take part in the opening session that will take place on Friday, October 18, 2013.


The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform and an international network. It is closely affiliated to the German Green Party, promotes the development of democratic civil society at home and abroad, defends equal rights and equal opportunities regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or nationality.

In addition, it also supports cultural projects as part of the civic education programs, assists gifted, socially and politically active students and graduates in Germany and abroad. The foundation also co-operates with state foundations in all of the 16 German states and is mostly financed through public funds (currently around 45 million euros per year).

The primary objectives guiding our work are establishing democracy and human rights, fighting against environmental degradation, safeguarding everyone’s rights of social participation, supporting non-violent conflict resolution, defending the rights of individuals.

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Edited by: Laura Davidel