In 2017 we have been coping with the aftermath of the turbulent events that shook the world in 2016, and one undeniable fact has emerged: young people must be a part of the equation and cannot be ignored. What has been our message for years, is now what everyone is talking about: young people cannot be left behind. We are the driving force of society in every sector, from art and culture, to technology, to the future of work, sustainable development and politics, whether we are invited to the table or not.
The European Youth Forum works to ensure that the voice of young people is always heard and brought to the table, especially within key discussions. Our efforts to #YouthUp Europe continue, as does our relentless fight #ForYouthRights. We can be proud of what we achieved in 2017, the first year of this Board’s mandate. We put our Member Organisations at the core of everything we did.
This ranged from getting to know them better, improving how we communicate, and to include them in high-level discussions with European leaders, such as at the Social Summit in Gothenburg, the Africa-Europe Youth Summit in Abidjan, and the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York among others. We have also been at the forefront of key debates, notably with shaping the Future of Europe and making our voice heard when the UN Human Rights Council adopted the resolution on youth and human rights. In addition, we lodged our first Collective Complaint under the European Social Charter taking legal action against Belgium on the issue of unpaid internships. We are also leading the conversation in Europe when it comes to young people’s role in the implementation of the SDGs and the 2030 agenda, to name a few!
In 2017, youth organisations proved once again what they are able to do in order to bring about real change and rise to the challenges of this generation. For instance, in Estonia, the voting age was lowered to 16 in local elections, thanks to the efforts of youth organisations! This is only one example of the strong impact we can achieve, be it at the local, national or European level. In 2017, Varna was the European Youth Capital - a title that is continuing to transform the role of cities and how they put the needs and rights of their youth at the core to thrive. We are thrilled to see the amazing work of the 2018 European Youth Capital of Cascais, and cannot wait for the work of the upcoming title winners Novi Sad in 2019 and Amiens in 2020. We look forward to continue supporting stronger youth movement and working together!
These are all steps in the right direction, but our work doesn’t stop here! In November our Membership unanimously gave us the mandate to fight for a ten times bigger Erasmus+ programme which we are fighting for gaining support from Member States. We will continue working tirelessly on sustainable development, peace and security, and many more important fights lie ahead.
Thank you for being part of our adventure, shaping the world into what we strive for it to be.
|European Commission||€ 2,535,377||82%|
|European Parliament||€ 130,683||4%|
|Council of Europe||€ 93,000||3%|
|City of Maastricht||€ 91,844||3%|
|Others (UNHCR, Google, Maribel)||€ 55,445||2%|
|OTHER INCOME AND PARTNERSHIPS|
|Membership fees||€ 150,249||5%|
|TOTAL INCOME||€ 3,105,027|
|Policy and Advocacy||€ 1,300,869||42%|
|Operational Costs||€ 1,017,617||33%|
|YO!Fest 2018||€ 130,683||4%|
|YO!Fest 2017||€ 91,844||3%|
|Youth Initiative Fund / Google fellow||€ 16,445||1%|
|TOTAL EXPENDITURE||€ 3,105,027|