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What is the Young European Council, and what makes it different from other events?
The Young European Council is an international youth conference where young people collaborate and create policy recommendations, from their own perspectives, on current EU initiatives. The YEC focuses on bringing together young people from each EU member state who are passionate about the future of the European Union and who are determined to make their voices heard in today’s decision making. It is not a simulation game: the YEC gives young people the opportunity to present actionable policy input to experts and decision-makers.
The YEC received significant public attention in the past. The 2015 edition received the European Charlemagne Youth Prize as third best project in the European Union. The YEC 2016 will be held under the Auspices of the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the European Union and the High Patronage of the European Parliament.
When and where will the YEC 2017 be held?
The conference itself will be held in Brussels from Monday 16 October to Thursday 19 October 2017. However delegates are expected arrive in Brussels on the morning of Sunday 15 October.
Can I still apply for the YEC 17?
I am not a European Union citizen, am I eligible to apply?
You are welcome to apply if you are a resident of any European Union country, or living in the EU for study or work purposes.
I am a high school student, am I eligible to apply?
No, the YEC is a conference is aimed at applicants who completed high school, e.g. for studies, trainees or young professionals. We would love to see you in a couple of years – sign up to our YEL’s Newsletter to stay in touch!
How much does the YEC cost?
The YEC includes a delegate fee in order to cover the costs of renting rooms in the European Parliament, as well as several social events including the highly-anticipated Eat & Meet dinner with influential EU policymakers as well as leaders from business, press and the third sector. The delegate fee will be 200 Euro, excluding the costs of accommodation for those who who require it, travel to Brussels and some lunches which are not covered by YEL.
Are there scholarships or travel support allowances available?
Yes, YEL provides a limited number of scholarships for travel and accommodation costs, such as through the MEININGER Scholarship. The application will be available after completing the application for the YEC. The deadline for scholarship applications coincides with the end of the application period for the YEC.
Is accommodation provided?
We organise accommodation at the MEININGER Hostel in Brussels, a long-standing supporter of Young European Leadership. MEININGER provides discounted access and the vast majority of delegates will be residing at MEININGERs. While it is no requirement to book your accommodation through Young European Leadership, it is highly encouraged you do so to maximize your experience at the conference.
How much preparation time is there for the YEC?
Delegates are expected to work with their specific topic councils in the summer leading up to the council.
Can I get a Certificate of Attendance?
Yes, Certificates of Attendance will be issued to all delegates after the final negotiation session of the YEC17.