Application EYE 2018

YEL Delegation EYE2016Join Young European Leadership’s (YEL) delegation at the European Youth Event (EYE) 2018, taking place on June 1-2, 2018 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg! If you are between 18 and 30 years old, apply now to have the unique opportunity to be a part of YEL’s delegation and join 8,000 young Europeans debating Europe’s future. Topics of the EYE 2018 will cover a wide range of issues from the digital revolution, equality, security and the environment, to the future of the European project. You will have the opportunity to explore these issues in a wide range of activities such as interactive debates, workshops and artistic performances.

The event is organized by the European Parliament. Application Deadline is Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, 23:59 Brussels time. More details are available at

Application SCWEC 2017

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YEL is now accepting applications for the YEL delegations to Smart City Expo World Congress!

The congress will take place in November, 14 – 16, Barcelona, Spain. Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is the international summit of discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution. This professional, institutional and social meeting point is a leading platform of ideas, networking, experiences and international business deals that gathers together the highest level of stakeholders, in the context of urban development.

Application Deadline is October 13th. More details are available at

MiSK Global Forum 2017

After an insightful and rich cultural experience at the MiSK Global Forum 2016, Young European Leadership is now…

Posted by Young European Leadership on Thursday, September 21, 2017

misk logo blueYEL is delighted to be accepting applications for the second YEL delegation to the MiSK Global Forum – Meeting the Challenge of Change, taking place November 15-16 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Airfare, accommodation, and other local conference costs are fully covered. Rolling admission, final deadline 24 September, 2017, 14:00h / 2:00 PM Brussels time (CEST). Insights and application at

The Forum will feature over 2,000 attendees between the ages of 18 and 35 from a wide range of backgrounds and focuses on a variety of multidimensional formats, culture and technology for young Saudis and Arab youth to network and engage with the brightest minds in the world.

8th Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

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Speakers at EUSBSR.

On 13-14 June 2017, YEL’s President Tillmann Heidelk represented the organisation in the 8th Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. He was one of the panelists in the session “Connecting the voice of youth for a sustainable future of the Baltic Sea region”.

According to the organisers, the Council of the Baltic Sea States, one of the key aspects for connecting the region is to address questions of education for Sustainable Development and active youth participation.

During the opening session, German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel underscored power of the Baltic Region for the European peace project. Former President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari carried on by stating that the well-being and success of the Baltic Region is tied to the well-being and success of EU, despite the uniqueness of the Baltic Sea Region.

Interview with YEL President Tillmann Heidelk at EUSBSR.

The panel “Connecting the voice of youth for a sustainable future of the Baltic Sea region” was co-organised by the Council of Baltic Sea States and the Baltic University Programme. It focused on finding the means on how to include the youth in achieving a sustainable Baltic Sea Region. For instance, a question arose whether a youth council for EUSBSR should be created. According to President Heidelk: “The panel had a rather uniform opinion, which was not necessarily shared with the (senior) members of the session.” He carried on by suggesting that a youth council is a good idea if it is properly integrated in the overall summit and not a secluded side event, which would essentially marginalise youth.

Panelists took into account the importance of youth organisations that are increasing awareness on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). For instance, YEL is working on SDG 16, which promotes peaceful and inclusive societies and access to accountable and inclusive institutions. However, young people still lack support to participate in decision-making procedures, especially at local level.

YEL Discussion Forum on Migration

Join YEL at the YEL Discussion Forum on migration 2017, taking place at June 22nd 2017 at the University Foundation in Brussels! The event is for free and will open with a reception. Register now at The event will welcome Ms. Claire Courteille-Mulder, Director of the Brussels Office at the International Labour Organization, Ms. Catherine Woollard, Secretary General at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, and Mr. Antoine Savari, Deputy Head of Unit Legal Migration and Integration at the European Commission, DG HOME.

Co-financed by Europe for CitizensThe event is organized by Young European Leadership in collaboration with Debating Europe. The event concludes a pan-European debate cycle, with events having been held in Berlin, Budapest, and Valletta. The debate is co-financed by Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.

Application Y7 2017

Represent the EU youth delegation at the #Y7 2017 in Rome this May, held under the auspices of the Italian G7…

Posted by Young European Leadership on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Join the Y7 delegation of the European Union! The Y7 Summit 2017 is taking place in Rome from Sunday May 7 to Tuesday May 9 2017. The theme of the Summit will be “Rethinking Innovation as catalyst for an inclusive, open and sustainable growth”. Application deadline is March 26th 2017!

Apply now:

Application BSIS 2017

Are you interested in human rights and security? Want to take an active role in discussing global solutions? On April…

Posted by Young European Leadership on Sunday, March 5, 2017

Join YEL’s delegation in partnership with BSIS to grasp the complexities of the ‘development dilemma’, forced migration, crisis situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, shadow justice from non-state actors, EU counter-terrorism, and much more!

Scholarships available! Apply now: