European Youth Week, the European Commission biannual event dedicated to young people, will take place from 29 April to 5 May across Europe.
Connected to the European Parliament elections, taking place from 23 to 26 May 2019, the theme for this year's event will be “Democracy and me”.
Whether a youth organisation, a municipality, a school or a group of young people is invited to organised a Youth Week event (it can be a discussion, workshop, presentation, flash mob or marathon). The focus should be on how young people can influence decisions and be active in society.
Events and activities will focus on the participation of young people in the decision-making process for policies that affect everyone. Voting in elections (formal democracy), either national or European, is the most important expression of democratic participation, but not the only one.
What happens between elections is equally important for a democracy to thrive: getting engaged in voluntary work, talking to policy-makers, protesting in front of a government building or boycotting something (democracy by 'doing'). And access to new forms of communication goes hand in hand with new forms of sharing opinions in the democratic arena.