Young Ambassadors on the Future of Europe
25 young people from 20 European countries between the ages of 17 and 25 were selected to be Young Ambassadors on the Future of Europe, so as to represent young people and their voices at the EU level. The group of Ambassadors mirrors the EU’s diversity and includes youth with a migratory background, those belonging to minorities in their country, and participants with various educational levels. They have summarised the input collected from young people across the continent in the Youth Vision for the Future of Europe paper focusing on the following issues:
European Values, Fundamental Rights, and Freedom; Europe’s Role in World Affairs; Digitalisation and Digital Transformation of the EU; Employment Opportunities and Conditions in Europe; Social Justice and Equality in Europe; Policy on Energy and Climate; Democracy in the EU and its Member States; Vision for the European Health Union.
The topic that came out as being one of the most important to both the Ambassadors and the many other young people who participated in the process was Energy and Climate. To address these concerns, the Ambassadors developed a separate Youth Vision for Climate and Energy Policy paper.
The Young Ambassadors on the Future of Europe came together in Berlin in September 2021 for the Future of Europe Lab where they formulated the main visions. Also, they joined the European Youth Event in Strasbourg in October 2021 where they advocated for their visions and had the opportunity to interact with decision makers who work in the relevant policy areas.
The video below shows the Young Ambassadors in action in Brussels.