Youth Dialogue for Strong Civic Spaces in Eastern Partnership Countries

The  “Building a strong European Society” (BASES) project continued in 2021 under the new name “Youth Dialogue for Strong Civic Spaces”.  

During 2015-2020, more than 5,000 young people from the target countries have participated in activities supported by the German Foreign Office. They have contributed to a pluralistic, democratic society, fostering peaceful collaboration across Europe. Youth Dialogue for Strong Civic Spaces continued our efforts to build prosperous, democratic communities by activating participants of the programme and equipping them with knowledge and further skills. 

The European Youth Parliament in cooperation with EYP National Committees in countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine, as well as Russia) and Germany organised numerous parliamentary events and training initiatives throughout 2021.  

The project expanded cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries (read more about the context here) and Russia in the frame of the Civil Society Cooperation Programme supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. 

At least 1000 young people were able to join and directly benefit from the project. It facilitated multilateral youth exchanges in the target countries, built the resilience of youth activists and enabled young people with fewer opportunities to travel.  


The project aims to enable and empower more democratic, inclusive, and engaged societies by bringing young people together to exchange opinions while providing safe spaces for these meaningful encounters. 

The main goals of the project are to: 

Build resilience of National Committees by creating a safe space for peer-to-peer exchange on best practices.

Highlight the practical application of values in active citizenship and volunteers engaged also through measurement of impact using the new Impact Framework Foundation.

Foster a dialogue on values and understanding through intercultural exchange and mobility.

As a result, a connected network of the next generation of diverse young leaders in Eastern Europe has been equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to positively shape society around them. 



Through the project, EYP’s National Committees have developed a variety of formats focused on regional needs and trends, and involved young people from diverse educational and social backgrounds.  The events took place at the international, national and regional level in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia and Germany. The activities took place in a hybrid format: some parts of the project were digital-only, some were in-person, and some combined the two, allowing young people in one regions to meet in person and also connect through online with other groups meeting in other regions. 


Local Events

  • 23 – 27 June: National Selection Conference of
    EYP Armenia in Yerevan
  • 22 – 26 September: National Selection Conference of
    EYP Belarus in Kyiv
  • 19 – 23 November: National Selection Conference of
    EYP Georgia in Batumi


  • 15 – 17 May: EYP Georgia – Digital Fundraising Lab
  • 12 – 15 August: EYP Ukraine – Summer Training Camp in Odessa 
  • 20 – 21 August: EYP Russia – Capacity Building event in Kazan 
  • 9 – 12 September: EYP Germany and EYP Georgia –
    Summer Academy Hubs in Georgia, Germany and online
  • 4 – 10 October: EYP Azerbaijan – Training for EYP Trainers  
  • 25-28 November: Training for National Safe Persons

Alumni Events

  • March – July: Alumni Talks 
  • April – September: Mentoring programme 
  • May – June: Alumni Talks in the framework of the Mentoring programme  
  • 12 – 13 June: Digital Alumni Reunion 

The Alumni or the European Youth Parliament programme are at the forefront of political developments in their countries: some are members of national Parliaments, some are leading local NGOs or reporting for news outlets, some are organising civic movements.  

This project has connected senior Alumni with younger participants, enabling them to learn from different experiences. Through a series of digital talks, in-person networking conference and a 6-month mentorship programme, new connections between generations of young activists from various Eastern countries were failitated, promoting pluralism and enabling knowledge exchange. 


Travel Grants

Through the project, we were able to enable young people with fewer opportunities to travel regionally and internationally to experience intercultural exchange.  


Understanding Europe Online Courses

Understanding Europe crash courses promoted knowledge and encouraged young people to speak up and speak out on their issues.


The partners of the project worked collaboratively on the activities described. They met for a Common Strategy Meeting on the 21st of June 2021 to get to know each other, share expectations and exchange needs. The partners aligned their activities with the EYP Strategy 2021-2025 by choosing at least 3 objectives to focus on and making them more applicable with specific goals during the project. All partners will meet in January 2022 to evaluate the achieved impact and the common goals set in the beginning of the project.  

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