Europe represents an extraordinary opportunity to shape the personal, professional and common future of young people. At the same time, the challenges at global level, in addition to the crises that Europe is going through (Brexit, Covid-19), are important issues that young Europeans must and will face in their daily lives.
They want to support young people in their hopes and in their enthusiasm for Europe.
The “Europe: now more than ever” call for projects aims to support projects to:
- Continue to foster European exchanges on one or multiple European topics either in a digital or physical manner;
- Enhance intercultural competences of young people in Germany, France and Europe in order to develop new perspectives for youth exchange;
- Strengthen young people’s commitment to Europe.
An eligible project should address one or more of the following key topics
- The future of Europe from the young people’s perspective. How to go on after the Brexit and the corona crisis?
- Brexit, the health crisis as well as the crisis of multilateralism, present the European Union with historic challenges. How do young Europeans imagine the future of the European unification project?
- The corona crisis as a European experience and challenge
- The current crisis is shaping a generation of young Europeans. It puts their democracies, they health systems, their education systems, their economy, and the freedom of travel, but most of all social solidarity to the test. How do young people experience the crisis and how can they strengthen the European integration? Will their democracies emerge stronger from this crisis?
- Vocational training, entrepreneurship and artificial intelligence
- The issues at stake in innovation raise questions from an economic, socialpolitical, scientific and ethical viewpoint. The current crisis and the economic challenges it poses also mean that education must be rethought. Young people are challenged to adapt their skills to a constantly changing world. How can they strengthen lifelong learning? What significance does artificial intelligence have for the future of Europe? What incentives does Europe offer young people to set up start-ups and to engage in social and ecological economic activity?
- Sustainable development and environmental protection
- There is no planet B. The European Commission is putting sustainable development and environmental protection at the centre of its priorities, thus responding to a demand from young people: How can ecological issues be responded to against the background of the current health crisis? How can young people get involved in the protection of environment and climate throughout Europe?
- Sports and culture
- In the post-war period, encounters in sports and culture were the beginning of the German-French youth encounters for a united Europe. During the corona crisis, a great number of sports events and cultural projects had to be cancelled or postponed. How can they strengthen the European encounter and exchange with sports and cultural events?
- The bilateral and trilateral youth encounters on European themes and projects can take place online, physically or in a mixed format and can be funded with up to 15,000 euros per project.
This call for proposals is intended to foster meetings and discussions on European issues. It is directed more specifically at young people involved in or hoping to become involved in civil society at local level. The FGYO particularly encourages the participation of young people with limited access to mobility to become involved.2 There should be diversity and an even gender balance among the participants.
- Project organizers may be non-profit associations, local or regional authorities, organisations and federations in the field of informal education of children and teenagers, culture, science, media and sport as well as schools, universities, vocational schools and town twinning.
For more information, visit https://www.fgyo.org/calls-for-applications/europe-now-more-than-ever.html