The call for application to join the YEP Programme in 2022 is now open. Young liberal local and regional politicians have until 8 April to send their application and have a chance to be selected to attend the 2022 programme of activities.
Are you a politician with a mandate at local or regional level in the EU, born after 1 January 1982? Are you willing to network, exchange best practices, obtain information on EU legislation and EU funding opportunities, contribute to the work of the European Committee of the Regions, and meet and debate with CoR members and other local, regional and European politicians? Then apply now to join the Young Elected Politicians (YEP) network!
The Young Elected Politicians programme (YEPs) is a network of politicians who are no older than 40 and hold a mandate at regional or local level in the EU. Up to date, more than 500 young politicians have joined it since its creation in 2019.
The YEP programme, and its online platform YEPCommunity.eu, offers an opportunity to network, exchange best practices, obtain information on EU legislation and EU funding opportunities, contribute to the work of the CoR, and to meet and discuss debate with CoR members and other local, regional and European politicians.
As 2022 is the European Year of Youth, the YEP Programme will therefore have a special focus on youth issues this year and contribute to the European Year of Youth.
The programme is structured around three topics:
1. Bringing Europe closer to its people
The YEP programme will help you to build bridges between your city and region and the EU, will give you inspiration on how to foster democracy, and will allow you to find ways of involving young people in democratic discussion and in local life.
2. Building resilient communities
Under this topic, the YEP programme will give you a deeper insight into the European Green Deal, to inspire and be inspired by the projects of fellow YEPs, CoR members and other politicians. You will also get to know how to contribute to EU climate change and carbon-neutrality targets.
3. Cohesion as a fundamental value
The YEP programme will allow you to learn about funding for local and regional authorities, to understand how cohesion policy can help the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and the development of your city and region, and to share best practices with other YEPs and politicians.