European Union External Action

Eastern Partnership Youth Conference “Youth for Rights”

On 27-28 October the Eastern Partnership Youth Conference “Youth for Rights” took place in Bratislava, Slovakia. The conference was organised by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) under the patronage of the Slovak Presidency in the Council of the European Union.

The conference gathered 145 young activists from all six partner countries, Russia and the EU who advocate human rights and democratic development of their societies. The event was opened by the video address from H.E. Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic, and Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General, DG NEAR, European Commission. 

The Iron Curtain used to be just 1 km away from here, you have not experienced it, but you face many other issues,” Katarina Mathernova said. “Your generation fills me with the hope and optimism for the future. You are best suited to address the challenges in your countries and work with the communities at the local level.”

On this occasion, participants discussed challenges and perspectives for the youth in the Eastern Partnership with focus on democracy and human rights, environment, inclusions and diversity, education and work, and adopted the declaration.

The results of the conference will be presented during the EaP CSF Annual Assembly, which will take place on 28-29 November 2016 in Brussels, and during the next meeting of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Platform 4 on 15 December 2016.

In order to access more information on the event go here .