The external relations secretary of the European Free Alliance youth, Adrian Fuentes, took part in the Council of Members / General Assembly of the European Youth Forum, which this year took place in Novi Sad (Vojvodina). This year elections were for the new board and presidency, and also several policy documents and resolutions were approved.
As a prelude to hosting the European Youth Capital next year, Novi Sad hosted last week the General Assembly of the European Youth Forum, the organisation that brings together European states’ national youth councils, and European INGYOs (international non-governmental youth organisations). EFAy has participated for several years in this Europe-wide institution, and currently participates as observer member, aiming to represent Europe’s stateless youth and the youth from ethnic and cultural minorities.
The GA of the European Youth Forum provides a great opportunity for EFAy, which allows us to network and foster our relations with other organisations that share values and struggles similar to ours. We held informal meetings with representatives of YEN (Youth of European Nationalities) and FYEG (the Federation of Young European Greens), as much as also held talks with other representatives of PPYOs (political party youth organisations).
Regarding the elections, Carina Autengruber, member of the Austrian Youth Council, was elected new president of the European Youth Forum and will serve a two-year term, along with the rest of the new board. The GA also debated and voted over several policy documents. Amongst others, the GA approved the policy platform for the 2019 European elections, presented by the board; the resolution supporting young people’s right to conscientious objection to military service, presented by EBCO-BEOC; or the resolution for fair remuneration of creators and a free internet, submitted jointly by EFAy and the rest of PPYOs (EDS, FYEG, IFLRY, IUSY, LYMEC, YDE and YES).
Another interesting part of the mission, was the opportunity to meet with members of the EFA member party LSV, based in Novi Sad and the surrounding region (Vojvodina). We had the chance to learn about this Central European region, with 6 official languages and a variety of ethnic and cultural minorities. Here, the League of Socialdemocrats of Vojvodina advocates for a multi-ethnic and autonomous Vojvodina, a challenge that is becoming more and more complicated with Belgrade’s centralist and Serbian nationalist agenda on the rise.
We wish the best for Vojvodina’s capital tenure of the European Youth Capital, starting the 1st of January, and hope that Novi Sad will build a more democratic and effective network of youth organisations, that could improve living standards for young people there.