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The Future Strategies Forum 2021

You want to debate strategies for the future of the European Union together with other young people? You want to meet like-minded young people from all over Europe? And express your own opinion on current political challenges? Then take part in the Future Strategies Forum in Magdeburg from 10th to 17th August 2021!

Interested people between 18 and 25 years old can apply to participate in the forum. We welcome your application, regardless of where you are in life and whether you already have experience with the EYP or not. We see ourselves as a diverse and inclusive organization and welcome every application - what counts is your motivation!

For all questions regarding the participation in the Future Strategies Forum 2021 and other EYP events, our member support can be reached at mitmachen@eyp.de.

Important note: We are fully aware of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and are thus organising the event in accordance with current regulations and legislation. We are also holding a well-prepared hygiene concept in readiness. We cannot foresee how the situation will develop until August 2021. If it is not possible to hold the event on the targeted dates, a postponement will be considered. This decision will be taken by the beginning of June 2021 at the latest and all involved parties will be informed timely.

What can you expect?

Application procedure

From May to June 2021 (more exact dates will be announced in due course), young people from all over Europe between 18 and 25 can apply. The application consists of short questions about the motivation of the participants and will be evaluated after anonymisation by a small team of the project management. The best 100 applicants will be invited to the event and the subsequent digital follow-up seminars.

At the Forum

The event is based on the format of the EYP's parliamentary simulations, which rest on three pillars: team building, committee work, and the general assembly. These will be complemented by other academic and cultural elements in the framework programme during the forum. The social programme includes, among other things, an exchange with experts, evening programme and workshops on the topic of sustainability. The event will be held in English.

After the Forum

After the physical event in Magdeburg has ended with the general assembly and a closing ceremony, the participants scatter all over Europe again. But this is not the end of the Future Strategies Forum project: The final element of the event is the digital follow-up seminars. In these webinars, participants can discuss the solutions they have developed with political decision-makers.

Do you enjoy debating? Would you like to experience the political processes on the European level at first hand and get to know many other highly motivated young people from all over Europe?

Then apply to participate in the Future Strategies Forum in Magdeburg 2021!

The application phase will open in May 2021, you will find more information on this website and on our Instagram @eypde!

Questions and Answers about the FSF

What is the Future Strategies Forum?

The Future Strategies Forum is an international, English-speaking forum for young Europeans. It will take place from 10.08. - 17.08.2021 in Magdeburg. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss a European future together, improve their language skills and exchange intercultural experiences during a wide-ranging social programme.

How does the Future Strategies Forum differ from events of the EYP National Selection Process?

Besides the higher age of the participants and the length of the event, probably the most important difference is the lack of a competitive factor. While in the National Selection Process the participants are evaluated by a jury, the Future Strategies Forum as an independent project of EYP Germany is detached from the selection process.

Will the Forum also be accompanied by experts?

Yes, in addition to the follow-up seminars with decision-makers, there will also be exchanges with external experts at the physical event. These will take place during the committee work and various other programme items.

What are the digital follow-up seminars?

We show youth in Europe that they have a voice and give them a space to make this voice heard by experts with political decision-making power. This is implemented through the digital follow-up seminars. The webinars allow for discussions between participants and policy makers on the proposed solutions.

Who can apply and how do I apply?

Interested Europeans aged 18-25 years old can apply. Once the application phase is open, you can apply via a Google Form, which will be linked on this website as well as on our other social media channels. There, applicants have to provide personal information and answer a few short questions about their motivation in English.

Who assesses the applications and under what criteria?

The applications are first anonymised and then evaluated by project staff and the project leaders. The most important factor is the motivation to participate that can be seen in the applications. In addition, language skills and a balanced ratio of nationalities and gender are also taken into account.

How much does it cost to participate in the Forum and can I apply for financial support from the EYP?

The participation fee for the Future Strategies Forum is 90€. This includes accommodation at the DJH Magdeburg, full board and the social programme. In addition to the participation fee, participants are responsible for their own travel costs. As equal opportunities are very important to us, the EYP also offers support with individual fundraising (through advice, tips & tricks). In addition, a limited number of travel grants (per person: 100€ reimbursement as well as waiver of the participation fee) are planned for the project. More details will be announced when the application phase opens.

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