|Consultation:||FYEG General Assembly 2017|
|Agenda item:||5. Plans|
|Proposer:||FYEG (decided on: 05/24/2017)|
Activity Plan 2017-18
In 2017 and 2018, FYEG will focus its activities on three strategic priorities;
fostering the political imagination of Young Greens through topical activities;
supporting Young Greens to grow and become more powerful through capacity-
building activities, and expanding the awareness of and support for FYEG's
vision for a better, fairer and more sustainable Europe among different segments
of society, in particular among youth
These priorities will be addressed from the perspective of preparing FYEG and
Young Greens across Europe for the European elections that are to take place in
2019. This will also clearly benefit FYEG's work outside the frame of these
elections, including the political work of FYEG's non-EU MOs.
First, to profile Green solutions to pan-European problems as the credible
alternative. Subjects should be chosen that draw attention (electoral
narratives). We will address local, national and international challenges on
which the European project has meaningful impact, to bring the elections closer
to many people and make them less abstract. The following topics will have
Why is the EU important and how could it be improved? How do we, young
greens, build the progressive Europe that we are fighting for? We will
especially focus on Green strategies to advocate and have leverage at the
European level for progressive, Green and social policies. European
solidarity; fight against nationalism and austerity; reform of the
treaties and EU institutions, empowerment of young people in decision-
Ecological sustainability and the need for cross-border climate policies.
The EU as a fighting force for climate justice in Europe and worldwide.
Migration and refugee rights. The right to asylum for people fleeing wars.
Removing obstacles to free movement. Inclusion of migrants and refugees in
societies all over Europe.
Second, to provide capacity-building to Young Green activists and politicians
and to MOs.
Young Green activists/politicians:
To have profiled young candidates for 2019 elections
To have strong non-male candidates represented
Green organizations (MOs):
To create and carry out impactful campaigns, in which involvement of
MOs in all stages should have priority.
To understand EU electoral systems and the role of MEPs in EU policy
and decision making - how the elections work (e.g. nomination of
candidates, getting out the youth vote, coalitions)
Third, to ensure visibility of Green agenda Europe-wide to broaden the outreach
of FYEG and to broaden the outreach of MOs on a national level. The following
aspects will get particular attention:
To learn from Young Greens and other successful initiatives around Europe
on how different groups of young people can be reached and engaged for
To support the external communication of our Member Organisations in
coordinating collaborative external outreach and campaigns
To develop FYEG's external communication in ways that support a broader
To develop and strengthen networks of FYEG, especially towards civil-
society organisations fighting alongside the young greens in topical
struggles (anti-fascism, climate justice, feminism, refugees’ rights);
To have fixed goals in the form of milestones and numbers and monitor
In 2018, FYEG will celebrate its 30th anniversary. We will celebrate this
throughout the year by publishing stories about milestones and inspiring events
in FYEG's history. A special edition of the Ecosprinter will be published at the
GA 2018 devoted to FYEG's 30 years. The Spring Conference 2018 will be devoted
to issues related to FYEG's and Europe's past 30 years and next 30 years,
supporting the topics of the pan-European narrative that will be developed for
FYEG's election campaign. The GA and Spring Conference will be a big celebration
of our movement, with invited guests from different generations of FYEG as well
as inspirational speakers from the Greens and beyond.
Summer Camps will be devoted to migration (2017) and environmental justice
(2018), and will be a space for reflection, sharing and creation. Summer Camps
will be organised in a way that they foster networking and political creativity
among Young Greens and social movements, with enough space for informal
activities. The main aim will be to empower and motivate Young Greens to fight
for commons issues together.
A series of events dedicated to commons will be organised in 2018. The first one
will be about fighting for social commons in times of austerity. The second one
will be about environmental commons (Summer Camp 2018), and the third one about
digital commons and advocacy. All three events will have substantial capacity-
building elements, training Young Greens not only in thinking about commons, but
also in successfully fighting for the protection of our common goods.
Training on political communication will be offered to MOs, in particular with a
training devoted to the subject in September 2017 in Finland and the digital
commons and advocacy training in the fall of 2018. We will aim at high-quality
input from Green and other experts in political communication and will document
the lessons from these events so they are available for all Young Greens.
We will organise a series of debates devoted to all three priority topics. These
will, whenever possible, take place in a physical space but with maximum online
participation opportunities for the audience (live streaming, participation).
The first debate, on migration, will take place on Summer Camp 2017, on the
topic of European migration policies. Another one will take place in September
on why the EU is important and where the European project should be heading. A
third one will take place in October on climate justice and on what
environmental movements should be focusing on in the near future. After these we
will evaluate the three first debates and the concept itself, together with
people who took part in and attended the debates, and develop the concept on
that basis to best respond to the needs of the Member Organisations. The debates
will be organised by the EC with support of the Secretariat.
The EC and the Secretariat will do their utmost to ensure that different working
structures have enough resources to accomplish their work successfully. There
will be meetings of the Campaign Team, the Working Groups, the Strategic
Planning Committee, the Ecosprinter Editorial Board, the Financial Control
Committee and the Executive Committee. We aim at organising a Strategic Planning
Meeting for FYEG's MOs and other working structures in the end of 2017 or
beginning of 2018.
We will organise a one-year project with the aim of strengthening the
publications of Young Greens. It will consist of capacity-building activities
for Young Greens engaged in such publications, development of joint content of
the Ecosprinter and Young Green publications, and an even stronger online and
printed output of the Ecosprinter.
In order to support the efficient and functional running of our MOs, we will
organise a meeting of members of the Secretariats of Young Greens, with the aim
to exchange successful experiences.
FYEG will throughout 2017 and 2018 implement the guide to non-male participation
that resulted from the Demasculinisation of Politics training in March 2017.
There will be space devoted to empowering activities of non-male Young Greens on
FYEG's events and the topic will also be addressed politically in eg the
development of the 2019 campaign. There will be a follow-up event to the
training organised in 2017, under the format of a similar, small size event for
non-male activists from our member organisations, that will also fit in our
objective to empower young non-male for decision-making positions, in the run up
to the 2019 European elections.
Political work and external communication
FYEG will devote a significant amount of its resources in 2017 and 2018 into
designing a pan-European campaign to be carried out between GA 2018 and the
European elections in 2019. The campaign will not only aim at getting Young
Greens elected to the European Parliament from different parts of Europe, but it
will also galvanise and politicise youth around Green topics in order to get
young people engaged for a progressive Europe in the elections and beyond. MOs
and EC will have a central role in designing the campaign, with support of the
Secretariat. There will be an open call in the summer of 2017 for MOs to
nominate up to two nominees to a Campaign Team (CT) that will consist of seven
people (4 MO representatives, 2 EC members, 1 person from the Secretariat). MOs
will be encouraged to nominate people with experience in election or other
campaigns, and the team will be regionally and gender balanced. Each MO will be
invited to appoint a contact person to serve as a link between the MO and the
CT. The Campaign Team will have the task to produce drafts for a campaign
strategy and for a Young Green manifesto, using working methods that include MOs
in each stage of the process. These documents will be thoroughly discussed at
the MO meeting between GA 2017 and 2018 and formally adopted at GA 2018.
FYEG will direct its political outreach to a wider public in 2017 and 2018. This
will be done by using the political experience of the EC as well as the full
potential of the Secretariat in terms of eg audiovisual support and social media
optimisation. We will also get better at using traditional media channels, with
the aim of getting visibility in online and print media throughout 2017 and
FYEG will continue nurturing constructive and mutually supportive relations with
its Green partners.
Our mother party, the European Green Party, is a central partner for FYEG's
political work and we will keep a close relation. FYEG will advocate for strong
visibility of its political priorities and of youth in the European election
campaign of the EGP, including having at least one top candidate who will
represent FYEG's vision of Europe and be supported by FYEG. FYEG will also use
the platforms offered by the EGP, such as Councils, to advocate towards Green
parties to include young people on electable positions in the European
FYEG will work closely with the Green Group in the European Parliament, in
particular MEPs working on issues close to FYEG as well as advisors who can
support the capacity-building of Young Greens on specific topics during FYEG
activities. With regard to the EGP and the GGEP, we will support both adequately
in terms of sharing our vision of how Greens should reach out to young people
better around Europe.
FYEG will cooperate with Green foundations, such as the Green European
Foundations as well as national foundations like the Heinrich Böll Foundation,
to ensure that their activities and resources support FYEG's strategic
priorities and the development of the knowledge and skills of Young Greens.
FYEG will be actively involved in discussions and plans related to progressive
cooperation in Europe, both party-politically and with non-party actors. FYEG
will be represented in youth coordination of the Progressive Caucus in the
European Parliament. We will also identify specific issues that relate to young
people in Europe and that Party-Political Youth Organisations can cooperate
around for increased impact.
We will maintain positive relations with the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and
other youth organisations in Europe, in particular in terms of how to be
mutually supportive in getting young people engaged in the European elections.
FYEG will actively take part in mobilisations around social and/or ecological
issues in Europe and foster close relations with non-party actors. The aim of
this is two-fold; to expand the political imagination of Young Greens and
partners, and to establish FYEG as a channel for fighting for progressive causes
within political institutions.
FYEG relies on the massive contribution of volunteers. FYEG will therefore
become more skilled in volunteer management, in order to make sure that
volunteers in FYEG have a solid learning curve from their very first steps. We
will also limit negative experiences of volunteering that can be the result of
work overload, stress, or confusion about what is expected of volunteers by
proactive support, in particular from the Secretariat.
FYEG's Secretariat will use its full potential in delivering what the MOs expect
from FYEG. We will have sound and functional general administration (financial,
legal), support to FYEG structures (GA, EC, WGs, SPC, EEB, FCC), project
management, external communication, and keeping close relations with partners
(in particular EGP, GGEP and YFJ). The Executive Committee will develop
guidelines for WGs.
Particular attention will be paid to making sure that FYEG has competent staff
and volunteers to carry out the pan-European campaign from GA 2018 forward.
The activity plan serves as a guideline for the organisation for the upcoming year.
- E2-143 (Les Jeunes Ecologistes (LJE - French Young Greens (decided on: 05/14/2017), Submitted)
- E2-119 (Les Jeunes Ecologistes (LJE - French Young Greens (decided on: 05/14/2017), Submitted)
- E2-026 (Genç Yeşiller (decided on: 05/23/2017), Submitted)
- E2-178 (Genç Yeşiller (decided on: 05/23/2017), Submitted)
- E2-119-2 (Grüne Jugend (decided on: 05/22/2017), Submitted)
- E2-072 (Les Jeunes Ecologistes (LJE - French Young Greens (decided on: 05/14/2017), Submitted)
- E2-119-3 (Swedish Young Greens (decided on: 05/26/2017), Submitted)