|Consultation:||FYEG General Assembly 2019|
|Agenda item:||4 Plans|
|Replaces:||FYEG 2019-2020 Activity Plan|
FYEG 2019-2020 Activity Plan
1. Be Brave, Green Europe!
Between May 23rd and 26th 2019, the European Elections took place. In several
countries, Green parties performed better than expected and than in the past, in
the midst of the growing global climate movement. For the first time for many
years, the turnout for these European Elections was higher than the previous
edition, reaching 50% for the first time in 20 years.
These elections were the climate elections. The strong climate movement and the
conjunction of climate strikes, climate marches, civil disobedience movements
and climate court trials managed to make the fight against climate change one of
the main topics of the electoral campaign. Months prior to the European
Elections young people were taking streets to demand climate justice over and
over again, and multiple polls have shown that this concern was especially high
for young voters.
The concern over climate change and the vote of young people are what we think
have been the main drivers of the Green Wave that has spread across Europe. In
several countries, green parties have achieved one of their best results ever.
The Green wave especially hit the cities of Germany, Finland, Sweden, France,
Belgium, Ireland, the UK, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark where
Green parties scored more than 10%.
This good results in mostly Western and Northern European Countries will not
make us forget the more difficult situation in Central, Eastern and Southern
Europe where Green Parties didn’t perform as well, where the Green proposals are
even more needed now than ever. It will be important not to let this political
gap between Europe’s center and peripheries grow bigger in the next year. FYEG
will continue its work to bring the Green Wave to the rest of Europe, and find
new solutions to local struggles.
While Europe is facing a climate, social, environmental and democratic
emergency, Young Greens won’t sit still. We will work, together with the
movements than brought us there, towards a truly inclusive and sustainable
Europe. This will only happen if we manage to maintain the pressure of citizens
and movements, as institutional politics alone will not make that happen.
During the last two years, FYEG and its member organisations have worked hard on
making a European campaign. We are happy that this European-wide campaign was
met by a European-wide success. We thank all of you for making that happen.
Let's keep fighting for a social, sustainable, and feminist Europe together!
After the Green Wave and European Elections 2019, we will move towards a new
decade with 4 political priorities: Just Transition, Democracy, Social Europe,
and a Welcoming & Feminist Europe.
We will develop and advocate for political ideas for an open society truly for
all, fight against climate crisis, and focus on what Europe can be for young
people’s welfare and social rights. We have a holistic, radical political vision
on Europe, where we show the interlinkages between different issues. When it
comes to radical political visions, we are already a leading progressive voice
within the Green movement. With the capacities of the Executive Committee but
also our internal bodies like committees and working groups, we will continue to
come up with radical ideas and push for change with impactful actions.
The energy transition away from dirty fossil fuels is not only about coal,
energy and climate. People have to be placed at the heart of the transition to
make a fair and just energy transition not a burden, but an opportunity for a
Green system change. People must feel empowered to act and the social and
cultural aspects must not be neglected. The energy transition has to be
inclusive, leaving no one behind.
All stakeholders of the societies should be part of an active and participatory
creation process. We need to ensure young people’s say in the political
processes leading to a carbon-neutral just society. The growing new industries
need to consider the skills and perspectives of groups frequently marginalised
in the labour market, such as women*, working-class and low-income people,
LGBTQ+ people, migrants and refugees, racialised people and ethnic and racial
minorities, disabled people, and others. Adopting a feminist and social justice-
oriented framework for energy development is important to ensure this.
Fundamental rights (such as a right to equality, freedom, and education) need to
be ensured. Equal access to services and the fight against poverty should be
given as much importance as reducing carbon emissions.
It is not an understatement to say that the European project is undergoing its
biggest stress test this far. Climate crisis, rise of authoritarianism, widening
inequalities. Younger generations find it more difficult to imagine a future to
look forward to than previous generations did.
The future of Europe is being built by young people and it is being built today.
European democracy must be safeguarded and enhanced. Education, transparency and
more engagement are the future of democracy. Political systems have to represent
young people, become more accessible to different forms and channels of citizens
engagement beyond traditional voting, including opportunities of digitalisation
such as e-governance and e-democracy.
Also, Young People's quality of life must also be taken into consideration.
Young people must have access to basic rights in order to have time and strength
to participate in the democratic life.
Social justice is one of the core principles of FYEG. It can be linked to non-
discrimination, full-enjoyment of human rights, and peace. We will keep fighting
for these aspects as long as there are people without access to healthcare or a
roof above their heads, without the opportunity to educate oneself and grow, or
without employment and emancipation.
In an ageing society, young people are feeling more and more disengaged with
politics as the economic and social difficulties they face persevere. The social
rights that should be guaranteed are not corresponding to the ones they can
actually enjoy. Moreover, a lot of young people don’t have job security in a
Europe where working conditions are getting more precarious and the whole
continent is in the midst of a reorganization of its economy in which the
platform owners are seemingly developing power that may be even more formidable
than was that of the factory owners in the early industrial revolution. Short-
term contracts, accumulation of low-paid internship, “uberisation” and platform
economy or zero-hour contracts, combined with difficult access to health care
and education, puts young people in more and more difficult situations. It is
time to put back basic rights and social emancipation at the heart of social
policies. This should be an opportunity to reflect on the future of work and the
role it has in people’s lives. It is time to reclaim our social rights!
Welcoming and Feminist Europe
We will keep pushing for a Europe where everyone is welcome, where freedom of
movement is seen as a fundamental right and where we overcome difficult
situations through empathy, solidarity and cooperation.We hold a fundamental
believe that nobody is illegal.
The rise of fascism doesn’t only affect refugees and migrants. Everywhere in
Europe the fear of people that are different is increasing. Beside an increase
in Islamophobic and anti-Semitic attacks, we are seeing more homophobic attacks
as well. On top of that, the fascists that are preaching hate to others, are
also trying to stop the liberation of women. Fascists, promoting (white) male
superiority use the same analogies against women and LGBTQIA+ as to migrants and
refugees or Roma, or against any imagined or constructed “other”. Fighting
fascism and promoting humane migration policies will stay a top priority by
demonstrating that positive alternatives for an open, feminist, and diverse
Europe exist, and can be developed even further by Green policies.
Social Rights Work Plan
In 2019, FYEG is organising a series of events related to social rights. The
work plan kicked off with a festive unconference on the status of social rights
and the different struggles around them, organised in April 2019 in Bologna,
Italy. The Summer Camp taking place in July in Serbia, will train participants
in organising hackathons locally in order to find creative solutions to concrete
problems. Around 5 local hackathons will then take place around Europe, between
October and November 2019. The project will result in a handbook on what the
status of social rights is in Europe right now and on different creative types
of activism and advocacy that Young Greens and other organisations can use to
fight for their social rights. These tools will be developed in relation with
the Social Europe Working Group.
Future of Activism Study Session
In the end of October 2019, FYEG will organise a Study Session “Actions Speak
Louder Than Words - Youth Engagement, Grassroots Activism and the Future of
Democracy''. The study session is organised in collaboration with the Youth
Department of the Council of Europe and will take place from 20-27 October in
the European Youth Centre Strasbourg. This study session will be an attempt to
zoom out from our everyday activism and youth work, and understand what drives
young people to engage in activism and politics today. We will work on
identifying the causes and social issues young people are passionate about, the
drivers for activists to organise and act 30, 20, 10 years ago and today. We
will question the social, economic, demographic, technological and political
conditions that drive or hinder young people's engagement today. We will learn
from the history of youth-led movements and try to understand why activism takes
so many shapes in different parts of Europe.
Training for Member Organisations boards and offices
In line with FYEG Strategic Plan 2018-2020 adopted in 2018, FYEG wants to
reinforce Young Green organisations in Europe. This year, FYEG will organise a
training for board members and staff of its Member Organisations.
Following the General Assembly, a poll will be carried out to identify the needs
for training and the interest of MOs’ board members and staff to get trained.
Based on that, we will offer them to take part in a training either on
Communication, public speaking, recruitment of members, management of local
groups and volunteers, finances and fundraising, non-formal education, etc.
These trainings will be made up of exchanges of best practices and trainings by
Just Transition Work Plan
In 2020 we are opening a big topic that will be relevant in many years to come:
just transition. This project will be spread over the entire 2020 and will aim
to ensure young people’s say in political processes leading to a just carbon-
neutral society. The first part of the year will be marked by the project kick-
off - a seminar focusing on young people’s involvement in building and access to
(1) just systems of mobility (public transport and urban energy systems), and
(2) welcoming and inclusive public spaces. It will be followed by a Summer Camp
that will bring the Young Greens together with organised rural youth. The Summer
Camp will take place in a rural area and address (1) access to affordable and
healthy food and clean water, (2) access to hard and soft rural infrastructure
and its impacts on youth and minorities. Both gatherings will serve as platforms
for a wider discussion on just transition and finally result in consolidating a
proposal for Green Principles for Just Transition that will be adopted by the
membership and presented at the closing conference at the end of 2020.
As a movement
The development of FYEG should remain orientated towards its Member
Organisations. We will put more resources and energy into contributing to their
development, especially in Southern and Eastern Europe. This happens through
giving the opportunity to members to take part in trainings, seminars or summer
camps, to do an internship in FYEG’s office, to be part of FYEG structures,
including Working Groups, Prep-teams or Executive Committee, through which they
develop skills that will be useful to their organisation. This year, we will
organise a training for members of boards and office of its member organisations
to have an even more direct impact on them.
FYEG is also a place a political development and reflection. It is important
that our political platform remains in line with the priorities of European
Youth and takes into account the work done by FYEG and its member organisations
in defining new concepts and solutions to the crisis Europe is facing. As our
current political platform was adopted in 2012, FYEG will start in 2020 an
inclusive process with the aim of adopting a new political platform by 2021.
FYEG is also a powerful network to support each other, express solidarity with
one another and learn from each other’s local context. We will organise webinars
to give the possibility to update each other on the latest political
developments, similarly to those that were organised by the Future of Europe
Working Group until last year.
FYEG will also work on developing additional channels for volunteers to support
the work of FYEG and develop their own skills.
As a feminist and inclusive organisation
We will work on making FYEG more inclusive, implementing the inclusion plan
prepared by the Feminist Committee and submitted to the 2019 General Assembly.
Providing a space for only women, gender queer and trans people in FYEG proved
to be a tool for empowerment and addressing unequal power relations in our
society. In this spirit, we will provide a space for the a feminist network in
FYEG to grow. The Network will start as a Working Group that will gather Young
Greens that self-identity as women, trans or genderqueer. It will follow up on
the work done by the feminist committee and offer a space for women, trans and
genderqueer people to work on making FYEG a more feminist and inclusive
organisation, in relation with other FYEG structures.
The feminist network will focus on organising a training on practical and
political skills before January 2020 (self organized), monitoring the Sexual
Harasemment protocol as well as creating a manifesto for the 8th of March
together with FYEG’s allies.
Further, the Executive Committee will work to make more FYEG events accessible
to minors, especially bearing in mind the presence of intoxicating substances,
and develop a policy for intoxicating substances at FYEG events.
And its partners
FYEG intends to work with the European Green Party on the basis of the very good
and successful cooperation with them in the past years and even more during the
last European Election Campaign. We want to keep being the voice of young people
inside the EGP, promote progressive solutions. We especially want to work with
the EGP on contributing to the development of Greens in countries where
Greens-EFA group in the European Parliament and Young Green
With the 2019 European Elections, 7 people that were part of our Young
Candidates Platform were elected as Members of the European Parliament. One
fifth of the Greens-EFA group members are under 35. Five former FYEG
spokespersons are sitting in the Greens-EFA group, many of them in strategic
positions. This is without precedent and represents both a responsibility and an
opportunity. Since their elections, FYEG have worked with Young Green MEPs to
identify ways for Young Green MEPs to collaborate with one another and with
FYEG wants to maintain a strong political link with them, so that we can support
each other in making sure young people’s voices and concerns are heard and
represented inside the European Parliament. FYEG must serve as a bridge between
Young Green MEPs, Young Greens activists and organisations and Young People
active in social movements (climate movements, social movements, feminist
movements, LGBTIQ etc.) We want to work with them on organising an event that
would bring all these people together.
We also want to renew and uphold the successful partnership we have with the
Greens-EFA group in the European Parliament.
European Youth Forum
FYEG will keep working closely with the European Youth Forum. We will continue
our work on bringing climate change and sustainability consistently to the
table, making sure it is one of the priorities of the European Youth Forum in
the upcoming years. We will also work towards Safeguarding an open and diverse
We will work to improve our communication and cooperation with the Global Young
Greens, especially in the event of an upcoming Global Greens and Global Young
Greens joint Congress. FYEG will also reinforce its cooperation with Global
Young Greens when it comes to international negotiations, such as COP25 in
FYEG will develop its relations with movements such as youth climate movements,
social movements, feminist movements, LGBTIQ* movements or anti-racist
movements, among others. We will develop contacts with them, invite them to take
part in our events, support their work and campaigns when needed.
And its member organisations
In the past years, FYEG has tried different ways to maintain good communication
channels with its Member Organisations, between General Assemblies. Some have
been successful, such as the addition of one meeting of MO representatives
between two GA (Strategic Planning Meetings) and the creation of regional chats
but some have shown their limit (Strategic Planning Committees).
In line with the proposed deletion of Strategic Planning Committees from the
Internal Rules of Procedure, FYEG will explore new ways of maintaining a good
and permanent contact with its member organisations.
We propose the creation of an MO forum that would meet once per year in person
with representatives from the political but also organizational areas of MOs.
These two person delegation, i.e. one co-spokes and the international officer,
would meet in what would be the substitute of the current SPM. The MO forum
would also work online in regional chats where issues previously taken care of
by the SPCs will be discussed. The MO forum will meet once per month (all the
regions) with a previously prepared agenda by the EC person in charge. The
maximum amount of time without a meeting shall not exceed 3 months.
We will also continue our efforts to systematise the sharing of information with
And its working groups
Last year, FYEG had six thematic working groups, which implied a lot of work
from EC members, with only limited results. It is important that working groups
are set up with a clear and specific mandate and timeframe, which doesn’t
necessarily correspond to a period of time between two General Assemblies, and
can access resources to meet or organise projects. This implies having a smaller
number of working groups.
In line with proposals for changes in the IRPs, FYEG Executive Committee will
set up the following working groups, coming up with clear mandates:
A Social Europe Working Group, following up on FYEG 2019 Work Plan
A Feminist Network, opened only to women, trans and genderqueer people
A Just Transition Working Group, working on FYEG 2020 Work Plan
FYEG Executive Committee also has the possibility to create additional working
groups along the year depending on the emergence of new political priorities.
And its office
During the past years, FYEG office has been growing and played a key role in the
development of FYEG activities and political work and it will continue to do so.
FYEG wants to improve the working conditions and employment conditions of people
working in the office. FYEG will make sure the upcoming move of EGP and FYEG
office represents an improvement of their working conditions. FYEG also wants to
explore ways to reduce their workload and increase their salaries. FYEG will
organise more regular office meetings and retreats and wants to open the
possibility for members of the staff to get professional training, in the fields
they feel gaps need to be filled.