Connecting the EP and Europe’s young citizens through a European media network

Connecting the EP and Europe’s young citizens through a European media network

“Building bridges through debate between youth and MEPs”

The project was co-financed by the European Union in the frame of the European Parliament’s grant programme in the field of communication. The European Parliament was not involved in its preparation and is, in no case, responsible for or bound by the information for opinions expressed in the context of this project. In accordance with applicable law, the authors, interviewed people, publishers or programme broadcasters are solely responsible. The European Parliament can also not be held liable for direct or indirect damage that may result from the implementation of the project.


1. Principal Objective

Leverage independent, online media to inform and engage younger audiences:

Using EURACTIV’s pan-European network of journalists, media partners, platforms, channels and tools, our principal objective is to engage younger audiences through media treatment of topics of interest to them.

2. Topics and timing

We focus on employment, education (ERASMUS+), politics (voting), environment, research and innovation, integration of young migrants, human rights, security, etc. – linking with relevant priority topics of the EP agenda from January through July 2017.

3. Countries

We target countries where youth unemployment is high (Greece, Spain), the young population is mobile/migrating (Poland/Romania), national elections are due in 2017 (France/Germany), and participation in European elections has been low (Slovakia).

4. Specific Objective

Facilitate participation through debate with MEPs:

  • In the European Parliament: with moderated video debates between MEPs discussing topics and questions posed by young voters;
  • In universities: debating face-to-face with MEPs and students at the national level the issues and problems, and how the EP/MEPs can help to resolve them;
  • On social media: using Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and other popular channels used by young Europeans to ask questions, share content, comments and reactions with peers.

By combining online and offline content and debate between youth/students and MEPs we aim to bridge the gap between the European Parliament representatives and young citizens and foster participation through dialogue.

For content and coverage published under this action please visit the Social Europe and Jobs Section on For information on the debates and the EP please visit the project page on the EURACTIV Jobsite.

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