European Youth Event 2023: young people to discuss Europe’s future in Strasbourg

Around 10,000 young people from the EU and beyond will discuss Europe’s future, against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine and the 2024 European elections.

On Friday 9 June and Saturday 10 Junethe European Youth Event 2023 (EYE2023) featured more than 300 in-person and hybrid activities – debates, discussions, networking opportunities, artistic performances, sports activities and interactive workshops.

The event was hosted by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, with part of the programme taking place outdoors at the EYE Village. It was also be possible to take part in the event online.

EP President Roberta Metsola opened the EYE2023 on Friday at 10.30 in Parliament’s hemicycle.

A year ahead of European elections

With the European elections taking place on 6-9 June 2024, participants discussed key priorities for the EU such as climate justice, global warming and the EU’s biodiversity strategy, as well as the European Year of Skills. They also debated the need to adapt for the green and technology transitions, the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to tackle social inequalities and exclusion in Europe.

Also on the agenda were discussions about the protection of EU values, the role of Europe in a changing world –marked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – migration policy and the importance of youth engagement and participation.

Find more details about the schedule, speakers and activities (including two open-air concerts on the Friday and Saturday evenings) in the programme.

Outcome of the discussions

After the closing session on Saturday at 16.30, the ideas, expectations and concerns of young people summarised and brought together in a “Youth Ideas Report”, to be distributed to all MEPs.

Press briefing

On Friday 9 June at 15.00, Parliament’s spokesperson and Director General for Communication Jaume Duch, and Director for Campaigns and Head of the Public Opinion Monitoring Unit Philipp Schulmeister held a press briefing in the Daphne Caruana Galizia press conference room in the EP in Strasbourg.

They gave their insight into the Parliament’s strategy for the year ahead through to the European elections in June 2024, as well as detailed explanations of the results of the recently published Eurobarometer survey.

All EYE2023 activities are open to the journalists who have already obtained the accreditation. For more information on activities designed for press and how to attend please contact

Source: European Parliament | News (