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Call for Participants - Unconference: Social Europe Now!

The Federation of Young European Greens is announcing an open call for participants to our Unconference on Social Rights taking place April 23-26 (arrival 22, departure 27 April) in Bologna, Italy.

During these four days, we will zoom in on four types of social rights: 1. Housing 2. Education, 3. Healthcare and 4. Right to decent work conditions and future of work. As the January 2017 edition of Ecosprinter put it, social rights “are universal but seem to rather be goals than reality in most, if not all, countries”.

The aims of the Unconference are to:

  • Explore social rights, the international mechanisms in place for their protection;
  • Identify the struggles of young people regarding access to education, housing, healthcare and employment in different European contexts;
  • Encourage young people to use mechanisms for social rights protection such as Collective Complaints and engage with associations and trade unions by showcasing positive examples;
  • Build capacities of young people to advocate for social rights and develop their action plans by learning how one-issue organisations and international organisations across Europe can support each other for the common cause.

The Unconference will dive into what social rights are, with the exchange of experiences and knowledge on social rights, and sharing advocacy tools through a series of workshops, exhibits, storytelling, roleplays and more. By gathering 35 young activists, civil society organizations, young greens and citizen movement members from across Europe in Bologna, the Unconference will serve as a platform to connect, learn from each other, and step up our advocacy for social rights in Europe.

The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for an active, inclusive environment for direct communication and sharing of knowledge. The sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, work in small groups, workshops, discussions, training and other interactive methods of non-formal learning.

We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore we welcome applications from those who identify as women*, LGBTQIA+, POC, or with a disability or other health impairment.

The “Unconference: Social Europe Now!” is the first activity of FYEG’s Reclaim Your Social Rights! project, supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe, and the Green European Foundation.


Participants: We are looking for 35 young people between 16-35, residing in one of the Council of Europe member states, Belarus or Kosovo*.

Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable in interacting in English should not prevent you from applying.

Costs: The full cost of working materials, visa and lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegetarian food, and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the organisers. In exchange, we ask for a participation fee of 30 EUR for participants coming from non-EU countries and 50 EUR for participants coming from EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland. Applicants for whom paying this fee is an obstacle for participation, should still apply and mention this in their application. FYEG will try to find a solution together with the applicant after the selection is finalised.

FYEG will reimburse 70% of travel costs for the participants coming from the EU countries, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland and 90% for the participants from the non-EU Eastern European countries within reasonable limits and within Europe, with the condition to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 6 March 2019 at Midnight CET. You will be informed about the results of the selection within ten days after the deadline.




*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.