LYMEC: Time for the governments to grow up!

The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council was set to adopt conclusions on Gender Equality, Youth and Digitalisation yesterday, but due to objection by Hungary and Poland to the inclusion of LGBTIQ in a list of vulnerable situations for young people the Council was unable to reach consensus on the matter. The text was however supported by…

What are Conservative Values?

Image: Jair Bolsonaro is called Brazil’s trump but in many ways he takes extremism to a new level. (Source: Wikimedia Commons) The recent election of Jair Bolsonaro from the Social-Liberal Party of Brazil illustrates well how some people in Portugal and Brazil identify themselves as Liberals or, in a more specific way, Classical Liberals, when…

IMS by-elections 2018

As one of the IMS delegates unfortunately resigned from their position, and the resignation happened within the first two-thirds of the mandate, the LYMEC statutes call for by-elections to be held. Since the Autumn Congress is quickly approaching, we hereby announce by-elections to be held on 14-17 September to fill the vacant position as IMS delegate. We…

Pride is not enough

49 years, almost half a century since Stonewall disturbs, we may conclude that the LGBT+ struggle has definitely succeeded. This summer, one of the most colourful remembered, everyone has celebrated Pride: governments, political parties and most importantly, civil society. But do we really think that the glass is full? Despite positive changes we still hear…

ALDE Summer Academy joint statement

By educating and engaging young Europeans of today we ensure and strengthen our Europe of tomorrow The future of Europe depends on the youth: by fielding young candidates and educating future generations we can ensure it not only survives but thrives. For the upcoming European Parliament elections, we want to see creative, citizen-centred campaigns that…

Are you our new assistant?

Job Offer: Administrative Assistant To work in LYMEC’s Office for four months from September 2018 The European Liberal Youth is looking for an administrative assistant for four months under the Bruxelles Formation “convention immersion professionnelle” internship scheme. The successful candidate will be working in LYMEC’s office in Brussels together with the Secretary General from September…

Fear the Kessler syndrome

Imagine a world without GPS or Galileo. One where weather balloons are our best bet for weather forecasting. One in which long-range communications are severely disrupted and technology dependent on extremely accurate timekeeping breaks down. This is what a world without satellites would look like —and, if we do not take action, it could be…

We must protect journalists worldwide!

It’s not ok that journalists are killed in their line of work in 2018. Still this happens, even in Europe. We must protect the safety and defend the freedom of journalists everywhere, and we need to make sure that the legal frameworks securing the freedom of press and freedom of speech are not taken for…

ALDE Council discusses roadmap to 2019 EP elections and LYMEC is right in the heart of the debate

Last weekend the biannually ALDE Party Council meeting took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. LYMEC President Svenja Hahn, Vice President Edgaras Mascinskas and Bureau Member Anotaneta Asenova represented LYMEC in the ALDE bureau meeting, the plenary debate and fringe meetings. The ALDE Council is basically the smaller version of congress. The Member Organisations have a smaller…

Commentary on the Hungarian elections

On the 8th of April the awaited and highly observed Hungarian legislative elections took place. Indeed, the nearly 8 million voters were asked to express their free opinion on the political future of the country. The elections took place in a context of heavy campaign against migration, the UN, “Brussels” and George Soros from the…

New leadership for LYMEC

Last weekend over 130 young liberals from all over Europe gathered in Berlin, Germany for the electoral congress of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC). The congress handled statutory matters, debated policy and elected a new leadership for the upcoming two years. Svenja Hahn, 28, was elected LYMEC president for 2018-2020. Svenja, who was Vice President…

Artificial Intelligence for Europe

Artificial Intelligence for Europe Imagine governments using artificial intelligence to help officials draft responses to queries submitted to the parliament. It’s not just a scene from Blade Runner or Iron Man anymore; it’s already a reality in Japan. The question is: whether we choose to seize the opportunity and take the lead or not?  …

Life in the LYMEC Bureau?

In the beginning of April young liberals from across Europe will meet in Berlin for the LYMEC Spring Congress. The congress is not just any congress, as it will also elect the new Bureau who will take care of the day to day business of our organisation in the coming two years. But what does…

We are hiring!

Job Offer: Administrative Assistant To work in LYMEC’s Office for six months from February 2018 The European Liberal Youth is looking for an administrative assistant for six months under the Bruxelles Formation “convention immersion professionnelle” internship scheme. The successful candidate will be working in LYMEC’s office in Brussels together with the Secretary General from February…

LYMEC launches first ever mentorship program

Friday the 10th of November LYMEC had the pleasure of launching the organisation’s first mentorship programme. Eight young, aspiring politicians running for a seat in either national or European Parliament elections will go though an intense 5 month programme focusing on their professional and personal development via tailor-made development plans. Each mentee has been linked…

Poland must remain a Democracy!

On July 19, the Polish Parliament (Sejm) will be voting on the law that would force the entire Supreme Court to retire and enable complete political control of the selection of judges. If this law comes in to force, Poland will no longer have any independent check on the consititution. Ahead of coming elections, ruling…

Job Offer: Administrative Assistant

We are looking for an Administrative Assistant to work in LYMEC’s Office for four months from September 2017 The European Liberal Youth is looking for an administrative assistant for four months under the Bruxelles Formation “convention immersion professionnelle” internship scheme. The successful candidate will be working in LYMEC’s office in Brussels together with the Secretary General from…

Tears for Chechnya

LYMEC and IFLRY strongly condemn the persecution of members of the LGBT community in Chechnya and calls on the Russian authorities to act for the safety and justice of sexual minorities in Chechnya. The news from Chechnya are horrifying. Nobody should have to face violence and persecution because of their sexual orientation or identity. We…

LYMEC condemns the crackdown on peaceful protests in Belarus and Russia

While people across the EU marched to celebrate peace, prosperity and democracy on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome this weekend, people in Belarus and Russia took to the streets to demonstrate against their respective regimes and their actions. On Saturday in Belarus, thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk to demonstrate against the country’s dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko and his failed…

Newly-elected IMS Delegates

Individual members of LYMEC had an opportunity to elect their delegates in IMS Delegates elections in the beginning of March. The first round of elections produced only two IMS Delegates: Jorge de Jesus and Benjamin Fievet. As Daria Kirianova and Zeneda Feratllari gained the same amount of votes, the LYMEC office conducted a second round and voters…

LYMEC Freedom Fund

LYMEC proudly introduces the Freedom Fund, making it possible for even more member organisations to be present at our congresses! The Freedom Fund will provide financially constrained member organisations with a travel reimbursement for participation in LYMEC congresses. The aim is to increase the democratic aspect of the congress by enabling more member organisations to…

Meeting the New Europeans in Athens

  LYMEC Bureau and several members of LYMEC spent the first weekend of March in Athens, Greece to take part in the seminar ”The New Europeans” and to discuss on how to turn the story of the refugee crisis into a story of successful integration. They experienced hospitality of crisis centre in Greece and they…

Job Offer: Administrative Assistant

We are looking for an assistant to work in LYMEC’s Office for six months from February 2017 The European Liberal Youth is looking for an administrative assistant for six months under the Bruxelles Formation “convention immersion professionnelle” internship scheme. The successful candidate will be working in LYMEC’s office in Brussels together with the Secretary General…

LYMEC put its mark on ALDE Party Congress

During the first days of December liberals from all over Europe gathered in Warsaw, Poland, for the annual ALDE Party congress. LYMEC was represented by a strong delegation of ten voting delegates and the Bureau and office as a supporting team. Besides the official LYMEC delegation many representatives from LYMEC member organisations were included in…

Democracy downfall in Poland

LYMEC condemns the recent crackdown on transparency, democratic processes in decision-making and public access to independent news in Poland. On Friday, ruling party Law and Justice passed the annual budget, while excluding the opposition from the vote. The vote on the annual budget is considered illegal by the opposition as proper evidence of the quorum is…

LYMEC supports #LibertadParaVenezuela

The European Liberal Youth asks its members, as well as the ALDE Group Members of the European Parliament seating at the Delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community, at the Delegation for relations with Mercosur and at the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly to support the opposition’s protests in Venezuela.…

Freedom, not fines

LYMEC opposes the ban on veils, burkinis or any other religious symbols.  The prohibition of religious symbols or practice that are of no harm to other individuals or society in general cannot be justified in a free, liberal and democratic society. Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right and the right to carry religious…

Job Offer: Part-Time Assistant

Part-time assistant from September 2016 to 16th December 2016 The European Liberal Youth is looking for a part-time assistant for three months. The successful candidate will be working in LYMEC’s office together with the Secretary General from late September to mid-December. The assistant will support the Secretary General in daily office tasks and the organization of…

LYMEC: Cherry picking cannot be an option

The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) condemns rumors about EU plans to allow the United Kingdom exemptions from the freedom of movement of people while retaining full access to the single market. LYMEC president Sissel Kvist states: “The British people voted to leave the Union, and though the campaign was emotion rather than fact based, the…

Join the Working Group fighting against populism!

Populism and the spread of misinformation is one of the biggest threats currently facing Europe. Much of this resentment stems from socio­economic problems that exist in each Member State, problems which have only been magnified by the 2008 economic crisis, the resulting EU sovereign debt crisis, as well as the mismanagement of the migration crisis. Populist parties across…

LYMEC and IFLRY urge European Institutions to immediately proceed with visa liberalizations for Georgia and Ukraine

The recent delay in granting visa waivers to Georgia and Ukraine raises not only important concerns about the commitment of the European Union to its core values of free movement and integration but also about its internal transparency and the reliability of their legal agreements. Both Georgia and Ukraine have fulfilled their obligations and meet the…

Jorge de Jesus elected new IMS delegate

Jorge de Jesus has been elected the new IMS delegate in the by-elections 11-13.6. The elections were held to fill the position that became vacant after IMS delegate Edgaras Mascinskas was elected to the LYMEC Bureau at the Spring Congress in Vienna at the end of April. Jorge de Jesus has been an individual member…

LYMEC’s resolutions approved by ALDE Council

ALDE Party Council convened for it’s annual meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania on June 4th to discuss membership applications and debate resolutions. LYMEC submitted two urgency resolutions to the meeting, one calling ALDE Party to be in favor of the so called Spitzenkandidaten process of electing the president of the European Commission, and one on the…

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LYMEC: We need modern media laws!

The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) calls the commission to draft modern times media laws and not to apply old concepts to modern technology. President Sissel Kvist states: “We welcome the Commissions move to update the 30-year-old audiovisual media laws but we call them to not stick to old fashioned ideas of controlling media but to…

LYMEC elects new leadership

European Liberal Youth LYMEC elects new leadership More than 150 delegates from LYMEC member organizations attended the LYMEC Electoral Congress, that took place in Vienna, Austria on the 29th and 30th April 2016. The Congress discussed a number of policy issues and elected a new leadership of the organization for the next two years. Sissel…

Results from 2016 IMS elections

Friso Bonga — Benedikt Bente — Edgaras Mascinkas — Congratulations to our Individual Members’ Section. With the highest turnout of its existence, the IMS elected its three delegates for 2016: Friso Bonga, Benedikt Bente and Edgaras Mascinkas. LYMEC thanks all candidates for having put so much effort into these elections, with campaigns, proposals and an interesting…

IMS Elections 2016

Meet the six candidates for the 2016 IMS elections! From Thursday 17 of March to Sunday 20 of March the Individual Members of LYMEC will select the three delegates that will represent them in 2016, both in the in the Vienna Electonal Congress (Spring) and in our Tallinn 40th Anniversary Congress (Fall). We have received…

Baltic Liberal Youth gathers in Vilnius

Delegates representing four liberal youth organizations in the Baltic region – Lithuanian Liberal Youth, Estonian Reform Party Youth, Projekt:Polska, Latvijas Attistibai Youth- gathered in Vilnius on February 19 -20 to share ideas and develop a strategy for a better representation of Baltic Liberal Youth. Taking into account current developments in EU-Russia relations, ongoing migration crisis,…

Calls for Working Groups

Newspaper working group You love politics and you love writing? Then join the press team and work with us on the latest episode of our Congress newspaper Libertas for the upcoming Electoral Congress in Vienna. Your task could vary between writing an opinion piece, produce an interview with a liberal star or make up your…

IRI and Centre and Right youths for jobs and education

In Vienna, 29-31 of January, LYMEC, represented by President Vedrana Gujic and Secretary General Igor Caldeira, joined the conference European Democracy Youth Summit organized by the International Republican Institute (IRI), joining the youth wings of ALDE Party, EPP and ECR. Young Liberals, Christian Democrats and Conservatives discussed the political disengagement of citizens, the need of adaptation…

ALDE Party ​Congress in Budapest a success

The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) looks back at a successful ALDE Party Congress, which took place in Budapest from November 19th until 21th.     Three young Vice-Presidents will represent the young generation LYMEC president Vedrana Gujic: “LYMEC welcomes three young liberals as ALDE Party vice-presidents. Fredrick Federley, Ilhan Kyuchuk and Marta Pascal have been actively involved with LYMEC. LYMEC further congratulates Markus Loning, Ross Scott and Timmy Dooley with…

A Liberal road-map for Environment

LYMEC calls for a liberal roadmap for climate change and environmental protection Ahead of the congress of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE Party)in Budapest and the COP21 in Paris in the following week the European Young Liberals (LYMEC) calls the liberal leaders to follow a joint strategy. LYMEC president Vedrana…

Good energies in Helsinki

From 29th of October to 1st November over 130 LYMEC members and guests gathered in Helsinki under the topic “Energy Security” in Europe.     Fringe meetings prepared participants for the congress topic Thursday afternoon and Friday morning dozens of participants had the opportunity to listen to several conferences on several issues regarding the overall…

Internship-Offer: Statistical Analysis

ALDE Party is looking for an intern to join its Political Unit. While many tasks will be related to assistance on ongoing projects and activities, ALDE Party would be interested in offering this position to somebody with particular skills and knowledge in Microsoft Excel or other specialised statistical software such as SPSS. The intern would participate in…