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,…

Applications for IMS Delegate open

2015 IMS delegates Benedikt Bente and João Duarte     Applications for Delegates of the Individual Members’ Section are open until the 1st of March.   If you are an Individual Member with your fees paid by February 16 and you wish to represent the IMS in the Congresses of Vienna and Tallinn, as well…

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…

On the Catalan regional elections

Catalans want nothing more (but nothing less) than a normal country by Víctor Colominas i Ruiz, Officer for Foreign and European Affairs, Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya     As many Catalans, the first thing I could do the 28th of September was reading Spanish newspapers. The day before Catalans were running into a plebiscite elections, after many Spanish…

Leading for Liberty in Barcelona

From 25th to 27th of September the annual LYMEC Young Leaders meeting took place in Barcelona under the theme ”Leading for Liberty”. Presidents and Vice-Presidents of LYMEC member organisations came to the capital of Catalonia to network and expand their leadership and communication skills. They also observed the regional elections in Catalonia, which took place…

Summer school on Diplomacy

  From 17th to 20th of September the LYMEC/D66/VVD International Summer School took place in The Hague. Participants from all over Europe came to the city of “Peace and Justice” to attend seminars concerning Security and Diplomacy, with special attention for EU-Russia Relations. The event started with a visit to the Peace Palace, where they…

Job-Offer: Receptionist at ALDE Party

ALDE Party is looking for a receptionist!  Apply by writing to recruitment@aldeparty.eu by 30 September 2015 at 12.00 CET.     Receptionist (m/f) The position: Member of a young and international team, the receptionist will be part of the Administration unit. The main responsibilities of the position are: Answer the phone, welcome guests at the ALDE…

For a Europe that Cares

Opinion piece on the current refugee crises in Europe written by Vedrana Gujić, president of LYMEC   While the final police reports are still being processed, numbers are raising up to 71 people being suffocated to death in a van on the highways of Austria. Shocked by this tragedy and aware these are only a…

Job Offer: Part-Time Assistant

Part-Time Assistant: 7th September 2015 to 6th December 2015 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 early September to early December. The assistant will support the Secretary General in daily office tasks and organization of…

European Liberal Youth goes Myth-busting on TTIP

European Liberal Youth busts Myths on TTIP On Saturday, 16. May 2015, member organisations of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) are organising a joint Europe-wide campaign on TTIP under the name – The LYMEC TTIP Myth-busting mission. Throughout Europe liberal youth organisations will organise a TTIP Action day to show what the Transatlantic Trade and…

No guarantees from the Youth Guarantee

he European Court of Auditors has confirmed yesterday what the European Liberal Youth has been saying to its partner organizations: the Youth Guarantee lacks clarity, did not have proper impact assessment studies and has no monitoring mechanisms implemented. For us it shows it is irrelevant, if not damaging, to the fight against youth unemployment.

LYMEC meets in Belgrade to discuss media freedom

LYMEC leadership gathered in Belgrade, Serbia, for its first Bureau meeting in 2015, discussing the political priorities and organisational tasks in the upcoming year. Next to two central events, congresses in Rotterdam and Helsinki, LYMEC will expand its standard offer of seminars and conferences to activities like participation in Europe Pride in Riga, gathering of…

We Are Charlie

Our deepest thoughts are with the victims of the horrible attack on Charlie Hebdo and their families. This is not only an attack on the magazine but on all of us who believe in the basic right of freedom of speech. The attack will not make us quiet, only fight harder for a free and…

Timur Kuachev – Youth YABLOKO demands investigation

Russian Youth YABLOKO (youth faction of YABLOKO – ALDE Party full member) insists on investigation of the murder of Timur Kuashev (http://eng.yabloko.ru/?p=5524), opposition journalist and YABLOKO member, from the city of Nalchik, the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, the Caucasus. Timur Kuashev, 26, wrote about human rights abuses by Russia’s law enforcement in the course of anti-terrorism…

Hands Up for a Two-States Solution

The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) welcomes the non-binding motion on Palestine recognition which got overwhelming support of the European parliament today. President Vedrana Gujic points out: “Today the EU is sending a strong message that the two-state solution is the only sustainable solution for resolving the conflict between Israel and Palestine. It is also evident…

Secularism should be respected

On Tuesday the 25th of November 2014, Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg after receiving an invitation from the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Schulz. The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) underlines that, regardless of the relevance of religion in personal lives, it should not influence policies. LYMEC firmly believes that separation of…

A successful weekend for LYMEC in Lisbon

The 35th ALDE Party Congress, under the theme “Reclaiming Liberalism”, took place in Lisbon, Portugal from 20th to 22nd November 2014. The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) had a big impact on the policies decided by its mother party’s congress. LYMEC president Vedrana Gujic highlights the role the youth delegation played during the event: “Our draft…

9N – LYMEC calls for the Catalan right to vote

In the current political debate on the future of Catalonia the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) supports the Catalan right to vote on their independence. The original referendum scheduled for November 9 was suspended by the Spanish Constitutional court on legal grounds, a move which pushed the Catalan government to pursue the form of “citizens’ consultation”…

Stand up for Liberalism!

This weekend young liberals from all over Europe gathered in Berlin for the Autumn Congress of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC). The motto of the Congress, ‘Stand up for Liberalism’, was a guideline for the debates and resolutions on a number of current political issues.

Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova join the future

In a landmark meeting in Brussels today the Presidency of the European Union and heads of states from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have signed the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. The aim of these Agreements is to remove barriers for better cooperation and deeper trade relations between these countries and the…

LYMEC welcomes proposed Commission

President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker seems to have struck a balance between different political families with a clear agenda of protecting European citizens from restrictive regulations. Creating a two-tier structure in the European Commission is critical in reaching effective government as well as clearly underlining political priorities its mandate.

Protect Free Markets – Defend Net Neutrality

Ahead of the vote on Tuesday, 18 of March, in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament, LYMEC calls on ALDE Group members to reject the proposal of the European Commission to introduce loopholes that would de facto destroy the principle of net neutrality, and with it, any possibility of having a properly functioning market…

Young Liberals speak up for democracy

For eight consecutive years the Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) have organised the pan European “Free Belarus Action” in numerous cities across Europe on the 18th of March. The purpose of the action has been to condemn the last dictatorship in Europe and to show our support for the people of Belarus. This year JEF…

IFLRY & LYMEC Joint Statement on Ukraine

“On the evening of February 18, International and European Liberals looked on in dismay as the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych once again authorized security forces to crackdown on anti-government protesters in Kyiv, Ukraine. With at least 18 confirmed deaths and hundreds of injured, it should be clear that the governing authorities have lost all…

Young Leaders Meeting in Lisbon

Last weekend, presidents from LYMEC’s membership organisations gathered in vibrant Lisbon for an engaging agenda of training and discussions at our annual Young Leaders Meeting. Ahead of the crucial elections to the European Parliament next year, participants looked at the best ways of building and communicating a political program, and shared common experiences and best…

Liberal #RainbowsForRussia

RAINBOWS FOR RUSSIA Anti-gay sentiment and stigmatisation is not only on the rise in Russian society, it is also fuelled by the Duma recently passing the law “Propaganda of Nontraditional Sexual Relations”, which restricts the freedom of expression of the LGBT community by banning public discussion of LGBT related topics in front of minors.

IMS meeting in Berlin

This weekend, from the 28 to 30 of June, young Liberals from across Europe gathered in Berlin. During two days, they met in the Walter Scheel Zentrum, at the Thomas Dehner Haus, headquarters of FDP, to discuss the implications of ICT on politics.

LYMEC and IFLRY training in Tbilisi

Last weekend 30 young liberals gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a training on political campaigning. The event brought together representatives from European youth organisations and from the Caucasus. Among them where members of the newly founded Liberal Youth Network of the South Caucasus, LYNC. The seminar was jointly organized by LYMEC and IFLRY, kindly supported…

LYMEC stands for rights and freedoms in Turkey

LYMEC, the European Liberal Youth, with the rest of the wider world has been following recent developments in Turkey with apprehension. After years of conservative rule, much of the historical liberalisation of the Turkish people has been jeopardised by growing authoritarianism. The recent attack on peaceful protesters rallying against the devastation of the popular Gezi…

LYMEC Congress in Tallinn

Over 70 delegates congregated in Tallinn, Estonia last weekend for the LYMEC (European Liberal Youth) Congress and Seminar organised with our Membership Organisation, the Estonian Reform Party Youth (ERPY). The Seminar dealt with LYMEC’s general annual theme of “Redrafting Europe”, specifically focusing on what needs to change on an institutional basis to make the EU…

LYMEC critical of extra agricultural subsidy

LYMEC, the European Liberal Youth this morning announces our dismay at yet another hand out from the European Parliament to the agricultural sector. It has been reported that the Agriculture Committee has agreed to the Commission’s proposal for farmers to receive extra payment if they work in a way that protects the environment, regardless of quality…