35th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement

Press release: On the 35th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement, youth civil society and political organisations call to reverse all border closures 14 JUNE 2020 Today, on the 14th of June 2020, the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Schengen Agreement,  the Young European Federalists, along with 10 European youth civil society and political…

#NextGenerationEU

Today the European Commission put forward its plan for a new recovery instrument, the “Next Generation EU” initiative, embedded in a revamped long-term EU budget proposal. “The boldest measures are the safest for the future” said President Ursula von der Leyen. The Commission President proposed a “Generational pact” for the future benefit of Europe’s young…

Join the LYMEC Working Groups!

LYMEC Working Groups are revamping and need you!  Fancy being in the midst of policy developments and spearheading key changes within LYMEC? Then why not engage in one or two of the four available LYMEC Working Groups (WGs)? WGs are paramount to developing LYMEC’s position on specific topics and are an opportunity for all members…

Future of Europe platform in LYMEC!

Dear liberal friends,    As you know, one of my priorities while running for LYMEC President was to work together with you to make sure we leave our mark on shaping the EU. Both the new Bureau and I are convinced that with the Conference on the Future of Europe right on our doorsteps, young…

2020 IMS Steering Committee elections

2020 IMS Steering Committee elections According to our statutes, the Steering Committee for the IMS has to be elected in the Spring after the Bureau elections. In accordance with the statutes, the Steering Committee has three members: one appointed Bureau member and two elected individual members. We hereby announce the call for the 2 elected…

Elections in Azerbaijan did not live up to international standards – LYMEC condemns intentional misquoting of international observers

On the 9th of February 2020, elections took place in Azerbaijan. Members of LYMEC member organisations as well as individual members took part in an election observation mission together with other international participants in order to monitor whether the elections were taking place in a free and fair manner. LYMEC was not the organiser of…

Erasmus+ on both sides of the Channel!

Dear Mr. Barnier, Dear President Ursula Von der Leyen, Dear President Charles Michel, On the 8th of January 2020, the House of Commons voted against an amendment which would have required the British Government to negotiate a continuation of its full membership in the “Erasmus + program” after the UK leaves the EU. This decision…

CALL OPEN AGAIN – We are hiring! Apply now to become our next Policy and Training Intern!

To work in LYMEC’s Office for six months from April 2020.    European Liberal Youth is looking for a policy and training intern 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 and the assistant from…

We are hiring! Are you our next administrative assistant? Apply now!

To work in LYMEC’s Office for six months from September 2019.  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 September until the end of February. The…

IMS Delegate by-elections 2019

As Bàlint Gyévai will start as interim Secretary General he has resigned from his position as IMS delegate. Since 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 approaching, we hereby announce by-elections to be held on 27-30 July to…

Job vacancy: Interim Secretary General

Call for an interim Secretary General Following the resignation of Secretary General Danica Vihinen, the Bureau is launching a call for the interim position of Secretary General. The candidates are expected to be available to take up work in our Brussels office as of June 24th. The candidate selected by the Bureau will be hired…

LYMEC – Spring Congress : The future is Europe

During 5-7 of April 2019, young liberals across Europe gathered in Brussels for this year’s Spring Congress. This was the last congress before the EU-elections. The Congress was preceded by a seminar on “Liberal ideas for Europe” in cooperation with European Liberal Forum (ELF). In this seminar the participants were provided a combination between a…

Save Your Internet!

LYMEC joins forces with a broad non-partisan alliance and calls for participation at a Europe-wide demonstration against upload filters in the planned EU copyright reform. Our President Svenja Hahn dismisses upload filters as a threat to the freedom of speech and calls for the EU to restart the process of the Copyright reform. LYMEC encourages…

Results of the IMS elections

The Individual Members’ Section elections for IMS Congress Delegate and Steering Committee representatives have now closed and the results are the following: IMS Delegates 2019: Bàlint Gyévai Jordi Torres Rosellò Tiago Dias   Steering Committee representatives: Marina Sedlo Benjamin Fievet   The full results can be viewed here. Congratulations to all those elected, and thank…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

LYMEC Autumn Congress in Sofia discusses EU enlargement, human rights and youth employment

Last weekend over 130 Young Liberals from all over Europe and beyond gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria for our Autumn Congress. The Congress was preceded by a seminar on “Transatlantic Partnerships” in cooperation with the European Liberal Forum. In this seminar speakers like Hans Van Baalen (MEP, President of ALDE Party), Elena Poptodorova (Former Ambassador of…

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,…

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…