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Finnish Centre Youth – Suomen Keskustanuoret History The Union of Agrarian Youth (Maaseudun Nuorten Liitto, MNL) was founded in 1945. The Union of Agrarian Students had been founded eight years earlier. In 1965 MNL changed its name to the Youth Union of the Centre Party (Nuoren Keskustan Liitto, NKL). In 2005, NKL changed its name to Suomen Keskustanuoret- Finnish Centre Youth. It is the official youth organisation of Finnish Centre Party. Structure FCY has about 400 local associations and 19 district organisations. Nearly every district has an executive director as a paid worker either part time or full time. The central office on Helsinki has five workers. The membership amounts to 12.000. The age limit is 15-30 years. The highest decision making body of the organisation is the Congress which meets every year. Every other year, it elects the President, two Vice Presidents and half of the board. The other half of the board as well as the Secretary General is elected every other year. The board leads the day to day work in FCY. FCY has also several committees as expert bodies. FCY publishes a magazine called Nuori Keskusta. It comes out four times a year. Principles and aims FCY is striving for a centre-liberal society. We want to set free the creative forces of man to be used in self initiative and new entrepreneurship. The new society will guarantee the intellectual freedom. In this way we will remove some difficult problems in the society and prevent new social evils from arising. The centre-liberal society is based on liberty, equality and fraternity. The centre liberals strive for a socially just and ecologically sustainable citizen society. Extending the green environmental point of view to cover all the areas in the society is one of the most important questions in FCY. Environmental problems are global. Environmental questions must be given the priority in the international co-operation. Finland has to recognise its responsibility, too. The society must move towards the use of renewable energy sources, public transport, recycling of wastes and other kind of ecologically sustainable ways in the use of resources. International aspect FCY is a full member of the IFLRY (International Federation of Liberal Youth), LYMEC, NCF (Nordic Centre Youth) and LYBS (Liberal Youth of Baltic Sea) as well as many national internationally-minded organisations (NGOs). FCY together with KOL has published an international bulletin called the Naked Truth.