LYMEC has listened to the voices of British people and is sadden by the news that a majority of the British voters have decided to leave the European Union. No matter how much we believe this decision will weaken both the EU and the UK, we respect the choice of the British people and now turn our focus…Details
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…Details
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…Details
LYMEC wants to reactivate the European Liberal Students Network (ELSN)! ELSN will work as one of the Working Groups of LYMEC and your chance to get involved is now! LYMEC’s Working Groups work on specific topics, in this case students and education policies, come together for events and help to shape our policies. Working…Details
Investing in solutions for refugees/migrants and creating quality jobs for young people Young people across Europe have been deeply affected by the migration and refugee crisis and have often been the first to act to protect human life. Civil Society Organisations and Youth Organisations in particular have done their best to translate the goodwill of young…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Statement from the political party youth organisations on discussions by Heads of EU Member States to block the “Spitzenkandidaten” process of electing the President of the European Commission. 12th May 2016 The 2014 European elections were the first time voters were able to have a say on who should run the European Commission, with the…Details
LYMEC supports Commissioner Malmström in her efforts to negotiate a deal on TTIP respecting EU standards
The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) sees no scandal in the TTIP documents leaked by Greenpeace, as they only reflect an ongoing negotiation process in which it is normal that both sides lobby for their interest. LYMEC therefore calls on Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to keep up her work to fight for a trade deal that is…Details
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…Details
LYMEC is appalled by the current developments in Poland and strongly opposes the decision of the Polish Prime Minister to back the move towards a total ban on abortion. LYMEC ardently believes in the division of church and state powers, and that religious points of view should never be imposed on others. Moreover, LYMEC stresses the…Details
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…Details
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…Details
From the 20th to 21st of February LYMEC organised a seminar on the topic Strengthening democracy in the Southern Balkans and empowering young activists in Skopje, Macedonia. The capacity building seminar was made possible with the support from Hans van Baalen, member of the European Parliament (ALDE group) and ALDE Party president. The aim of…Details
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,…Details
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…Details
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…Details
Call for a new Secretary General In accordance with the Statutes of LYMEC, the Bureau is launching a call for the position of Secretary-General. The candidates are expected to be available to take up work in our Brussels office as of the beginning of April. The candidate selected by the Bureau will be…Details
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…Details
LYMEC is launching two working groups that will work throughout the new year, delivering the final results in our next Autumn Congress. Working Group on the 40th anniversary of LYMEC LYMEC was created in 1976, like the Federation of Liberal and Democrat Parties in Europe and as a consequence of the upcoming first direct…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
ALDE Party is looking for a receptionist! Apply by writing to email@example.com 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…Details
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…Details
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…Details
LYMEC condemns the lack of privacy and proportionality in PNR report The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC)is appalled that the white paper on Passenger Name Registration (PNR) that was voted on the Civil Liberties Commitee in the European Parliament lacks any substantial protections for privacy. The goal to prevent terrorism and track suspicious subjects…Details
On the 1st and 2nd of July one hundred young Liberals and Democrats from all corners of Europe gathered in the European Parliament, in Brussels, to learn, debate and network.
This year’s annual EuroPride took place in Latvia’s capital Riga on Saturday the 27th of June. Organisations, activists and individuals gathered to advocate for LGBT right in Latvia and in Europe.
Last week, from the 2nd to the 4th of June about 30 young Liberal councilors from across Europe convened in Brussels in a joint ALDE Group in the Committee of the Regions (ALDE-CoR)/ LYMEC event under the title Local going European: Introducing young liberals to the work of the Committee of the Regions.
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…Details
From 30 of April to 2 May over 120 LYMEC members and guests gathered in central Rotterdam to discuss the future of our continent and its neighbourhood, with a special focus on security, defence and foreign policy.
Following the political crisis in Macedonia, with ongoing civil protests against current government and recent escalation of violence in forms of still unclear confrontation between a criminal armed group and police resulting in a number of deaths on both sides, LYMEC expresses its concern for the state of democracy and security in the country.
This weekend’s tragic event in the Mediterranean Sea, costing the lives of hundreds of refugees, once again stresses the urgent need for the EU to change the asylum system, the external border control and to step up the fight against human trafficking.
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.
Between 20 and 22 of March around 30 members of LYMEC and other ELF-affiliated organizations came to Warsaw to discuss and present their opinions about different levels of development across European regions and exchange views on how to tackle regional disparities by promoting growth based on innovation, private investment and trade.
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…Details
We are starting the year with plenty of new projects: a new working group, an event in Warsaw and, of course, the IMS elections. Read the information below and send your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. ___________________________________________ Comparative European Liberal Policies LYMEC is calling for a working group on Comparative European Liberal Policies. The…Details
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…Details
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…Details
LYMEC condemns the so called Spanish “Gag Law”. President Vedrana Gujic is indignant: “If this law is approved it will legalize the abuse of human rights. The right of assembly and peaceful disobedience are European core values that are endangered by the massive rights given to police and government. No individual can tolerate such breaches…Details
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…Details
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…Details
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”…Details
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.
The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) is taking its engagement for youth politics to a new level with the launch of the new campaign #trustmeiamaliberal. LYMEC Campaign Officer Jelena Jesajana explains: ‘With this campaign we are aiming at shaping LYMECs identity and increasing understanding of liberal values and ideas among a broader audience. Thus we are…Details
Liberal Individuals from all over Europe gathered in Brussels on October 9 – 11 to participate in a training and networking event for individual members of LYMEC and ALDE Party – “Individual in European Politics”.
rom 26th to 28th September the annual Young Leaders Meeting organized by the European Liberal Youth took place in Thessaloniki. Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the member organisations of LYMEC came to Greece to reflect on the results of the European elections and draw some guiding lines for the years to come.
Last weekend in the capital of the Czech Republic, home of four new ALDE MEPs, LYMEC’s bureau gathered to plan its programme of action for the two-years’ mandate.
LYMEC stresses that the crash of a Malaysian Airlines aircraft in Ukraine and the subsequent loss of lives is primarily a personal tragedy for those affected. Therefore our condolences go out to the friends and families of the 298 people that died in the crash.
LYMEC Bureau is deeply shocked with the news of the crash of flight MH 17 of Malaysian Airlines flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over Ukrainian territory.
The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) welcomes the reduced mobile phone charges within the European Union. From July 1 the costs of calling across borders have gone down and a truly European mobile market has come one step closer.
The European Liberal Youth welcomes the enforcement of ECJ’s ruling of 13 of May on the individual’s ‘right to be forgotten.’ This week Google started enacting the ruling of the ECJ, after creating the appropriate online form for that end.
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…Details
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.
Young European Liberals oppose the deal in Slovakia between Social Democrats and Christian Democrats. LYMEC is appalled by the recent decision of Slovak Social democrats and Christian democrats to pursue a constitutional ban of same sex marriages, seeking further limitations of LGBTI-rights.
More than 100 delegates from LYMEC member organizations attended the LYMEC Electoral Congress, that took place in Zagreb, Croatia on the 6 and 7 of June 2014. The Congress discussed a number of policy issues and elected a new leadership of the organization for the next two years.
In the past two days (25 and 26 of March) about 30 members of LYMEC (over a third of them candidates to the upcoming European elections) gathered in Brussels to discuss the role of the European Union in the protection of civil rights and individual freedoms. This was an event organised by the European Liberal Forum…Details
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…Details
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…Details
“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…Details
LYMEC was present with eleven representatives, including bureau members and delegates to ALDE Party congresses. Having had the opportunity of hearing the speeches of Guy Verhofstadt and Olli Rehn, the Liberal team that will push the campaign towards a more Liberal Europe in the upcoming elections, we are now ready to fight during the next months…Details
On November, 21 unexpected developments have happened concerning Ukraine-Eu negotiations. The planned visit of European Commissioner Stefan Fülle to Ukraine cancelled. Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has suspended the process of preparation for the conclusion of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and European Union. The document was signed by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov came to…Details
LYMEC, the European Youth, urgently requests EU representatives to reject the vote in the Parliament later today that could potentially pave the way for European fishing vessels to fish off the shores of Western Sahara.
Last weekend (28 to 30 November) around 900 European Liberals gathered at Canary Wharf in East London’s Docklands to participate in the 34th Annual ALDE Party Congress. Taking place less than 6 months before the EU elections, the Congress was more crucial than ever. The Party’s President Sir Graham Watson MEP was re-elected to a…Details
As talks to form the new German coalition government continue, LYMEC (the European Liberal Youth) is very concerned that proposals to put pressure on the Irish government to raise their corporation tax rate form part of the discussions.
Latest reports from Budapest suggest that the Hungarian parliament has overwhelmingly voted in favour of measures that enable local authorities to make it a criminal offence for homeless people to live in public spaces and in and around rubbish points.
At least 1.6 million people took their places in a massive human chain for independence, spanning over 400 kilometers A massive, colorful and festive human chain formed this Wednesday in Catalonia. A multitude of citizens, old and young, joined hands at exactly 17:14 (15:14 GMT), creating a historic line which crossed Catalonia from north to…Details
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…Details
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.Details
FLRY (the International Federation of Liberal Youth) and LYMEC (the European Liberal Youth) today call for the release of Azerbaijani politician Yagidar Sagidov. Sagidov, the political adviser to the chairman of the main Azerbaijani opposition party, Musavat, was arrested on 26 June on a charge of assaulting a war veteran. However, it is widely accepted…Details
LYMEC, the European Liberal Youth, announce our bewilderment at the United Kingdom government’s proposals for homes to have pornography automatically blocked by their internet provider unless the householder actively chooses to receive it.
This weekend LYMEC and ELF held a training for 30 participants coming from around Europe under the title “Redrafting Europe: building and communicating a Liberal political program in the face of populism” in Florence, Italy.
LYMEC is currently working on establishing a cross European network for the young candidates running in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. The aim of the network is to get young candidates in touch with each other, create an online platform for knowledge and best practice sharing in terms of campaigns, communication and politics in general.…Details
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 is excited to welcome the Republic of Croatia as the new member state of the European Union enriching the EU with 4.4 million new citizens, new official languge and beautiful landscapes. Being a strong believer in enlargement of the European Union we are happy to see that the process is still very much alive…Details
Last week LYMEC, the European Liberal Youth held our annual Academy event in the European Parliament. The theme for the event, held across two days, was “the Voice of Youth”. Less than 12 months before crucial EU elections, contributors discussed the role young liberals should play both within their own parties and in communicating the…Details
LYMEC strongly opposes the violation of private information and personal data. The right to privacy and protection from government intrusion is a basic human right and must be respected.
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…Details
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…Details
Following a resolution passed at our Spring Congress in Tallinn, LYMEC has written to every Indian embassy in the European Union to voice our outrage at the lack of action taken to protect women in India against rape and sexual assault. LYMEC believes that much more should be done to make the situation in India…Details
LYMEC, the European Liberal Youth, announce our bewilderment at yet another bizarre decision made by the European Commission. It has been announced that from 1 January 2014, all olive oil used by the public in restaurants must be contained in pre-packaged bottles. This means that the use of refillable glass jugs and dipping bowls Europeans…Details
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…Details
On 18 March 2013, on the occasion of the 7th unfortunate anniversary of Lukashenka’s condemned election victory, we, representatives of European youth, denounce the persisting human rights violation in Belarus.
LYMEC Bureau is pleased to announce that our Vice President, Vedrana Gujic, has been put forward as a candidate for the historical first European Parliament elections that will take place in April 2013, two months before Croatia becomes the 28th European member state.
LYMEC and ALDE Party are launching a campaign on Youth Unemployment beginning in April 2013 to raise awareness among European Union governments about the growing problem of youth unemployment.
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…Details
LYMEC, the European Liberal Youth, announces our strong opposition for plans for voting in the European Parliament on the 2014-2020 Budget to be conducted by secret ballot.
LYMEC, the European Liberal Youth, broadly welcomes the result of last week’s European Council crucial budget negotiations. We feel that the new budget limit being reduced by 3% for the period from 2014 to 2020 is sensible in light of the current economic climate, and far more sane than the Commission’s recommendations for a 5%…Details
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LYMEC wishes to express our shock and outrage at the assassination attempt on MRF leader Ahmed Dogan at their Congress in Sofia today. We are very glad that everyone is safe, and we send our support and best wishes to everyone in MRF and YMRF. Such cowardly acts should never deter those who believe in…Details
The time is now for young liberals as LYMEC holds pre-election Congress in Bucharest By: LYMEC Office
Last weekend, over 100 delegates congregated in Bucharest, Romania for LYMEC’s (European Liberal Youth) Autumn Congress. Being the last Congress before the important EU elections next year, participants took the opportunity to discuss and approve our Manifesto ,“Future First”, which states our position on institutional reform, cyber politics and investment in the youth of Europe.…Details