Statement of the Youth of European Nationalities on the European Commission’s decision on the Minority SafePack Initiative

After a decade of intensive calls for promotion and improvement of minority rights in the European Union, on 14 January 2021, the European Commission took a stance that clearly goes against the EU values. By rejecting yet another European Citizens Initiative (ECI) the European Commission showed its disregard for one of few instruments of participatory […]

New Secretary General

  With the beginning of the new year Eva Schubert took over the management of YEN from Kasia Siemasz. Eva has been working with YEN since February 2019 as Project Manager and has experiences in a variety of international settings and youth work. “YEN, as an international youth organization, is currently facing challenging times. I am happy […]

Supporting Statement of the Youth of European Nationalities for the Minority SafePack Initiative

The European Citizens’ Initiative “Minority SafePack” that is one of the most important minority-related initiatives in Europe in the last decades, calls for promotion and improvement of minority rights in the European Union, in this the rights of minority youth. With the positive feedback that the initiative received during the public hearing in the European […]

Minority SafePack – One million signatures for diversity

The European Citizens’ Initiative “Minority SafePack” aims to promote the rights of national and linguistic minorities, ensure their protection at EU level and calls on the EU to use the tools at its disposal in this regard. Although the EU Treaty lists the respect for rights of persons belonging to minorities as an EU value, […]

Digital Autumn: Think united!

It`s getting colder and darker outside and because of Corona there is not much to do, other than stay at home. Now is a good time to listen to each other and learn something about anti-discrimination. Let’s think united! As YEN we are committed to create a Europe that values diversity. Our engagement is characterized […]

YEN Digital Summer came to an end

Under the motto “Think beyond borders” the YEN Digital Summer took place from May to July 2020. The special feature of the event series was the online format. Even though we were at home and could not travel, it was even more important to keep our network active and to show solidarity in this challenging […]

Think beyond borders – YEN Digital Summer has started!

In the next two months, we invite you to our activities under the motto “Think beyond borders”. Even when at home and not able to travel, we want to keep our network active and connected and reflect on the current situation as well as the challenges national, ethnic and linguistic  minorities face. Here we present […]

MYnority MYsay! – the podcast by YEN is online!

Back at the last Autumn Seminar “Gather up!” the idea of a YEN podcast came into life and was further developed during the project management course. A group of the participants worked on the realisation of the project, which we now, finally, are more than happy to share with you!! „With this podcast we want […]

Solidarity and Diversity in the wake of Corona: Statement from the Youth of European Nationalities

Today would mark the beginning of YEN’s Easter Seminar, our biggest event of the year with more than 80 participants arriving from over 20 different European countries. It would have taken place on the Knivsberg, Denmark, in the Danish-German border region, where YEN was established 36 years ago and the local minorities wanted to reflect […]

Due to the Coronavirus YENs Easter Seminar will be cancelled!

Today we decided to cancel our Easter Seminar „Grenzland 2.0 – 100 years of best practice? Think beyond borders“.   The Danish authorities have asked organisers of smaller events to assess the risk of infection themselves and act accordingly. Therefore, the Youth of European Nationalities (YEN) and its co-organizers, the youth organisations of the German […]