The involvement of present and future generations in the shaping of our societies is high on the political agenda on a local, regional, national and European level. Therefore, already in 2010 the EU initiated its own Youth Strategy. In 2016, EU Leaders endorsed the need for action in support of youth in the Bratislava Roadmap. Since then, various EU policies and initiatives have aimed at giving leverage to young people in Europe:
- the Youth Guarantee
- the Manifesto for young people by young people to shape the European cooperation policy
- the Eastern Partnership
- the European Year of Youth 2022 and the
- Youth for a just transition – A toolkit for youth participation in the Just Transition Fund
In this context, the Danube Youth Council (DYC) shall provide a platform for institutional involvement of young people in all EUSDR bodies to make ideas and viewpoints of young people heard and considered on a political level.
The Danube Youth Council has been officially established as of October 2022 and is composed of 28 members, 2 members from each of the 14 Danube Region countries (Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine). The members of the Youth Council may:
- propose concrete actions and projects and suggest topics
- bring ideas to the attention of high-level politicians from EUSDR states and regions
- contribute to the EUSDR priorities and policies
- raise attention for the special features of their regions at the transnational level
- participate in all youth activities of EUSDR
- participate in EUSDR events as well as international and EU related youth events
For the first 13 months of its existence (1 October 2022 – 31 October 2023), the Danube Youth Council is funded by the European Commission and co-funded by the City of Vienna. This financial support covers travel and accommodation costs of DYC members for meetings and events.
Starting on 1 November 2023, the Danube Youth Council moves from the Pilot Action to long-term implementation.
DYC Members 2022/2023
The application is currently only open for candidates who are permanent residents of Bulgaria, as one place for Bulgaria is becoming vacant as of 1 November 2023. The application form will remain open until 26 October 2023. The mandate period for the selected candidate will be: 1 November 2023 – 31 October 2024.
The general application rules allow you to apply if you:
- are interested in shaping the future of the Danube Region and want to work together with EUSDR National Coordinators, Priority Area Coordinators and their Steering Groups to bring the Danube Region forward in 12 thematic fields;
- are at least 18 and younger than 30 for the whole duration of your one-year mandate;
- are a permanent resident of one of the 14 participating states/regions of the Danube Region Strategy;
In the case of Germany, only residents of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria are eligible.
In the case of Ukraine, only residents originating from the following four regions are eligible: Chernivetska Oblast, Ivano-Frankivska Oblast, Zakarpatska Oblast and Odeska Oblast. Ukrainian applicants from these 4 Oblasts are eligible regardless of their current location.
- have a good understanding of the English language;
- are ready to commit for one year to the Danube Youth Council. This commitment includes the participation in approx. 3-4 physical meetings, virtual exchanges, the work in small groups on proposals and projects and the voluntary participation in events, meetings of EUSDR core stakeholders and further youth activities. On average, you should be able to dedicate at least one hour per week to your DYC activity.
The selection of DYC members shall foster diversity in various dimensions. Therefore, attention is paid to a balance of young people from the 14 EUSDR participating states of different genders and with different educational or professional backgrounds. If you have experience in youth organisations or volunteer work, we would like to know about it, however it is not a prerequisite.
Among all applicants who fulfil the formal eligibility criteria (age, permanent residence in one of the participating states of the Danube Region, etc.), the selection of candidates is then carried out by random sample. Per Danube Region country, two young representatives are selected.
If you are not selected for the Danube Youth Council but would still like to get the chance to join the DYC at a later stage, you may indicate in the application form your willingness to be added to the reserve list. In this case, we will get back to you when the mandate of a member of the Danube Youth Council representing your country expires or they decide to cancel it before the end of their first year.
Reserve list candidates will be contacted first, before a new call for applications is opened.
No obligations will arise for you as a consequence of being part of this reserve list.
DYC members are selected for a mandate of one year.
After one year, they have the possibility to extend their mandate to a second year (1+1 rule). Extending the mandate to a third year is not possible. This is to allow a larger number of young people to become members of the DYC.