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Just a small note to begin with: The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the official platform of all Youth Organizations in Europe, consists of National Youth Councils and International NGOs and is a recognized partner of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

I had the opportunity last weekend to represent YEPP at the Council of Members on the occasion of the CoE Advisory Council elections. Together with Duarte and Emanuele, we attended a number of meetings, policy commissions, working groups and plenary sessions. On our first night discussion with our friends from the sister Organizations DEMYC and EDS, we decided be as participative as possible. The centre right "trio" had a candidate for the elections so we wanted to create a positive impression.

For those of you who have attended our Council Meetings - believe me - it's a completely different experience. With 200 young europeans, all with their very own view on every issue, it's practically impossible to reach any kind of consensus. Endless information on countless topics with background knowledge that takes months - if not years - to get full knowledge on. Hundreds of abreviations that you have to remember because they are used in every sentence. In other words, not easy.


The past 20th November a huge majority of the Spanish decided to finish with the socialist government and granted absolute confidence in the party led by Mariano Rajoy. With a 44.62% of votes the PP has now the responsibility to carry out all the necessary reforms to Spain to leave the crisis and begin a new phase of economic recovery and job growth.
Unfortunately, the young people has been the most affected by the socialist politics, with almost 45% of youth unemployment. Due to that fact, they have been extremely participative in this campaign, which has been reflected in social networks, as Facebook and Twitter. Nuevas Generaciones, the youth organization of PP, has developed an online campaign which have been followed by millions of young people.
We hope that  the Partido Popular’s victory will be the beginning of the change for Spain.   


Last night was remarkable, the victory, the historic numbers of this result for Partido Popular, but especially the responsibility shown by Mariano Rajoy and his 'inner circle' during the victory speech. Despite this astonishing result, and the consequent defeat of PSOE, PP leader has shown to all country that is now the President of all Spanish citizens, no matter who they voted for, no matter their political views. Everybody is needed to put Spain back on track and to get the country growing again.

Being present on a day like this, in the PP headquarters was a true honor for me thanks to the huge efforts of Maria Fuster who introduce me to all PP leading figures. I felt at home, in our EPP family. I was present at the very beginning of a new era, of a new opportunity for Spain, for the EPP political family, a new beginning for Europe itself.


Dear friends,

Welcome to the new website of the Youth of the European People's Party. Since its foundation in 1997, YEPP gradually became the biggest political organization for the European centre-right youth. It became a genuine meeting point for those committed to European integration and sharing our values: the rule of law, freedom, human dignity, preserving our traditions and the rejection of any kind of extremism.

YEPP provides continuous training for young centre-right activists, most of whom will play an active role in politics in the years to come. Within YEPP, young delegates also get to know the insights of EU decision making and the art of compromise. Besides this, YEPP is a well functioning network. It provides a permanent information flow in various political issues with special regard to best campaign practices.

Last, but not least, YEPP is a platform for policy making. We make our voice heard in most EU-related issues, especially when it comes to the interests of the youth. During the term of the current board, a special focus is being put on youth employment, economic governance, environment and human rights. We also take our share in fighting against political extremism within and beyond the European Union.


In recent months, there has been a natural tendency to compare the cases of Greece and Portugal because both countries have an Economic Assistance Programme negotiated with the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and European Commission. However, one should be careful in this exercise. Each case is different both in the origins of the problem and in the type of programme agreed upon. Each country has its specific strengths and weaknesses but I am confident that in the end both will prevail. 
In Portugal we happen to have a considerable political consensus around the measures contained in the Memorandums of Understanding, because the three main political parties in Parliament (representing more than 80% of the votes) supported the agreement with the Troika.
It is national understanding that the Assistance Programme can also represent a huge opportunity to modernize our country, as it gives us the right incentives to implement structural reforms in key areas, such as in the judicial system, education, health, banking, energy and labour market.


Greece is on the global media spotlight for the last 20 months. Thousands of front pagers, millions of articles, trillions of opinions, countless thoughts on what has gone so wrong in this country. On hearing “Greece” the world understands “problem”. The trust is gone, so is the credibility. Is it the fault of politicians? Definitely. Is it the fault of the Unions? No question. Is it the fault of our parents' generation? I think so. The only ones not having done anything to cause the crisis, are the ones who will literally pay for it. The young greeks, who are so sick of everything representing the past in their country, who do not want to follow the "safe way" of getting a job in the public sector, who desperately want to follow the western type of career building and entrepreneurship, all those who want to do something to change their country but they don't know how.