Last month, the EU NEIGHBOURS east programme welcomed 657 new Young European Ambassadors (YEAs), bringing its network to a total of 1,162 active YEAs. Now it’s time for you to meet them!
Every active YEA now has a profile and photo on the EU NEIGHBOURS east website, including their name, photo, country of origin and profession, and a short personal profile introducing their experience and interests.
The new YEAS, aged 16-26, were selected among a record 2,126 applications from young candidates from the EaP countries, EU Member States and the UK.
After an intense selection procedure for assessing the applications, 74 new YEAs were picked for Armenia, 114 for Azerbaijan, 14 for Belarus, 98 for Georgia, 108 for Moldova, 121 for Ukraine, and 128 for the EU/UK.
The Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) initiative is a non-political, voluntary, vibrant communication network connecting and building bridges of friendship among young people from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and the EU Member States and the United Kingdom. The aim of the network is to raise awareness about the EU’s cooperation with its Eastern partner countries, showcase the tangible results of this cooperation, contribute to policy dialogue on various topics, help increase civic activism and work together for a better future.
Between January and October 2023, the Young European Ambassadors took part in 821 activities across the region and in the EU. Face-to-face activities last year reached 52,000 people, while online reach has risen to more than 3.8 million.
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This website is managed by the EU-funded Regional Communication Programme for the Eastern Neighbourhood ('EU NEIGHBOURS east’), which complements and supports the communication of the Delegations of the European Union in the Eastern partner countries, and works under the guidance of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and the European External Action Service. EU NEIGHBOURS east is implemented by a GOPA PACE-led consortium. It is part of the larger Neighbourhood Communication Programme (2020-2024) for the EU's Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood, which also includes 'EU NEIGHBOURS south’ project that runs the EU Neighbours portal.