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Young people have been the target for specific EU policies, like the flagship programme Erasmus, but they also proactively voiced their idea of Europe through youth associations and movements, from the outset of the European integration process. How children and young people perceive the European space is a measure of the impact of European policies, as well as a blueprint for the Europe of the future.

Youth for a federal Europe

International camp for European Youth at the Loreley, Germany, 1951. HAEU, CS 94 – Photos: Unknown
Review “Soleil Levant” of the association “Pro Pace”, youth section, on Loreley Camp. ​ HAEU, AM 195 

Georges Rencki (FR)
European Commission official 1958-1992. HAEU, GR 149

Paolo Clarotti (IT)
European Commission official 1959-1996. HAEU, INT 124

Activities of the Movimento Federalista Europeo (MFE) at its headquarters in Florence, Italy, June 1996. HAEU, SP 85 – Photo: Unknown

The Loreley Camp was one of the many initiatives organised by young Europeans in the early 1950s.​

Youth Policy in the EU

Manuel Marín González (ES)
 Vice-president of the European Commission 1986-1999. HAEU, INT 631

Celebrations organised by the European Union on reaching the landmark of one million ERASMUS students. © European Communities 1992 – Source: EC – Photo: Christian Lambiotte
Posters on EU educational programmes produced by the European Commission, HAUE NDG 8 and NDG 101
Poster produced by the European Commission. HAEU, NDG 468  
 Poster produced by the European Commission. HAEU, NDG 8

The Erasmus, Socrates and Leonardo programmes, launched by the European Commission between the 1980s and the 1990s, aimed to promote innovation, training, co-operation and mobility in education.

Bulletin of the European Youth Forum. HAEU, JD 981

Excerpt of speech by Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission, during the conference organised by Le Monde, together with the EEC and the Université de la Sorbonne, 2 March 1988, on “Education at the Heart of the European Project”. HAEU, JD 72

How the EU is perceived by young people

Drawings by primary and secondary students in the context of the workshops carried out by the HAEU educational programme. The topics discussed were: the individual perspective on the European Union, the free movement of people, and the Schuman Declaration.

Primary school students singing the song “Un, due, tre, Europa” during a workshop at the HAEU
Secondary school, February 2020
Primary school, March 2019​
Secondary school, December 2019
Poster produced by the European Commission. HAEU, NDG 289​
“For me, Europe is a continent linked by many threads”, Primary school, March 2019.