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
Georges Rencki (FR)
European Commission official 1958-1992. HAEU, GR 149
Paolo Clarotti (IT)
European Commission official 1959-1996. HAEU, INT 124
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
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.
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.