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Pathways to Rights: Empowering Young Europeans

October 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - October 31, 2017 @ 6:00 pm UTC+1

Volonteurope's 26th Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce Volonteurope’s 26th Annual Conference: Pathways to Rights: Empowering Young Europeans.

The event will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 30-31 October, and will focus on equal access to rights, particularly for young people.

Too often, young people are left out of the processes that shape their futures. Participation, social action and active citizenship are pathways to the empowerment of young people, and thus civil society organisations play a pivotal role in supporting them in building a fairer Europe.

Communities and society are increasingly unequal and more people than ever are facing social exclusion, in particular young people. With the UK, after the EU referendum, negotiating its exit from the European Union, we are in danger of facing a hard Brexit that will deny several mutual freedoms and rights for both British people and other EU citizens living in the country, affecting mostly the younger generations that face the loss of their EU citizenship.

In times of unprecedented societal and labour market challenges, and when the civic space is shrinking, we need to find new ways of participating and work to strengthen successful initiatives.
Volonteurope’s 26th annual conference will be an occasion to share practices and information around participation as a pathway to accessing rights and strengthening social cohesion.

The conference: ‘Pathways to rights: empowering young Europeans’ will bring together young people from all over Europe to discuss, share experiences, and learn from others about ways in which they engage with civil society organisations to create a better and fairer society for all.

Check out the latest PROGRAMME 

Fee structure:
This year we are charging all participants a nominal fee of €22, of which €20 will be refunded upon attendance of both days of the conference.

For participants aged 18-30, Volonteurope can cover accommodation on the night of October 30 at the Hostel Van Gogh, 8, Rue Traversiere, 1210 Bruxelles. 

Registration has now closed – we look forward to seeing you on Monday!


Important information about venues:

Click here for a map showing the location of the conference venues and the hostel

The opening and first evening’s events of the conference will take place at the SOLIDAR office building, with registration starting at 17:00.

The location for the opening night is:

Rue de Pascale 4-6 1040 Brussels Belgium

Below you can find directions for the location for the events on the 31st:

How to get to the Trèves Building at the European Economic and Social Committee location


Trèves Building, 7th floor, 74 rue de Trèves, 1040 Brussels
Trèves Building, 7th floor, 74 rue de Trèves,
Brussels ,1040 Belgium
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