Who we are
#GiveAVote is a youth activation campaign powered by the European Youth Card Association (EYCA) and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The campaign is led by 25 young activists from 13 EU member states: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia.
The campaign is also supported by EYCA member organisations:
- National Youth Card Association | Bulgaria
- Croatian Youth Hostel Association | Croatia
- Czech Council of Children and Youth | Czech Republic
- Allianssi | Finland
- Association IJD | France
- Reisenetz | Germany
- Youth Work Ireland | Ireland
- Agence Nationale pour l'Information des Jeunes | Luxembourg
- Aġenzija Żgħażagħ | Malta
- Polish Youth Projects Association | Poland
- Movijovem | Portugal
- MOBIN - Institute for Youth Mobility and Information | Slovenia
What’s the point?
We want all young people to vote in the European Elections and all elections in general. In the 2014 European Elections, only 28% of young people voted – the lowest turnout among all age groups.
The EU has a huge impact on many aspects of young people’s lives and young people should have their say on the decisions made. Voting, choosing the candidates to represent them, is the democratic way to influence the way the EU works.
Plus, we’d like young people to shake things up in the way politics works. Because young people are less likely to vote compared to other age groups, they are not seen as a great source of votes for political parties. Therefore, politicians build their strategies and priorities without paying enough attention to young people. This has to change and only young people themselves can do it. Going to vote is a sure way of making politicians pay attention to young people’s needs and the causes they support.
We’re not here to tell anyone how to vote. We are encouraging young people to get informed about how the EU works and about the positions of the various parties, make up their own minds and then go to the polls in May.
Left, right, centre or anything in between, young people have their own opinions and should express them on voting day, so that the European Parliament represents them and works for them.