IFMSA at the European Youth Forum

IMG_4449Between the 18th and the 23rd of November, I was present in the European Youth Forum’s General Assembly in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the European Youth Capital for 2015 together with Kornelija Maceviciute, our Liaison Officer for Students Organizations.

IFMSA is a full member of the European Youth Forum, accessing to a platform that aggregates around 100 youth organizations, in which we discuss and learn about youth rights, non-formal education and many other important topics.

This federation holds a General Assembly every two years. In this GA, we’ve discussed the Work Plan of the European Youth Forum, agreed on Policy Resolutions and elected the board for the next term.

Kornelija and I gave input in several discussions, namely the inclusion of Universal Health Coverage in the European Youth Forum’s Work Plan; while drafting a Policy Resolution about the TTIP we raised awareness about the potential negative impact of this agreement on health-related issues, such as access to Medicines and Surgical Procedures; we actively participated in the elections’ discussions and outreached with many Youth Councils from Europe that will definitely help and work with our European National Members Organizations.

Plus, on the first day, we presented IFMSA in a Youth Fair for more than 300 guests, event during which the European Youth Capital for 2016 – Varna, Bulgaria – was publicly announced.

Surely we will put a lot of effort to continue following-up the European Youth Forum’s work and we will try to put health on the european youth agenda, so we can continue increasing the quality of our advocacy at the regional and global level.

Entry written by Alberto Abreu Da Silva, IFMSA Regional Coordinator for Europe 2014/15

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