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Youth Sounding Board

EU Commissioner for International Partnerships is looking for 25 young people from around the world to connect, engage and shape the EU’s external action for the people and the planet.

Make your voice heard! Are you 18 to 30 years old? Are you passionate about youth empowerment and participation? Do you have ideas how the European Union (EU) can integrate better the needs and issues faced by young people in our international partnerships?
If yes, apply for the Youth Sounding Board for International Partnerships! Deadline: Monday, 26 April 2021, 23:59 CET.

The Youth Sounding Board in a nutshell

Youth empowerment is a top priority for EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, and the EU believes that young people must be involved in shaping and implementing its external action. The Youth Sounding Board aims to create a real, fundamental, long-lasting change in how the EU engages with young people in its development cooperation.

25 motivated young people from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Europe.

The Youth Sounding Board is a space for young people to have an influence on EU external action and international partnerships. The selected board members will thereby contribute to make EU action more participatory, relevant and effective for young people in EU partner countries.

Online. At least four meetings will take place every year – virtually and, when the situation allows, in person in Brussels.

How much time?
The Youth Sounding Board members will commit for two years, for about 15 days a year.

This is an unpaid mandate. However, travel and other related expenses will be covered.

Applications are via an online form, accessible via Youth Sounding Board | International Partnerships (

Deadline for applications is 26 April 2021, 23:59 CET.