EU40, the League of Young Voters and the European Youth Forum are hosting professional campaign training with experienced trainers in the Library of the European Parliament on the 3rd and 4th of March (full days) for all young candidates for the European Parliament. The training aims at strengthening campaigning skills and gives support towards conducting a successful election campaign. This is the first time that such training is offered to young candidates, from all 28 EU Member States and across the political spectrum.

Young people are underrepresented in the European Parliament. Although 16-35 year olds represent 26% of the population in the EU, there were only 19% of candidates below 35 in the 2009 election and only 13% of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are under 40. Our aim is to empower young politicians and make sure that young MEPs do not remain a minority.

In order to support and strengthen the position of the newly elected, we will therefore also be offering a two-day training on the 12th and 13th of June (and again on the 19th and 20th of June 2014), in preparation of the many challenges and obstacles awaiting new, young MEPs in the House for the upcoming five years. If we can increase their chances of being re-elected from the get go, than we have achieved allot!

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