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European Rural Youth Summit [ERYS]

Conference – Symposium - Forum

23-27 July 2024 | Hălăucești, Iași, Romania

#JoinUs for the second edition of the European Rural Youth Summit [ERYS], where we continue our mission to develop the rural youth ecosystem in Europe under the theme “From Rural 2 Plural and Beyond”.

This year, we aim to build on the achievements of the first edition of the summit, ensuring its legacy while focusing on the expansion of the European Youth Village program across Europe.

Organized under the umbrella of the European Youth Village Program, together with the Romanian National Agency for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ANPCDEFP), ERYS is more than a meeting; it’s a movement towards strengthening rural youth networks, amplifying the young people’s voices, and driving tangible change across the European rural communities.  You can see HERE more details about the first edition in 2023 and HERE a short vibe-video of the first edition.


Apply before 39th of June 2024 and be part of a decisive moment where collaboration and action converge to shape the future of rural Europe!

Why participate?

Engage in innovative and interactive sessions with policymakers, young people from rural areas and professionals from the field of Youth to voice your experiences and insights beyond traditional formats.

Contribute to make the policy recommendations developed during the first edition of the summit practical and effective, so they can have a genuine impact on the ground. This means taking the ideas and plans from our policy document and turning them into concrete steps that can be implemented across European rural communities. 

Join efforts to forge a strong European community around the European Youth Village program. 

Gain a clearer understanding of the European Youth Village program and explore how it can be adapted and implemented in different rural contexts.

Learn from workshops and sessions facilitated by experts. This year, the workshops will focus on the following four main topics: [1] Power of Youth, [2] Inclusion and Diversity, [3] Rural Development and [4] Wellbeing. 

Share best practices and connect with peers and organizations active in the field of rural youth across Europe, exploring opportunities for collaboration. 

Who should apply?

  • Rural youth from across Europe: young people aged 16-30 who live or come from rural areas in Europe. They can be students, workers, entrepreneurs, or activists who are passionate about rural development and want to make a difference in their communities. The underage participants may join only if they are accompanied by an adult person.
  • Experts and practitioners in the field of rural youth sector: youth workers, community organizers, representatives of non-governmental organizations interested in scaling the European Youth Village program in their countries and other experts who have a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing rural areas in Europe.
  • Policymakers and decision-makers: representatives from the European Union, national and local governments, and other organizations involved in rural development and rural youth sector. They will be invited to participate in the summit to engage in dialogue with rural youth and to learn about their perspectives and experiences.

Logistics and organizers

The event will take place in Hălăucești – one of the villages that held the European Youth Village title in 2022 and 2023.
The participants will be accommodated in double rooms in a 3* hotel in Roman city. Transfer by bus will be provided each morning and evening between the locations (25-30 minutes by car). Further details with logistics will be provided closer to the event. 

For international travel, Iași is the main air entrance in North-East Romania and its international airport has connections with a big variety of cities all over Europe. Another airport closer to Roman (the city where the participants will be accommodated) is Bacau. From Bucharest (Otopeni Airport), there are daily trains and buses to Roman. 

The event is organized by the NGO Rural Platform, the European Youth Village’s Governance (Active Development Association ADA and Go Free Association) and the Romanian National Agency in charge with Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps (ANPCDEFP), together with the young people from Hălăucești. 


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Applications are closed

The application deadline was 9 June 2024.

Date of selection: 18 June 2024

Training overview


This Conference – Symposium - Forum is

for 120 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth policy makers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches, young people aged 16-30 who live or come from rural

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



ANPCDEFP- RO NA (National Agency)


  • NGO Rural Platform, the European Youth Village’s Governance (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

Adriana Cozanu


Phone: 00402010715


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

RO NA  will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO in order to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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