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European Rural Youth Summit

Conference – Symposium - Forum

5-9 September 2023 | Aroneanu, Iași, Romania

European Rural Youth Summit aims to strategically develop the rural youth ecosystem in Europe by bringing together young people from rural areas across Europe, youth workers, youth organizers and decision makers.

WHY? (mission and objectives)

Organized under the umbrella of the European Youth Village Program, the European Rural Youth Summit aims to strategically develop the rural youth ecosystem in Europe by bringing together young people from rural areas across Europe, youth workers, youth organizers and decision makers and provide a platform for them to raise their voices and share their experiences and perspectives on rural youth work and rural development.

One of the main results is to ensure the setting up youth ecosystems around the European Youth Village concept in as many European countries as possible in the following years.

The objectives of the event are:

  • To create a space for dialogue between rural youth and decision-makers on the challenges and opportunities facing rural areas in Europe in order to empower rural youth to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives and communities
  • To provide a learning and participation context for rural youth to engage with experts and peers on rural development issues and to develop their knowledge and skills and to promote the role of rural youth in shaping the future of Europe 
  • To raise awareness of the importance of rural development and to support the development of policy recommendations and proposals for improving the situation of rural youth in Europe.

WHO? (target groups)

  • Rural youth from across Europe: young people aged 16-30 who live or come from rural areas in Europe. They could 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 Aroneanu – one of the villages that holded the European Youth Village title in 2021. The participants will be accomodated in double rooms in 3* hotels in Iași. Transfer by bus will be provided each mornining an evening between the locations (15 - 20 minutes by car). 

Iași is the main air entrance in Romanian Moldova and its international airport has connections with abig variety of cities all over Europe. 

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


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Conference – Symposium - Forum is

for 150 participants

from Eastern Partnership countries , Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Western Balkan countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, Youth researchers

Working language(s):



Romanian NA for E+ and ESC (National Agency)

Over the last 25 years, the Romanian National Agency focused on promoting and supporting learning and solidarity as the main tool for change at local, national and European level, with a strong added value in youth sectors. At present, the NA works on identifying and connecting the needs of current beneficiaries to the future format of the European programs (be it Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps or others).


  • European Youth Village Governance (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:

Andrei Popescu


Phone: +40212010722

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.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Programme (via NET/TCA 2023).
The participation fee varies from country to country and represents the co-funding. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

The Romanian NA will not charge any extra fee.

Accommodation and food

Food, accommodation, premises and trainers fee are to be covered by the Romanian NA.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your National Agency (NA) or SALTO Resource Centre (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.
If not, in some particular cases aiming to ensure a wider representation the Romanian NA may cover the traveeling costs. 

The travelling costs to the location for Romanian participants represents cofunding and will not be covered by the organizers.

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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