8th Congress of Young Europeans, Thessaloniki 2023, 19-22 October

Independence Days: Our Challenges, our Responses

European Youth confronting the challenge of independent living


Still living in the parents’ house? Confronted daily with precarious working conditions with low paid jobs, short-term contracts or even unpaid internships? Feeling stressed and uncertain about the future? Having the impression that the political debate does not reflect your needs?

If this sounds familiar, it is because indeed this is a widespread reality for young people all over Europe. The challenge of independent living has become a defining characteristic of this generation, a phenomenon with diverse consequences ranging from income to care and mental health, related to access to affordable housing, linked to rights and gender equality and triggering a feeling of political underrepresentation, of being left out.

The Congress of the Young Europeans comes back after an obligatory break due to the pandemic with its next edition that will take place in Thessaloniki 19-22 October 2023. The event aims at providing a platform to young Europeans from across the continent to meet, work with each other, voice directly their concerns, and put forward their own solutions, just over a few months ahead of the 2024 European Elections.

Within this framework, an international public conference will address the issues above, opening the debate to the city of Thessaloniki, once Europe’s Youth Capital and host to one of the biggest universities in Southeastern Europe.

Organised by: Heinrich Böll Foundation - Thessaloniki Office / Green European Foundation (GEF) / Young European Greens (FYEG)

Local partners: Infinity Greece / ActionAid Hellas

Draft agenda

Thursday, 19 October

  • Arrival & Check in at hostels
  • 20:00 Informal welcome gathering


Friday, 20 October

  • 9:30-16:30 Workshops
  • 18:30 Visits to HBS Thessaloniki partners

Saturday, 21 October

  • 10:00-16:15 Public conference
  • 18:00 Cultural programme
  • 21:30 Party


Sunday, 22 October

  • 9:30 Breakfast session
  • 11:00-14:00 Roundup session
  • Afternoon: Departure

Call for participants (deadline 7-7-2023)