The Red Cross Red Crescent European Youth Network (EYN) facilitates sharing of good practices, exchange of experiences and advocates on behalf of its members since 1975. We empower young people through strengthening cooperation within and outside of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

With 54 member countries in Europe and Central Asia, we connect more than 800,000 volunteers. The network relies on the active participation of a diverse group of Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers and is open to everyone interested in international humanitarian work.

The network’s steering group is the European Youth Coordination Committee (EYCC) that consists of seven representatives directly elected by the members of the EYN for two years. The EYCC is responsible for managing youth-led initiatives across Europe and Central Asia through several Working Groups, focusing on agreed priorities like Mental Health and Wellbeing, Climate Crisis, Migration, Humanitarian Education and Inclusion and Diversity.

We work closely with the IFRC Youth Commission and operate as a coordinator and contact point for the European region. However, we are not part of the Constitutional Framework of the IFRC and therefore not eligible for funding through the core budget. Our work relies on the willingness of National Societies to support our activities.

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EYCC elected members for 2021 – 2023:

  • Mr Rui Cancela, Portuguese Red Cross, Chair
  • Ms Eva Croon, German Red Cross, Vice Chair
  • Mr Balazs Beda, Hungarian Red Cross
  • Ms Emilia Kitsiou, Cyprus Red Cross
  • Mr Stef Smits, Netherlands Red Cross
  • Ms Preziosa Ventriglia, Italian Red Cross
  • Ms Iva Vrebac, Croatian Red Cross


EYCC Work Plan: English

Europe Youth poster online version: English French Spanish Russian

Bishkek Declaration: English French Spanish Russian

Europe Youth poster print-ready version: English French Spanish Russian