1st EAPYC receives the European Best Practice Youth Award 2015

From 4th until 10th of May, European Youth Week 2015 has taken place in Brussels, Belgium. APYN and its member organisation Youth Network No Excuse Slovenia were represented there by Jan Peloza and Daša Kokole, who have on behalf of both organisations received the Youth Award for the most outstanding project in the category "Empowering young people through meetings with decision makers."

The European Commission is through the Youth in Action and Erasmus+ programme awarding the exceptional work of youth organisations in the field of youth empowerment and youth work. Directorate General for Education and Culture has nominated 150 projects, which are according to their criteria examples of good practice. There were 35 projects short-listed for the final award, and one of them was the first European Alcohol Policy Youth Conference (EAPYC), jointly organised by the No Excuse Slovenia and APYN.

The award was presented by Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, and Marita Seile, Minister for Education and Science of Latvia, which is currently holding the presidency of the Council of the EU. On this occasion, Jan Peloza, the president of No Excuse and APYN said: “This is an incredible honour for us, as these kinds of awards are not often given to Slovenian organisations. Youth work in Slovenia is recognised across Europe, as for example, the last 2 presidents of the European Youth Forum were coming from Slovenia. But unfortunately Slovenia is also among the first countries in the EU in the level of alcohol consumption per capita, which is why we decided to organise this conference in Slovenia in 2012.

In November 2012, over 100 young people, decision-makers and experts in the field of public health have gathered in Bled, searching and discussion solutions for prevention and reduction of alcohol-related harm in Europe. At this conference, the idea for an all-European project “Let it hAPYN” has been conceived, while APYN has gained wider recognition and is today joining 26 member organisations from 21 European countries.

Following the success of the first EAPYC, organised by No Excuse and APYN, the project has continued and expanded. The second EAPYC took place in 2014 in Bursa, Turkey, and has joined over 150 young people and experts from all around Europe. »We are proud that the project has been given recognition also by the general public, which gives us an additional motivation for international cooperation in the field of alcohol policy«, concluded Rok Primožič, the Secretary General of the Alcohol Policy Youth Network.


Slovenia with the project "European Alcohol Policy Youth Conference" received an award for outstanding project in the #youthweek awards ceremony yesterday. Watch the video!

Posted by European Youth on Thursday, May 7, 2015

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