Regional European Alcohol Policy Youth Conferences (REAPYC)


1st REAPYC Chișinău, Moldova (16-22nd December 2013)

APYN with National Youth Council of Moldova (CNTM) organized the first Regional European Alcohol Policy Youth Conference (REAPYC) in Chisinau, Moldova between the 16th and 22nd December 2013. REAPYC a youth conference, first of its kind that gathered around 50 young people from different countries of the Eastern European Partnership Window, building capacity for youth to become advocates of a more comprehensive alcohol policy in Europe

The project was supported by the European Commission – Youth in Action programme, Slovenian Ministry of Health, Ministry of Youth and Sport of Moldova and was organized in cooperation with the National Youth Council of Moldova (CNTM).

The idea of the conference is to build capacity for youth organizations and young people to become advocates of a more comprehensive alcohol policy in Europe. The conference offered parallel sessions focusing on youth research on alcohol, project development and advocacy on alcohol policy.

2nd REAPYC Kaunas, Lithuania (2nd-8th November 2016)


The second Regional Alcohol Policy Youth Conference was organized by APYN and LiMSA and it took place in Kaunas (Lithuania) between 2nd and 8th of November 2016. 2nd REAPYC gathered around 30 young people from different countries of the Baltic Sea region, some of them already familiar with the alcohol topic, others beginners, but all eager to learn.

Throughout the week participants got familiar with the topic of alcohol, they discussed why alcohol is a problem and got the knowledge about the alcohol industry and its tricks. The opening plenary offered participants a chance to listen to Nils Garnes from Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), Lauri Beekmann from Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network (NordAN), Simona Stankevičiūtė from Lithuanian Junior Doctors’ Association (JGA) and Lukas Galkus from APYN.

In addition, participants took a closer look on what youth organizations can do in the field of alcohol. Workshops on policy and advocacy, project development and youth research were held, where participants were able to get some practical experience on specific topics. In research workshop they concluded their own research, on project development they designed a new project and in advocacy they prepared their own advocacy campaign.

REAPYC was concluded with a study trip to Vilnius where the closing plenary session took place. Nijolė Goštautaitė-Midttun from Mental Health Initiative (MHI) talked about the role of NGOs in reducing alcohol related harm and good practices in Lithuania. Paulius Mikšys and Juozas Šerkšnas from youth NGO “Sober entertainment” presented a new movement of sober parties and encouraged young people to be more determined and establish similar initiatives in their own countries. Participants also presented their work from the workshops and discussed possible future initiatives and cooperation.

When closing the conference Lukas Galkus, the president of APYN, highlighted that REAPYC is really opportune and extremely relevant at present time. He said: “For the past 10 years WHO has constantly drawn attention to the region of the Baltic and Eastern Europe and its high alcohol consumption and alcohol related harm problems. We are one of the most problematic regions, therefore the inclusion of young people in the process of comprehension and solving of the problem is extremely important.”