Elections at Online General Assembly 2020

Every two years we call for a group of talented young people to run for elected positions, renewing and reinvigorating that democratic mandate. 

Now, it's time for us to make this call again. 

For those elected, you will be the voice of young people in Europe (and beyond). You will join the permanent team in Brussels to learn, engage and create change.

This November at the online General Assembly, the Youth Forum’s full Members will elect and appoint people to the following statutory bodies: 

  • Board, 2 Vice-Presidents, 1 President -  11 people total
  • Financial Control Commission -  4 people total
  • Consultative Body on Membership Applications -  4 people total

Candidates must be nominated by at least 1 Member Organisation to run. The election process will be open, democratic and follow our code of conduct.

There will be several spaces for candidates ahead of the Online General Assembly to engage.

Timeline for the election process

The elections timeline:

10 September - Webinar with interested candidates

11 September - Applications open

06 October - Applications close

21 October - Extended deadline in the case that gender balance is not reached

29 October - Information session with declared candidates

04 November - Online presentation of candidates for the Board, Vice-Presidents and President

20 November - Debate of candidates for the Board, Vice-Presidents and President

20-22 November - Online General Assembly 


Are you up for the challenge? Read the information below for more detail!

Information for candidates

Deadline extension!

The previous deadline of 21 October has been extended until Sunday 1 November 23:59 CET for specific nominations to the FCC and CBMA

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their application so far. You can find the list* of all the current candidates here. (*Corrigendum: the list is updated to  appropriately reflect the nominating organisations and the support letters submitted with the nominations.) 

We are re-opening the call as we have a few spaces remaining on the FCC and the CBMA. These requirements are in accordance with the Statutes (Articles 4.4.1 and 4.6.1) and the Rules of Procedure (Articles A.6.2 and A.6.7).

For those who may still be interested in running, please check if you meet the criteria below!

Call for FCC Members

  • Application open to nominations from NYCs and for candidates with genders other than female-identified

Call for CBMA Members

  • Open to nominations from NYCs, for candidates with genders other than male-identified
  • Open to nominations from INGYOs, and for candidates with genders other than female identified

A reminder that candidates and nominating Member Organisations should submit the following documentation:
A letter on official headed paper from the organisation nominating the candidate, stating the position(s) for which the candidate is being nominated, with a stamp of the nominating organisation;
A letter from the candidate officially certifying that they accept the nomination(s);
The form filled in for the relevant position (please check below)

Online presentation of candidates

As part of the #YFJelections, the Youth Forum will provide all candidates with the space to present their candidacy and engage with Member Organisations.

Candidates are encouraged to send a short video presenting their candidacy. 
The video should be short and concise, of about 1-2 minutes maximum, and we recommend it to be horizontal, with good sound, and containing subtitles. Please note that the Youth Forum Secretariat will not edit the videos, we will only publish them. To support you in the process of video creation, feel can consult the following guidelines for video recording. With the video send us your picture (in jpeg or png format), and we will publish it with your application on the YFJ elections website.

Please send your video and picture latest by: 1 November 2020 to governance@youthforum.org. Please include your name and surname on the video recording file.

Each candidate will be also entitled to a virtual informal space to engage with Member Organisations. Information be published on the Youth Forum elections website following the closing of the election deadlines. 



Attending the General Assembly

If nominated candidates wish to attend all the sessions of the General Assembly, they will need to register as part of the delegation of the Member Organisation (as an official or extra delegate).

Otherwise, all candidates have automatic access only the Online General Assembly sessions related to elections (i.e presentation of candidates or debates). For registration of delegates, please visit the following link: https://database.youthforum.org/public/event-details/event/892 

Transparent and fair elections

Transparent and fair democratic elections are at the heart of the European Youth Forum. As such, we are working to ensure that all information communicated by our platform remains impartial and that all candidates receive equal visibility and treatment. This means that from now until the elections we will not share any candidate’s personal posts or output via official Youth Forum channels, regardless if this output is by currently elected individuals or any other candidate running. Thank you for your understanding and good luck to all!

Who can I contact?

For any question on the election process please contact the Youth Forum Secretary-General joe.elborn@youthforum.org

Besides the procedural requirements for the elections, the Secretariat shall remain a constant contact point for information. It will also organise the following several online information sessions and presentations with the candidates. For more information and key dates please consult the call for nominations, available for download here.

The video recording of the first information session describing the responsibilities and expectations of the different roles is available here (https://youthforum.clickmeeting.com/webinar-recording/rZ8402231 )

Need to get in touch?

General phone line: +32 2 793 75 20
fax: +32 2 893 25 80
e-mail: youthforum@youthforum.org
Rue de l’Industrie, 10
1000 Brussels

More information here.