The European Liberal Youth, abbreviated as LYMEC, is a pan-European youth organisation seeking to promote Liberal values throughout the EU as the youth organisation of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party and its parliamentary group in the European Parliament (ALDE, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe).
Involving about 150,000 members from over 50 organisations in more than 35 countries, LYMEC is made up of Member Organisations (MO) and Individual Members (IM) and it is active across the breadth and diversity of the European continent. Our central aim is the creation of a Liberal and federal Europe.
LYMEC was established in 1976 as the Liberal and Radical Youth Movement of the European Community. As a youth organisation, LYMEC supports the development of political and educational understanding of young people throughout Europe. LYMEC strives to play a political role within Europe by cooperating with other Liberal and radical organisations – such as ALDE – and to represent Liberal interests in European youth movements.
In brief, our organisation aims to:
Create a Liberal and federal Europe;
Educate its member organisations and individual members through seminars, publications, group travel, symposia, courses and meetings;
Increase the common understanding of Liberal ideas among young people throughout Europe;
Promote tolerance between cultures and individuals;
Increase the level of political awareness and involvement of young people in politics, including the promotion of active citizenship.
Recent activities include seminars organised in various European countries, conferences and symposia organised in the European Parliament, travel groups, campaigns and demonstrations.
We gather together for Congresses in various locations throughout Europe twice a year to exchange ideas and meet our fellow Liberal colleagues. All our events are listed on our website.