Our Work

At the European institutions, WYA young people work with the European Commission and European Parliament. In addition, we monitor select meetings at the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE). As a political and economic union comprising 27 Member States, the EU makes laws, reports and financial decisions that directly affect its individual Member States. WYA works to ensure that these actions affirm the dignity of the person.

Member opportunities to participate at the EU: Apply for a WYA internship at the Europe regional office.

European Commission (EC): WYA actively monitors the work of the EC, which is the executive body of the European Union that represents the common European interest. The Commission proposes legislative acts for the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to adopt. WYA aims to ensure that the dignity of the person is protected throughout this lawmaking process.

European Parliament (EP): The EP is one of the European Union’s main lawmaking institutions. It is tasked with debating and passing European laws and the EU budget. WYA works with Members of the European Parliament to advocate for laws and financial actions that respect the dignity of the person.

Council of Europe: The Council of Europe is an international organization comprised of 47 European countries. Based in Strasbourg, the mandate of the Council is the promotion of democracy and the protection of human rights in Europe. WYA follows the work of the statutory institutions of the Council such as the Parliamentary Assembly, in addition to monitoring the judicial arm—the European Court of Human Rights.

Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe: The OSCE is the world’s largest regional security organization comprised of 56 states from Europe, Central Asia and North America. Decisions of the OSCE are taken by consensus on a political basis. The focus of its work is early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. WYA follows the OSCE’s activities in the areas of human rights, national minorities, democratization, the economy and the environment.