European Young Leaders


What do a microbiologist, an entrepreneur, a journalist and a Member of Parliament have in common?

They are all European Young Leaders who are engaged in making Europe a global champion for a better world.

The European Young Leaders (EYL40) programme, organised by Friends of Europe, is a unique, inventive and multi-stakeholder programme that aims to promote a European identity by engaging the continent’s most promising talents in initiatives that will shape Europe’s future.

The programme is supported by renowned and solid foundations such as the Fondazione Cariplo and the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

The European Young Leaders represent promising European leadership from all over the continent, with a wide variety of backgrounds including politics, business, civil society, academia, arts, science and the media.

Every year, they meet for two three-day seminars in symbolic European cities, joined by decision-makers, stakeholders and key European actors to discuss issues of common concern and develop concrete proposals and recommendations to tackle the challenges facing Europe and its citizens.

The European Young Leaders now represent a network of more than 180 alumni.

The programme was initially conceived with EuropaNova, a Paris-based think-tank.

Meet the European Young Leaders
Colum Eastwood
Leader of Northern Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)
Davor Tremac
General Manager for Southeast Europe at Uber
Edoardo Camilli
Co-Founder & CEO of Hozint
Eduardo Portal Martin
Conductor and Founder of Antares Ensemble
Eleni Antoniadou
Co-Founder of Transplants without Donors
Eneko Atxa
Chef at three-Michelin-starred restaurant Azurmendi
Eva Maydell
Member of the European Parliament
Ewa Szmidt-Belcarz
President of the Management Board of Empik
Fatima Moreira de Melo
Olympic gold medal-winning Hockey Player
Inés Arrimadas García
Leader of the Opposition in the Catalan parliament
Future Europe
Selection process