In late 2021, a new EU-funded project by the European Youth Forum has partnered with the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO), a youth umbrella of the European Muslim Brotherhood. According to a description on the “The 25 Percent,” campaign website, the project is aimed at fostering democratic participation among young people:
Despite making up the 25% of the European population, young people face many barriers to having a say on our future. Whether it’s a lack of opportunities and representation or knowledge for effective advocacy, we are left without ways to share our voice and make the changes we want to see in our world. We want to change that. Since June 2021, we have talked to young people about their vision for the future of Europe and gathered their views and ideas. The Conference on the Future of Europe provides the perfect opportunity to feed these ideas into an institutional process which will result in real change.
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“The 25 Percent” seeks to gather more than 100 young people from all over Europe for a 24 February 2022 online event titled “Conference on the Future of Europe,” where participants can present their ideas and recommendations to members of a virtual plenary session. The event is set to feature several European parliamentarians, including MEPs from France, Austria, Romania, Poland, and Finland. The “25 Percent” project website provides users with general information about the European political system and lists eleven other project partners, most of them Youth Councils from European Countries. The website also offers various campaigning materials, including a comprehensive “handbook to activism,” and says the project is co-financed by the European Union as part of the European Parliament’s Grant Program for Communications.
Founded in 1996, the European Youth Forum serves as a platform and advocacy group of 105 national youth councils and international non-governmental youth organizations throughout Europe. It works chiefly on European youth policy matters and youth rights.
FEMYSO is the youth/student arm of the Council of European Muslims, known to represent the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. One of the important leaders of FEMYSO over the years has been German Muslim Brotherhood leader Ibrahim El-Zayat. In recent times, its leadership has been drawn from the family of important Global Muslim Brotherhood leaders. Almost all FEMYSO member organizations are also tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Over the years, FEMYSO has developed relationships with the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and many other significant organizations at the European and international levels. In November 2021, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that FEMYSO participated in a virtual conference with the European Commission Executive Vice-President to discuss the European Green Deal proposals.