EYE2016 Report – Call for the EYE Report Editorial Team

The EYE Report. 100 Ideas for tomorrow’s Europe.

Important notice: We do not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of the EYE and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact eye-report@ep.europa.eu.

Posts 5 Specialists
3 Generalists
1 Reporter
Type of post Unremunerated (travel expenses for missions to Brussels and Strasbourg will be reimbursed)
Location Home office with one preparatory mission to Brussels (in on a workday between 18 and 29 April) and one mission to Strasbourg (19-22/05/2016)
Contract duration Approximately 45 working hours starting on 15 April and ending on 15 June 2016 (excluding time for travel)
Deadline for applications 15 February 2016 at 12:00 CET

Candidates must apply using the online application form. Successful candidates who will be part of the EYE report editorial team will receive notification by email no later than 31 March 2016.


The second edition of the European Youth Event, the EYE2016, will take place in the European Parliament’s official seat in Strasbourg from 20 to 21 May 2016 and gather about 7.000 youths aged 16-30 years from all over the EU. They will be invited to meet with European decision-makers and speakers, exchange ideas and perspectives on youth-related issues and develop innovative solutions. At the same time the event will provide an opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity within the European Union through the staging of various artistic performances.

The EYE2016 will include a large variety of activities run under the motto “Together we can make a change” in a political, social and cultural sense. Activities will focus on five main themes:

  • War and Peace: Perspectives for a Peaceful Planet
  • Apathy or Participation: Agenda for a Vibrant Democracy
  • Exclusion or Access: Crackdown on Youth Unemployment
  • Stagnation or Innovation: Tomorrow’s World of Work
  • Collapse or Success: New Ways for a Sustainable Europe

For more information about the event, please check the EYE website.

As follow-up, a report with the ideas discussed during the event will be made available to all Members of the European Parliament and presented by young people to a number of parliamentary committees.

What is the aim of the EYE report?

  1. The EYE report should give Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and other institutional decision-makers a general idea of what the EYE is. It will also serve as promotional product to convey the unique spirit of the EYE, which encourages and supports youth participation in EU political life.
  2. The EYE report ties the event to the follow-up EYE hearings in the relevant parliamentary committees dealing with the five main themes later in the year. The idea is to communicate to MEPs (and other EU decision-makers) the concrete ideas put forward during the event by young people. The content has to be relevant to committee members as a source of preparation and inspiration for the EYE hearings that will follow.

Who is the target audience of the EYE report?

  1. MEPs and other European decision-makers are the prime readership for potential follow-up of ideas in politics on a European level.
  2. EYE partners (City of Strasbourg, Commission, Council of Europe, etc.) receive the report as part of the event outcome.
  3. EYE participants will see their very own ideas and can live through the event again.
  4. General public and potential future partners will better understand what the EYE is about.

The nature of the EYE report

The EYE report collects the political ideas that are developed during the event. It should

  • Be an attractive, reader-friendly and EU jargon-free product with a creative presentation of ideas using storytelling, pictures, infographics, extracts from social media, etc.,
  • Be easy to promote and distribute,
  • Capture the spirit of the event and portray a content-based, youth-led event, which is different from traditional EU youth conferences,
  • Be a cost-efficient product,
  • Be sustainable.

The making-of the EYE report

The ten selected members of the EYE report editorial team, led by the two chief editors, will

  1. Develop the concept of the EYE report,
  2. Come up with an implementation plan,
  3. Produce the content of the report.

An editorial committee consisting of the two selected chief editors, one representative of the European Youth Press, one representative of the European Youth Forum and two representatives of the European Parliament will

  • decide on the proposed concept and implementation plan of the report,
  • steer the implementation of the report,
  • present the final draft to the EP hierarchy.

The format and structure of the EYE report

  • It will be 40 to 60 pages long comprising the young EYE participants’ ideas which were developed and presented before and during the event. Its final length will depend on the content gathered during the event.
  • It will be a ‘magazine type’ report giving each theme its separate section, which will allow readers to flick through.
  • The report will be framed by two forewords from the EP’s leadership, a table of contents, an introduction, conclusions (including two testimonials, invitation to MEPs to react etc.) and the credits.
  • Each section (theme) should be self-contained with the following elements:
    • A list of the 20 most innovative and well developed ideas,
    • A main text drawing a picture of the activities on each theme and presenting the ideas,
    • Additional elements: Some facts and figures MEPs could find interesting (Did you know?), brief interviews (pros & cons, elaborating more ideas), a personal story, quotes, tweets, infographics, pictures, etc.,
    • Each thematic section will be followed by a two-page commentary, which will be written by the European Youth Forum.

We are looking for

  • 5 Specialists each reporting on one of the five main themes with expertise on the topic and experience in writing for a broader public.
  • 3 Generalists reporting on cross-cutting aspects of the EYE with journalistic experience.
  • 1 Reporter with experience in digital journalism; he/she will scout for  images, comments and more ideas on the EYE social media fora and produce content ready for publishing.

The report will be drawn up in English, which is the working language of the editorial team; therefore, all team members must have outstanding English language skills.

The selected team members need to be available before the event to participate in a preparatory meeting with the EYE report editorial team in Brussels, which would take place between 18 and 29 April 2016.

Professional selection criteria

The successful candidate should

  • Be able to identify and develop the key messages of the EYE2016,
  • Be able to create coherent content, which is tailored to the report’s audience,
  • Have excellent English writing skills; knowledge of French and/or German is an asset,
  • Have relevant educational background and professional journalistic experience.

Personal selection criteria

The successful candidate should

  • Have very good communication skills,
  • Have a flexible, innovative and quick mind,
  • Be a motivated team-worker,
  • Be committed to the project with a sense of duty and responsibility,
  • Have passion for EU Affairs and Youth.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be

  • EU nationals,
  • 18-30 years old.

How to apply

Applicants have to

  • Fill in an online application form.
  • Send a video of up to 100 seconds where they give an account (in English) of their personal motivation to work on this project. You can be as creative and innovative as you like. The video’s purpose is to give us an idea of your personality; therefore, we would like to see and hear you in person. The video has to be uploaded on Vimeo or YouTube.
  • Respect the deadline for applications (15 February 2016 at 12:00 CET).