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Christoph Leitl, selbst in Neumarkt als 18jähriger erstmals mit dem Europagedanken in Berührung gekommen, ist als überzeugter Europäer und...

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Finding a concept for Europe with peers



EYFON | Kastanienfest 2021

On October 8th from 3:00 pm, EYFON invites you to the traditional “Kastanienfest” at the Europaburg castle. You will also meet the representative of the EU Commission in Austria, Professor Dr. Martin Selmayr, for a keynote speech and an exchange of ideas. A tour of the castle completes the program and ends with roasted chestnuts, Styrian wine and local music.

The EYFON team is looking forward to numerous visitors and the exchange of ideas that should inspire us in our work.

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EYFON | VIG YouthDays 2021

For the second time, we will be staging EYFON | VIG YouthDays, with this year’s event taking place in a digital format. Together with our partner, Wiener Städtische Wechselseitiger Versicherungsverein, the children of employees who are currently employed by one of the insurance companies of VIG or by VIG Holding will have the chance, to share their ideas and thoughts about “My future perspective with Corona” in various zoom-meetings. A jury will choose the three best entries who will win a tablet or smartphone.

1st prize: Apple IPhone 12
2nd prize: Apple IPad
3rd prize: Apple IPhone SE

Closing date for entries: 31 August 2021

Infos and terms of participation

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Europe is characterized by shared cultural and artistic achievements, especially in the fields of music, poetry and visual arts. These areas were barely visible in the last few months and could not be shown to the general public. Establishing identity through culture is, however, extremely for a Europe that is growing together.

The project “Young artists between innovation and tradition” aims to deal with Europe through a joint performance in and at the “ARC de l’Europe” set up in Neumarkt in Styria on the occasion of the celebration of the “Europe Prize” awarded to the community of Neumarkt by the Council of Europe which will take place on September 11th and 12th, 2021.

Projects can be submitted in the following categories:

  • Music, compositions, singing
  • Poetry, prose
  • Theatre, dance, flash mobs, sound installation

A jury will select around 10 projects, which will be further developed in a workshop week from 6th to 10th September 2021 at the Europaburg castle in Neumarkt with the support of suitable teachers in order to effectively present the projects to the public.

The jury will be composed according to the categories of the submitted projects and will involve representatives from the following institutions:

  • Land Steiermark (Province of Styria)
  • University of Music and Performing Art, Graz
  • Music School, Murau (Styria)
  • Theaterholding Steiermark
  • Community of Neumarkt

Conditions of participation and submission details

  • Brief written description of the project with a description of the relevance for “Europe” and the Arc de l’Europe (see description)
  • Rough calculation of the costs
  • Personal details (name, address, nationality, date of birth, contact details)
  • Submissions in German or English
  • Duration of the contributions no longer than 10 minutes
  • Participation in the workshop (6th to 10th September 2021) and in the performance (11th and 12th September 2021)
  • Participants should not be over the age of 35
  • Teams of up to 3 people are allowed
  • The participants agree that the submitted project data will be published after the submission deadline as part of the EYFON – PR
  • The participant guarantees that all submitted content does not violate applicable law, in particular does not violate competition law or copyrights, and is free from the rights of third parties
  • Each participant expressly agrees to the collection, processing, storage on data carriers and the use of his personal data by the organizer for the purpose of carrying out and following up the project
  • The organizer bears the costs for the stay from 6th to 12th September 2021 and the workshops, for a reimbursement of your travel costs please contact us.
  • Submission deadline 15th July 2021

Selection criteria

  • Relevance to the general topic
  • Implementation in the context of the Arc de l´Europe
  • Originality and artistic quality

The participants will be informed of the jury’s decision at the end of July 2021. The judges’ decision is final. The organizers reserve the right to change, cancel or revoke the implementation in any phase. In the event of a change or a complete cancellation of the project implementation, the participants waive the right to claim reimbursement of expenses or other compensation claims of whatever kind.

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Submissions are requested to:

European Youth Forum Neumarkt – Europaburg Neumarkt
Schloßleiten 6
8820 Neumarkt

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An extraordinary year is coming to an end. Our annual report, fresh off the press, is an overview of our activities in 2021 and shows the highlights of our few, but all the more valuable events in this year’s unfortunately very limited event calendar. But it also offers a foretaste of the coming season, which we are looking forward to with optimism and which will bring many new ideas and formats.

The entire EYFON team would like to take this opportunity to thank its partners and supporters who made this project possible with their valuable contributions!

EYFON Jahresbericht 2020

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EYFON survey: 4 questions about the future of Europe

The European Youth Forum Neumarkt (EYFON) is a meeting and dialogue center with an educational mission for young Europeans. EYFON organizes and hosts forums at the Europaburg Castle in Neumarkt. In addition to the importance of Europe as a community of values ​​and the importance of deepening integration, young people should also be given the opportunity to find a model for Europe through encounter and dialogue with other people of the same age, to identify with it as well as to actively propagate it.

On the occasion of this year’s “Conference on the Future of Europe”, which was initiated by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in 2019, EYFON wants to give young people a voice.

Take a moment to answer 4 questions about the future of Europe.                                            

The results will be announced in autumn 2020.

Survey Link

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Wishes to Europe

Due to Corona, the European Forum unfortunately could not take place in the usual form this year, but that didn’t stop the European Federalist Movement Styria (EFB), the Young European Federalists (JEF) and EYFON from forming a joint initiative and addressing “Wishes to Europe”. In full compliance with the legal requirements, some members of EFB Steiermark, JEF Steiermark, JEF Carinthia and EFB Austria gathered at the Europaburg Castle in Neumarkt and shared their experiences during the lock-down, discussed digital challenges or national solo efforts in Corona times and made plans for the future.

The highlight was the “Europe balloon campaign”: In advance members and friends of the EFB and JEF were invited to post their wishes for the Europe Forum 2020, for the EFB and for Europe on the new EFB website. Those present at the Europaburg Castle finally let 100 wishes for Europe rise into the air using biodegradable balloons.


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2020: eEuropawoche and EYFON for Austria

In times of crisis, Europe is best experienced through dialogue.

EYFON is actively continuing its program for young Europeans – now increasingly digital due to current events. The “eEuropaWoche” from May 4th to 9th is a bundle of digital and participatory offers, activities and workshops of Styrian institutions to learn more about Europe. On Europe Day on May 9th, new paths will be explored and the crisis will be used as an opportunity to develop new ideas for a united Europe based on solidarity.



EYFON is designing its own format with interviews and trailers: “EYFON for Austria!” It will be officially presented as part of the eEuropawoche. This new format is the reaction of the EYFON team under President Christoph Leitl to the imposed travel restrictions that still are in force. In order to continuously strengthen awareness around Europe, especially among young people in joint seminars, the Europaburg Castle Forchtenstein in Neumarkt will be open to young Austrians starting again July 2020.

European participation will be guaranteed on a digital level – through live connections to Brussels, video chats and conferences with European experts, media representatives and young people.

“Dealing with the coronavirus requires a new innovative spirit – from all companies and also from organizations such as EYFON. Hence we are showing a Styrian-European way out of the crisis”, says managing director Christian Buchmann.

More information will follow in the next newsletters.

Registration and further information about the eEuropawoche under:

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EYFON – Newsletter & Actual Information – March 2020


The EYFON Newsletter Vol. 1 is ready and will be sent to the participants of our previous events, as well as partners, supporters and sponsors. Every two to three months, the EYFON team will provide information about current developments as well as our upcoming events and projects and also provide space for guest contributions, surveys and reports on European issues. The first issue of our newsletter is dedicated to the future of Europe and we ask all EYFONISTAS to take part in our survey “4 questions about Europe”.

The current situation also has an impact on EYFON and the events that were planned for this season. Only the coming days and weeks will show how drastically the necessary measures taken by the federal government and parliament will influence our event year. News and actual information about our events will be published on the EYFON homepage as soon as possible and the EYFON team can still be reached by phone and email.


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Europaburg Castle Renovation

In February, after intensive preparation, the planned Europaburg Castle renovation could start. The first step will be the realization of Viennese architect Dipl. Ing. Peter Mensdorff-Pouilly’s plans for the redesign and modernization of the tower wing, with the support of local professionals. Existing sanitary rooms are to be renewed, additional wet rooms are to be integrated into the multi-bed rooms and a new lounge area is to be created for this wing. The first construction phases have already been successfully completed.

At the moment, construction work is on hold for an indefinite period due to the Corona crisis and the associated measures that were taken by the Austrian federal government to contain the virus. As soon as the situation allows, work will be continued.

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