The Finnish Centre Youth (FCY) is a political youth organization. It is the youth league of the Finnish Centre Party. The age limit is 15 - 30 years. FCY was founded in 1945. FCY has about 11 000 members all around Finland. FCY has 18 districts and about 400 local organizations.
The highest decision making body of the organization is the Congress which meets every year. Every other year, it elects the President, two Vice Presidents and half of the board. The other half of the board is elected every other year. The board leads the day to day work in FCY. FCY has also several committees as expert bodies.
FCY publishes a magazine called Nuori Keskusta. It comes out four times a year.
Principles and aims FCY is striving for is a centre-liberal society. We want to set free the creative forces of man to be used in self initiative and new entrepreneurship. The new society will guarantee the intellectual freedom. In this way we will remove some difficult problems in the society and prevent new social evils from arising.
The centre-liberal society is based on liberty, equality and fraternity. The centre liberals strive for a socially just and ecologically sustainable citizen society. Extending the green environmental point of view to cover all the areas in the society is one of the most important questions in FCY.
On a international level FCY is part of international liberal movement. FCY is a full member of the International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY), European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) and Nordic Centre Party Youth as well as many national internationally-minded organizations.
European Parliament election 2014
WHAT DOES THE FINNISH CENTRE YOUTH THINK ABOUT THE EU?
1. Finland belongs to Europe where the countries can’t survive without co-operation. We stand for transparency and co-operation between European countries, but not for a federation.
2. The decision making process in the European Union must be more open, clearer and appropriate. We want the significant decisions to be made according to the parliament. We think that the council should consist of governments of the member countries. Otherwise the decision making should be restored back to the member countries.
3. Finland is an active and influential country in the EU. We emphasize the view of a northern and sparsely populated country. EU’s common regional policy with its regional development funds has resulted in plenty of good things for Finland. Allocation and targeting of regional development funds must be decided on local level in the future as well, not on national level.
4. People’s Europe consists of its citizens, of Finns as well as Greeks. Our values unite us: respecting human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality and rule of law. With these values we can build peace and well-being of the nations.
5. EU is a forerunner when it comes to climate, energy and natural resource policies. We are building a common world by setting an example. EU takes sustainable development into consideration in its decision making. Our goal is a carbon-free and green Europe.
6. Euro has been beneficial to Finland, but it should not be the only option. The trust on Euro, EU and the future of Europe has to be returned. The member countries should take care of their own economy while the joint supervision and economy policy strengthens the trust. The free trade agreements should be built only for dismantling the real trade obstacles.
7. European food or product is always a better option than something brought from the other side of the world. Prefer European products. The origin and food additive tags have to be shown commonly in the products inside the EU. Finnish food production has an important role in Europe’s future. Food that is produced with quality and cleanliness is an absolute value and the security of food is a part of security of supply.
8. EU is a precautionary and stabilizing power in solving crises. EU should not have a role when it comes to defence policy but its foreign policy strives for slackening crises. It is possible to carry out common border control and to prepare ourselves with sufficient ways in case of a crisis. What happens at the borders of Europe, affects every European citizen.
9. EU must be active at ending youth unemployment everywhere in our continent. Youth unemployment does not go away by itself. We have to dismantle the barriers of entrepreneurship and introduce policies that encourage for economic development.
10. The free movement of young people, participation in a student exchange program or internship in the EU must be secured. The new Erasmus programme must be developed further.