Young Atlantic Treaty Association Romania

Romania puts a high interest on educating and promoting cooperation among youth in NATO Allied and Partner countries, striving to draw together young leaders of today and tomorrow to bridge the gap between the policy level and the social level.

The focus of Euro-Atlantic Council of Romania is to foster the values of democracy, rule of law, liberty, peace and security along the younger generations, aiming to inspire the common interest and democratic goals in the security environment of the 21st century, in an effort to create responsible future leaders who have an understanding of and are committed to the values in the North Atlantic Treaty.


YATA Romania Approaches

Young Ambassadors is a program by which Euro-Atlantic Council Romania selects youth to endorse the YATA values, principles and events to their peers. The Young Ambassadors are representative in both the academics and civil society, keeping constant contact with their communities and promoting the YATA messages to their target audience. Their ultimate role is to attract other high potential young professionals to join YATA and become the Euro-Atlantic leaders of tomorrow.


Joint Events – organizing joint events and workshops in partnership with main student organizations in the field of security and international diplomacy. YATA Romania plans to approach main national university campuses and create quarterly events for strengthening the youth visibility and influence through the facilitation of network building between policy makers and civil society.


Young Professionals is a YATA Romania program to recruit young professionals with interest in transatlantic values, with the purpose to exchange knowledge and start networking activities with senior leaders in the field. The program engages the development of youth to be active participants as well as responsible decision and opinion makers in the constantly changing security environment.


YATA Romania Summer School will join together all young professionals in a setup planned to enhance the debate and education within the leading young network, reinforcing the transatlantic link of the future generations. The first YATA Romania Summer School is planned to be launched on May 2018, depending on resources and performance indicators.


Guiding Principles

  • Volunteerism provides the foundation for YATA and is therefore a precondition for the success of the organization. Our national chapters consist of students, young researchers and professionals who all contribute their free time to improving our global community by drawing attentions to important issues, being constructively critical of decision-makers, promoting dialog and thereby impacting agendas. Strong academic and social networks made up of dedicated individuals are created on all levels while working toward a common cause.
  • Open dialog is an important part of how and why we involve young people, namely in the belief that if two individuals have engaged in civil dialog, hostility between them is less likely. We make questions of global security more relevant to younger generations. We provide a forum for factual well-informed discussion by educating and facilitating debates that develop ideas which we can help to communicate through various channels.
  • Development and leadership are central to ensuring that our volunteers are constantly developing skills and being challenged. With the help of good leadership and personal development structures we work to recognize and motivate our volunteers. The organizational skills and political knowledge developed in YATA, as well as the ability to communicate with, manage, and motivate individuals from a wide array of countries and cultures, are competencies that prepare our volunteers for the future as leaders and catalysts of change.

History of the Young Atlantic Treaty Association

The Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) is a network of young professionals and academics who are interested in international security policies. YATA consists of 36 member organizations or so-called national chapters, all of which are the youth wings of established NGO’s in their respective countries. These NGO’s act as the national chapters of YATA’s parent organization, the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA). YATA’s vision is to be the leading youth network to foster the values of democracy, rule of law, liberty, peace and security, and reinforce the transatlantic link.

YATA was formed in 1996 during the Atlantic Treaty Association’s General Assembly held in Rome. Its formation was the natural progression of meetings, conferences and seminars organized by youth groups that exist in nearly all ATA member organizations. The Danish Atlantic Treaty Association was one of the pioneers in this respect, organizing since 1985 an annual conference by the name of Danish Atlantic Youth Seminar (DAYS), that has attracted many young people interested in Atlantic security and international relations.

In order to reunite youth from the transatlantic community who were interested in major international issues, the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association organized its first seminar, entitled “The Future of NATO” on September 15th 2003, in Brussels. This significant event dealt with NATO and the role of youth, transatlantic relations in the post 9/11 world, the NATO-EU relationship, NATO’s new capabilities after Prague, and the evolving role of PfP and the Mediterranean Dialogue.  One of the most important moments of the seminar involved discussing the Memorandum on the Future of NATO, which was then presented to NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson. Other speakers in the event included Dr. Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for External Relations, Public Diplomacy Division (PDD); Dr. Stefanie Babst, Head, NATO Countries Section (PDD); and Mr. Mark Laity, Deputy NATO Spokesman (PDD).

On November 4-5, 2003, the General Assembly of the YATA was held simultaneously with the 49th ATA General Assembly in Edinburgh. Throughout the YATA sessions, the members of the Executive Board and the participating delegations presented and discussed the year’s activities, and a new YATA Executive Board was elected. The YATA Executive Board  and national YATA delegates now meet each year at the ATA General Assembly to elect a new Executive Board and develop ideas as well as education and communication strategies for the following year. The last simultaneous General Assembly (ATA and YATA) took place in Brussels, Belgium, November 2015.