The First Meeting
The first meeting between Muslim youth organisations across Europe took place in Sweden in 1995, when the Foreign Ministry of Sweden in co-operation with the Swedish Muslim Youth organisation SUM (Sveriges Unga Muslimer), organised an international conference titled ‘Islam in Europe’. The participants at this conference felt the need to establish better communication between the organisations and undertake steps towards greater co-operation and co-ordination. JMF (Jeunes Musulmans de France), YMUK (Young Muslims UK) and SUM (Sveriges Unga Muslimer) were given the responsibility to further develop this idea. In June 1996 a meeting was held in Leicester (UK) with the support of FIOE (The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe) and the Islamic Foundation (UK). Thirty-five participants attended this meeting representing nineteen youth and student organisations from eleven countries across Europe. This meeting created strong bonds between those present and resulted in the official launch of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO).
After an intensive consultation process to develop the statutes and all other necessary documents, FEMYSO was registered as an international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) in Brussels, the capital of Belgium in the heart of Europe. Since then, FEMYSO has had an office in Brussels close to the headquarters of the European Commission and the European Parliament.
FEMYSO has become the de facto voice of Muslim Youth in Europe and is regularly consulted on issues pertaining to Muslim Youth. It has developed useful links with the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations and a host of other significant organisations at the European and international level.