On 2 and 3 July 2012 EMUs’ executive board was invited by the Association UEMYD (Union de Escuelas de Musica y Danza) and the EHME (Association of Music Schools of Euskal Herria) to Donostia-San Sebastian. Main topic of the visit was to analyse the possibilities to organise a European Youth Music Festival in the European Capital of Culture Donostia-San Sebastian in 2016.

A joint meeting was organized between the boards of the EMU, UEMYD, EHME and the Office of the European Capital of Culture 2016.

After that ‘The Hondarribia Declaration Arts Education for a Society of Sustained Development in the 21st Century’ was signed in the Parador de Hondarribia. The Declaration has been based on UNESCO’s Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education and the EMC Bonn Declaration.