Invitation to the European Conference – Think European – act local: Youth 2015 – recommendations for Europe, 18 November, Brussels
The Conference on the EU Youth Strategy “Think European – act local: Youth 2015 – recommendations for Europe” will be held on 18 November 2015 in Brussels (10.30 am to 5.00 pm, Committee of Regions)
The second conference on the EU Youth Strategy and the role of the states and regions will address the core findings of the third EU Youth Report on the realities faced by young Europeans. Further, it will focus on resulting challenges and the need for political action on the regional level, notably in particular in the fields of social integration, employment, participation, culture and creativity, health and wellbeing, volunteering, education and training, as well as international cooperation.
The Youth Report will function as the central reference for the European Commission and for the Council of the EU, when assessing the progress of the EU Youth Strategy, impelling the relevant actions for improving the situation for young people and defining key areas in youth policy for the next working phase until 2018. Due to the rising number of refugees in Europe, challenges arose that were unpredictable while writing the Youth Report. Those challenges however will (contribute to) shape the youth policy of the member states, their regions and in Europe as a whole. The regions carry primary responsibility for implementing national policies and are supporters and contributors to the political process; therefore, they play a substantial role in shaping youth policy at the European level. As the representative body of the regional and local level, the Committee of the Regions should be a strong advocate for youth policy concerns. Its support is instrumental in continuing to develop the EU Youth Strategy.
The conference seeks to:
- raise awareness of the Committee of Regions´ political role,
- explain regional and local dimensions, as well as the contribution of regions in the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy, referring to practical examples,
- enhance the exchange about current challenges in regional youth policy, especially in the fields of participation, employment and social integration and support as well as possibilities of cross-sectoral youth policy,
- spread the word about successful examples of European cooperation between regions in the field of youth politics.
Main target group:
- members of the CoR Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research and Culture (SEDEC);
- representatives from regions and municipalities in Europe with responsibility for youth policy;
- youth policy officers of national, regional and local representations to the EU;
policy officers of the European Parliament and the European Commission working in the youth policy field;
- representatives of civil society and youth organizations;
- young people.
- Youth policy