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Seminar "How does the voluntary engagement of young people enhance their active citizenship and solidarity ?"

5-7 July 2004. European Youth Centre, Budapest

Seminar report

"Charting the landscape of European youth voluntary activities" by Howard Williamson and Bryony Hoskins with Philipp Boetzelen (Ed.) Strasbourg: Council of Europe, 2005 ; ISBN 92-871-5826-6.

Booklet of papers presented during the seminar

Monday, 5 July 2004



Panel 1 –Exploring the links between volunteering and citizenship chaired by Roisin McCabe (Youth Forum)

Tuesday, 6 July  2004


Panel 2 – Better understanding and knowledge of voluntary activities chaired by Bryony Hoskins (Youth Research Officer, Directorate for Youth and Sports, Council of Europe)

Panel 3 – Facilitating voluntary activities - exploring the obstacles to young people's participation in voluntary activities (mobility/visa issues, gender stereotypes or young/single families, economic conditions, etc...) chaired by Helen Colley - (Leeds University)


Panel 4 – Recognising voluntary activities chaired by Linds Pexton (SCI )

Panel 5 – Development and promotion of voluntary activities chaired by Anthony Azzopardi (University of Malta)

Wednesday, 7 July 2004


Working groups on recommendations of seminar participants

  • Working group 1: Citizenship
  • Working group 2: Obstacles
  • Working group 3: Recognition and promotion


  • Recommendations and Conclusions
  • Presentation of recommendations by working group leaders
  • Closing of the Seminar by Peter Lauritzen Head of Department for Education, Training, Research and Communication, Directorate of Youth and Sport, Council of Europe and Karin Lopatta-Loibl, Youth Unit, European Commission