Youth policy co-operation
In 2005 the EU-CoE youth partnership, together with several national and regional partners, initiated a process of youth policy cooperation in the broader Euro-Mediterranean region, with a view to fostering greater cooperation between youth policy stakeholders.
The process of youth policy co-operation has inter alia significantly contributed to the recognition that co-operation among institutions responsible for youth policy (public and private) is essential to intercultural dialogue and to the Euro-Med projects in which young people take part.
Youth policy activities have also, undoubtedly, resulted in an expansion of partnerships and co-operation with a variety of institutions concerned by the empowerment of young people in the MENA region, including the League of Arab States, UNFPA, the World Bank and British Council. In this respect, too, the EU-CoE youth partnership is playing a leading and innovative role.
In reaction to the political changes in their Southern neighbouring countries, both, the European Union and the Council of Europe are strengthening their efforts to support these developments towards democracy. Young people in Egypt, Tunisia and other parts of the South-Mediterranean hold the key to the sustainable and peaceful development of their societies based on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Understanding and taking into account their expectations and needs is crucial for all the institutional stakeholders, such as the League of Arab States, national youth policy authorities and youth organisations. The experience of young people from the Diasporas in Europe and their role in and perception of recent developments can also positively contribute to this process.
Symposium 'Arab spring: Youth participation for the promotion of peace, human rights and fundamental freedoms', August 2012, Tunisia
International round table: 'Youth policy and research development in the Euro-Mediterranean co-operation framework', May 2006, Egypt
Seminar 'The role of research in youth policy and youth work development in the broader Euro-Mediterranean context', November 2006, Egypt
Seminar 'The role of youth participation and civil society in youth policy and youth work development in the broader Euro-Mediterranean context', October 2007, Hungary
Second international round table 'Youth Policy Co-operation in the Broader Euro-Mediterranean Context', April 2009, Hungary
Seminar 'Euro-Arab youth policy co-operation in the broader Euro-Mediterranean context', June 2010, Egypt
Seminar 'Empowerment of youth organisations and youth-led civil society initiatives in the South-Mediterranean framework', March 2012, Malta
- Mapping of activities related to youth and Arab Spring
- Survey on the evaluation and follow-up of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Policy Cooperation activities by Ayman Abdul Majeed and Dua'a Qurie (consultants)