Have you heard about the Structured Dialogue?
The structured dialogue is an instrument to ensure that youth policy meets the needs and expectations of young people across the EU by bringing together young people, youth organizations and policy-makers to jointly discuss and feed into youth policy at national and European level.
As such, the structured dialogue is a continuous process aiming to secure a political outcome through joint policy making of young people and policy-makers. According to the Council Resolution on a new framework for European cooperation in the youth field of November 2009, ‘’the structured dialogue with young people and youth organizations serves as a forum for continuous joint reflection on the priorities, implementation and follow-up of European cooperation in the youth field’’.
The structured dialogue involves consultations with young people and youth organizations at all levels in the EU Member States and at EU level during the EU Youth Conferences organized by each EU Presidency country and during the European Youth Weeks hosted by the European Commission.
The structured dialogue is implemented in cycles of 18 months, each corresponding to a Team Presidency and having a common overall thematic priority. Each work cycle is divided into three 6-month rounds of consultations and is implemented according to an Implementation Plan agreed upon by the respective Team Presidency, the Commission and the Forum.
After the initial cycle on the overall theme of youth employment (Jan 2010 – June 2011) and the second cycle on youth participation (July 2011 – Dec 2012), the Team Presidency Ireland-Lithuania-Greece is implementing the third cycle of structured dialogue between January 2013 and June 2014. The overall thematic priority of the third cycle is social inclusion of all young people. Now it is the time for Lithuania Consultations!
Through the structured dialogue, we young people, representatives of youth organizations together with our members and volunteers can voice up recommendations directly to decision-makers and participate in the development of youth policies that affect us. Therefore, by taking part in the structured dialogue, we not only feed into the policies at national and European level, but also uphold our right to participate in policy/decision-making in general. As such, we, as youth, are recognized as a valuable asset to the society.
We encourage each one of you to take a little time to fill the questionnaire before 25th of July and disseminate it within your organizations. Once we collect your answers, we will conclude them and they will help during the third phase under the Greek Presidency to write recommendations on social inclusion, by addressing the role of youth entrepreneurship in promoting social inclusion of young people. The recommendation has to be taken into account in each country by the national government. Together we can bring the change!
The questionnaire you can find online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZN2JKQH