Priorities of Lithuanian EU Presidency in the Youth field
The second semester of 2013 is great challenge and chance for Lithuania as it holds EU presidency. After joining EU back in 2004 the country is about to be tested its abilities to facilitate EU policy and decision-making.
EU youth conference
The youth is high on the presidency agenda and at least two high level event related to youth field will be held in Lithuania. As every half a year, EU youth conference (#EUYouthConf) will be held in capital Vilnius September 9-12, 2013 with the main focus on social inclusion of young people who are not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs). Following work started by Ireland, during our presidency in youth work group we plan to prepare council conclusions on improvement of social inclusion of young NEETs.
Based on Eurofound’s research, there are over 14 millions young people aged 15-29, who are not in education, employment or training in all member states of European Union in 2011. Economic loss due to the disengagement of young people from the labour market was 153 billions euros. This is a conservative estimate and corresponds to 1,2% of European GDP. Percentage rate of youth who are not in education, employment or training is over 15% in most of EU countries (EU27 average is 15,4%), so this topic is important to all of us.
Concerning these facts, Lithuanian Presidency is preparing Council conclusions on promotion of social inclusion of youth who are not in education, employment or training. We aim to pull together common effort to find best forms and measures to perform possibilities for young people who are not in education, employment or training to participate in public life, re-engage with education or (and) labour market. During the second semester of 2013 we will put great attention to the questions below:
1) enhancing the social inclusion of young people, with particular emphasis on young people not in employment, education and training (NEETs);
2) promoting cross-sectoral cooperation as the underlying principle of integral youth policy;
3) exchanging good practices on social inclusion of young people;
4) promoting cooperation in the youth policy field between young people from European Union and Eastern Europe and Caucasus countries.
The Eastern Partnership Youth Forum
The second event is related to cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries and cooperation in the youth field. The Eastern Partnership Youth Forum will be held in Kaunas October 22-25, 2013 and aims to increase sustainable political/civic commitment to further support non-formal learning/the youth work recognition process through cooperation in the youth field. Main objective of the event - reaching better social inclusion and improvement of lives of young people by increasing the quality and recognition of non-formal learning/education and youth work and make outcomes visible and transferable to other sectors. More information and chance to apply: http://www.youthforum2013.eu
YEU and EU youth policy development
It is great pleasure to note, that quite a few people with YEU background are involved in EU youth policy development – last several years several YEU trainers were moderating EU youth conferences and other high level stakeholder meetings. Lithuanian EU presidency will be not an exceptions as both international and Lithuanian YEU members and alumni’s will be involved in presidency events.
Written by Marius Ulozas