YEU Launched the Third Phase of the Structured Dialogue on Youth and Social Inclusion
YEU launched the third phase of the third cycle of the structured dialogue with young people and would like to invite you to take part in it by organizing consultations within your organisation together with your network of volunteers and your partners!
The Structured Dialogue is a process for discussions between young people and policy makers about different themes to make sure the opinions of young people are taken into account in defining the EU’s youth policies. More information about Structured Dialogue you can find here. The third cycle of Structured Dialogue is currently in progress with the trio of EU Presidency Countries of Ireland, Lithuania and Greece. The overall theme for this cycle is “Social Inclusion”, and each six month consultation will build upon the results of the previous one.
During the first phase of consultation, Ireland focused on what the social inclusion of young people means, the challenges it poses for young people, the groups of young people most at risk of social exclusion and the stages in young people’s lives where they are most vulnerable to social exclusion. Building upon the results of the first phase, in the second phase Lithuania focused on the possible solutions for the social inclusion of young people, with a special emphasis on those who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
YEU’s Contribution to the Structured Dialogue
The Structured Dialogue national consultations take place twice each year and are organised by the National Working Group (NWG) in each EU member state. Besides NWGs, international non-governmental youth organisations (INGYOs) are recognized as an important factor in this process. YEU International brings added contribution and values to these consultations since YEU MOs work at local, national, regional and international level in different regions, also outside the EU, and are not necessarily linked to National Youth Councils (NYC) which are already involved in national consultations by EU member states. As you know, YEU MOs have participated in the second phase of the Dialogue. According to the reports from each country, over 20,000 young people have taken part in the consultations directly, and 16 INGYOs also submitted contributions. You can find here the reports from each NWG and the INGYOs. After this, YEU was selected as one of the 8 INGYO’s to take part in the EU Youth Conference which was held in Lithuania in September 2013. There these reports were analysed and formed the basis of background documents and the Joint Conclusions created at the conference.
YEU and 12 other INGYO’s met in July 2013 in Zaragoza, Spain to learn about each other’s work on social inclusion and Structured Dialogue, as well as to share best practices and experiences. On December 16th, 2013 representatives of several INGYOs met at the office of YEU and EEE-YFU in Brussels. One of the main topics of this meeting was related to the creation of a toolkit for INGYOs involved in Structured Dialogue. The toolkit will be prepared by YEU together with EEE-YFU, YEU, EFIL, AEGEE and OBESSU and will showcase sustainable techniques and methods for consultations carried by INGYOs and will be available to all INGYOs. Other than that, the toolkit will provide you with information on what the Structured Dialogue is, how you can get involved, why you should get involved, how to lead a consultation, as well as various tips on how to make the process the most participatory and effective. These will hopefully ease and improve INGYOs involvement in the process and help ensuring a real dialogue between young people and stakeholders. The meeting was organised by YEU International with the support of a Microgrant for INGYO Projects for Structured Dialogue from the European Youth Forum, for which the INGYOs jointly applied.
YEU with support of NAK Hellasis is organizing a 4 days seminar "Engage to Shape!" in between February 13-18th 2014 at Athens, Greece. Seminar will bring together 30 young people from Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland and Turkey. It aims at engaging its participants into Structured Dialogue with Greek policy makers/ stakeholders and developing a policy paper about youth social entrepreneurship as a means to combat unemployment and social exclusion.
The Third Phase of Structured Dialogue on Youth and Social Inclusion: YEU Consultations
On the basis of the two previous rounds of consultations, Greece is concluding the 18-month cycle with the third phase of structured dialogue by focusing on direct recommendations for policy actions for the social inclusion of all young people. Therefore, this third phase aims to collect many specific suggestions and innovative ideas for enhancing the social inclusion of young people. Greece is emphasizing the youth entrepreneurship, including the area of culture, as a way to achieve young people’s autonomy and contribute to their social inclusion.
Based on the recommendations from the working group on Structured Dialogue created during the last YEU General Assembly, YEU plans to organize events for empowering our members involved or interested in youth policy development on local, national and/ or international level and therefore we would like to ask you to appoint a person on behalf of YEO MO who will be responsible for Structured Dialogue and other youth policy development processes in the future. These persons will have priority in the selection process when applying for events relates to these themes.
In order to participate in the third phase, please take a little time to fill this questionnaire. Before filling the questionnaire, you are able to adapt questions to your local/ regional/ national realities, to translate the questionnaire, or to disseminate it to other youth NGOs and young people and to compile the answers online.
Deadline for submitting questionnaire is 1st of February 2014.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.