EU-Canada Roundtable on Youth Participation took place in Finland
The EU-Canada Roundtable on Youth Participation in the context of the EU-Canada Cooperation Programme in Higher Education, Training, and Youth was held between the 2nd and 4th October 2011 in Helsinki, Finland.
The objective of the Roundtable was for the EU and Canada to use a comparative approach to discuss youth policy and improve their respective policies and practices. Youth participation was analysed from several different levels including the EU, the member states, the federal, provincial, and territorial governments of Canada, the youth organisations, youth workers, youth researchers, and young people themselves.
The EU-Canada Cooperation Programme was signed in 2006 and entered into force during the 2007. The roundtable served as a concrete follow-up activity of the Strategic Planning Meeting on Canada-EU Youth Activities and suggestion of the first EU-Canada Roundtable on Youth Employment of 2009. This first Roundtable, "Strengthening Skills and Improving Access to the Labour Market", took place in Ottawa, Canada in December 2009. Four joint commitments were decided upon: the promotion of youth mobility bilateral agreements between Canada and EU member states, the mutual participation in youth related events, a second joint thematic conference, and a small-scale pilot scheme to support the exchange of professionals working with youth.
YEU International was represented by President Bartolomeo Bufi.