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Action Plan

Action Plan for Youth Work & Youth Policy

What can be done to promote European integration in the Western Balkans region? To answer that question, the European Western Balkans Youth Meeting, held in Ljubljana, has proposed an Action Plan for Youth Work and Youth Policy.

55[grahafi1]  youth workers, policymakers and stakeholders from relevant organisations met in Ljubljana in September 2016 at the Europe-Western Balkans Youth Meeting on Connecting Youth Work and Youth Policy to make sure that youth work has a say in developing youth policy.

 

The participants, from 15 Erasmus+ Programme and Partner countries in the Western Balkans, put forward an Action Plan comprising the following suggestions for youth work and youth policy:  
 

§  Strengthen civic education in non-formal education settings 


§  Foster youth entrepreneurship in non-formal learning 


§  Encourage active participation of young people in policy design 


§  Develop media literacy through youth work 


§  Enhance promotion of and access to existing programmes 


§  Establish closer links between formal and non-formal education.

 

The plan put forward suggestions for youth workers and youth policymakers in areas such as European citizenship, youth participation, social inclusion, youth employment, dealing with the past and combating radicalisation and extremism.

 

Why? In the Western Balkan region, the economic crisis, together with the refugee crisis, has led to growing scepticism about the European Union and triggered growing national extremism and right-wing populism.

 

In response, the Berlin Process seeks to foster stability and security through stronger links with and support for the Western Balkan region. In the youth field, the process is framed by the Positive Agenda for the Youth of the Western Balkans, initiated by Slovenia at the Brdo Summit of 2015 and followed in 2016 by the Connecting Youth Conference in Paris.