The conference will take place in the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU and plans to address e-democracy and its engagement with young voters, among other items.
Lowering the voting age to 16 to increase youth participation and support democracy is a goal for many youth organisations around Europe, having proven to be a successful change towards increasing youth participation. The movement has had a lot of attention and success in recent years: in October 2017, people who are 16- and 17-years-of-age will be voting for the first time in Estonian local elections. Additionally, trials lowering the voting age for pilot projects have been attempted in the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, and Malta. Even more, in 2017 Austria will be celebrating a decade of voting at 16.