What is the EU Youth Dialogue?
Last updated on Friday, 15/01/2021
The EU Youth Dialogue is a dialogue mechanism between young people and decision makers taking place in the framework of the EU Youth Strategy.
Why the EU Youth Dialogue?
This is a way to ensure that the opinion, views and needs of young people and youth organisations are taken into account when defining the EU's youth policies.
It supports the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 which focuses on three main core areas ‘connect, engage and empower’ and encourages cooperation between the EU countries in respect to all issues concerning young people.
How does it happen?
The dialogue with policy makers and other dialogue activities happen in 18-month work cycles. Each cycle focuses on a different theme set by the Council of Youth Ministers.
The current one (from 2019 to mid-2020) is “Creating opportunities for Youth” with three sub-themes, focusing on:
- Future of work and quality employment;
- Access to youth work and education and training of youth workers;
- Opportunities for rural youth.
The Youth Dialogue aims to address all young people, including those with fewer opportunities and those currently not involved and active. In every Member State, the process is organised by national working groups that are in charge of conducting consultations and activities in their country with young people, youth organisations and policy makers.
The Trio Presidency takes the lead role with regard to steering the implementation of the EU Youth Dialogue, in close cooperation with the European Commission and the National Agencies, as well as with the European Youth Forum and other youth civil society representatives, within a coordination group.
What is the outcome?
Once national and European activities are over, the results are compiled, analysed and further discussed at the EU Youth Conferences. There, youth representatives and policy makers have the opportunity to work together and present a joint message to the EU. These conferences take place twice a year and are hosted by the country that holds the EU Presidency.
The conclusions based on the EU Youth dialogue activities will be presented to the Council of the European Union. The Council might then adopt a policy document containing the views of young people. For instance, the last cycle saw the creation of 11 Youth Goals in 2018 that were then added to the EU Youth Strategy following a political process and negotiations in the Council of the EU:
- Connecting EU with Youth
- Equality of All Genders
- Inclusive Societies
- Information & Constructive Dialogue
- Mental Health & Wellbeing
- Moving Rural Youth Forward
- Quality Employment for All
- Quality Learning
- Space and Participation for All
- Sustainable Green Europe
- Youth Organisations & European Programmes
The EU Youth Strategy contributes to realising the vision of young people by mobilising the EU level policy instruments as well as inciting stakeholder actions at a national, regional and local level.