Youth 2015 – recommendations for Europe, 18 November 2015 10.30 am to 5.00 pm, Committee of Regions, Brussels
The second conference on the EU Youth Strategy and the role of the states and regions will address the core findings of the third EU Youth Report on the realities faced by young Europeans. Further, it will focus on resulting challenges and the need for political action on the regional level, notably in particular in the fields of social integration, employment, participation, culture and creativity, health and wellbeing, volunteering, education and training, as well as international cooperation.
The Youth Report will function as the central reference for the European Commission and for the Council of the EU, when assessing the progress of the EU Youth Strategy, impelling the relevant actions for improving the situation for young people and defining key areas in youth policy for the next working phase until 2018. Due to the rising number of refugees in Europe, challenges arose that were unpredictable while writing the Youth Report. Those challenges however will (contribute to) shape the youth policy of the member states, their regions and in Europe as a whole. The regions carry primary responsibility for implementing national policies and are supporters and contributors to the political process; there- fore, they play a substantial role in shaping youth policy at the European level. As the representative body of the regional and local level, the Committee of the Regions should be a strong advocate for youth policy concerns. Its support is instrumen- tal in continuing to develop the EU Youth Strategy.
The AER YRN President, Mario Žulicek will be speaking in one of the panel sessions on “Shaping regions and communities for young people together – recommendations for Europe”.