In April 2016, Østfold County Council -host region for this year’s AER Summer Academy– applied for the Erasmus+ Key Action 3 “Support for policy reform: meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth” specifically fulfilling one of the main priorities in the framework of this project: National meetings and transnational/international seminars that offer space for information, debate and active participation of young people – in dialogue with youth decision-makers -on issues which are relevant to Structured Dialogue or to the EU Youth Strategy.
Well, we have great news: the project application has been approved! This not only allows to further develop the dialogue between youth and regional politicians -which is already a highlight of the Summer Academy- but also represents an opportunity for partner regions to lower the costs of the participation of their youth representatives and contribute to their own efforts.
To check the new prices of the registration fee that we offer youth participants thanks to the Erasmus+ support, please go to the event’s Practical Information document.
You can find the program of the event in the 2016 Summer Academy webpage, where you will also find the registration link. The deadline for registrations for the AER Summer Academy has been extended until 31 July.
The AER Summer Academy
The AER Summer Academy gathers 120-150 participants from across Europe for discussions and dialogue between youth and decision makers from European regions. About half of the participants are young representatives from regional youth councils/parliaments/other regional youth organisations. Through 5 days of key note speeches, interactive workshops, plenary discussions, study visits and informal learning activities, the 2016 Summer Academy “Investing in our future: Youth and Entrepreneurship in Europe’s regions”, promises to be an excellent platform to encourage youth’s participation in public life and to make youth’s voice heard.
Østfold County Council
Østfold is a county located southeast of Oslo, at the Swedish border. Østfold has an area of 4,186 km², and 265,000 inhabitants. The most important business sectors are agriculture, forestry and industry. The county council’s main task is to act as a regional developer and to be an important actor to help expand the labor market by stimulating creativity and innovation. Thus, both youth and entrepreneurship are important focus areas for the regional development work in Østfold.
The County Council has been actively involved in international projects and partnerships for many years. Østfold participates in European organizations such as AER and CPMR and in partnerships in the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions (NSC and BSSSC). In addition, Østfold is heavily involved in the INTERREG programs.