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Democracy Reloading Launching Conference

Conference – Symposium - Forum

16-19 March 2021 | Portimáo, Portugal

The Conference is about the role and potentials of municipalities in developing local democracy through youth participation in decision-making and will launch an online Toolkit to support the improvement of the relevant competences of municipalities.

Democracy Reloading is a brand of the national agencies of the Erasmus+ Youth Program, grounded in the values and principles of democracy, human rights, equality, and the rule of law. The online Toolkit is based on a set of 24 competences required for a local (municipal) or regional government to design, implement and evaluate a successful youth participation structures and concepts, to engage young people in the decision-making. The  specific objectives of the Democracy Reloading Launching Conference:

  • To recognise the roles of municipalities engaging young people in decision-making as a way to improve local democracy, 
  • To take stock of the outcomes and lessons learnt from the Democracy Reloaded activities between 2015-2020,
  • To officially introduce and launch the Democracy Reloading Online Toolkit*,
  • To identify ways of using and promoting the online Toolkit,
  • To support the development of relevant national and European networks of stakeholders, practitioners of youth participation in municipal decision-making and local democracy.

You can download the provisional program below.

Participants will be selected according to the following priorities:

  • Priority 1: Officers/administrators who work in/for local or regional municipalities in the field of youth policy (relevant elected council representatives are also included),
  • Priority 2: Youth workers working in the field of youth participation in municipal decision-making (in support of engaging young people in decision-making), 
  • Priority 3: Trainers and consultants experienced in youth participation in decision-making,

The organisers invite representatives of the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the EC-CoE Youth Partnership, ALDA European Association of Local Democracy, SALTO Youth Participation, Europe Goes Local, Intercity Youth Local.

How to apply?

Before applying consult your Erasmus+ National Agency in your country if they can send you to the Democracy Reloading Launching Conference in Portugal on 16-19 March 2021 (and reimburse your travel). 

  • If so, register online: click the APPLY NOW button on the top of this page.
  • If you have a disability, we gladly send you some pictures of the venue to check if the places are accessible for you.
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  • Or keep an eye on the European Training Calendar on SALTO.



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Applications are closed

The application deadline was 30 June 2020.

Date of selection: 20 July 2020

Training overview


This Conference – Symposium - Forum is

for 80 participants

from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth policy makers

Working language(s):



BE-FR National Agency (Bureau International Jeunesse) (National Agency)

in partnership with the Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, Estonian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Cypriot national agencies of the Erasmus + Program


  • DYPALL Network (Others)
  • Juventude em Ação (Portugal) (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Laszlo FOLDI


Phone: +36302232355

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

If you are selected for this course, all costs (accommodation in SINGLE rooms, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the National Agencies involved in this project - except a PARTICIPATION FEE which varies from country to country.

Please contact your Erasmus + National Agency to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Accommodation and food

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation (in SINGLE rooms) for three nights and food for the duration of the conference programme. 

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your Erasmus + National Agency to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

The arrival day is the 16th March, Tuesday in the afternoon and departure is on the 19th March, Friday preferably in the afternoon.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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