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Italian Presidency EU Youth Conference "youth empowerment for political participation"

The training activity took place
in Rome
organised by Forum Nazionale Giovani
13-16.10.2014

Aims & objectives

The focus was on the setting of a Guiding Framework to launch a consultation of young people across Europe on the theme of "youth empowerment for political participation".

The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted the EU Youth Conference. The focus was on the setting of a Guiding Framework to launch a consultation of young people across Europe on the theme of "youth empowerment for political participation".

The EU Youth Conference also debated the promotion of young people's access to rights as a meaningful way to enhance youth autonomy and participation in social life, in line with the overall theme of youth empowerment for the trio-presidency countries (Italy-Latvia-Luxembourg).

The priorities that the Italian Presidency aims to analyze in the youth sector are:

promoting youth employment - in order to guarantee fair treatment and equal pay and encourage young people's ability to achieve autonomy;
improve welfare - by strengthening social, welfare and health services that meet the specific needs of young people and support their autonomy;
fostering the political and social participation of young people and their inclusion in decision-making processes;
to support the recognition of youth work as a fundamental tool for promoting youth autonomy and access to rights, increasing financial support for initiatives promoted by young people or youth organizations and promoting the recognition of non-formal and informal education.
reduce gender differences in youth policies and discriminatory practices against young people (eg in the housing sector, access to credit, health care, provision of services and education);
increase access to information on the rights young people have as European citizens, investing in human rights education and the development of an intersectoral policy.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

European and national policy makers from over 30 countries and youth representatives participated in this event with total number of 300 participants. The EU Youth Conference is a milestone in the conduct of structured dialogue , a process which enables young people to contribute to shaping the policies that affect them: young people from all over Europe discussed key issues affecting their day to day lives with policy makers.

Training methods used & main activities

- facilitated discussions,
- moderation
- expert/consultant role guiding and assiting delegates
- working groups
- plennary presentations

Outcomes of the activity

The conference endorsed a Guiding Framework on the thematic priority of "Youth Empowerment for Political Participation".

This Guiding Framework is the basis for a consultation of young people across Europe, which will run from October 2014 until March 2015, and will serve as a framework for the Structured Dialogue to be conducted during the Latvian and Luxembourg presidencies.

The EU Youth Conference participants also endorsed Joint Conclusions on the theme of "Young People's access to rights", which will be taken into account in Council Conclusions to be adopted under the Italian Presidency by EU Youth Ministers at their meeting in December 2014.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

-Facilitator of working group and support member of editorial team (finalizing the policy recommendations for the final conculsions)
-Supporting and active role within the facilitators team as senior trainer and expert
- Supporting the Italian National Youth Council Organizing Team and the Main Coordinator

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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