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Structured Dialogue - EU Youth Conferences and the European Youth week 2011 (Spain-Belgium-Hungary-Poland)

The training activity took place
in Spain, Belgium, Hungary, Poland
organised by The European Commission, Representatives of the Presidency countries, European Youth Forum
13-15.04.2010, 02-04.10.2010, 01-04.03.2011, 15-21.05.2011, 05-07.09.2011

Aims & objectives

The adoption of the Council Resolution on a renewed European framework of cooperation in the youth field in November 2009 set the guidelines for the implementation of the Structured Dialogue. After a first 18-month cycle dedicated to youth employment under the Trio Presidency Spain-Belgium-Hungary, the second cycle of Structured Dialogue, starting on 1 July 2011, will focus on the overall theme of youth participation.

The Structured dialogue involves consultations with young people and youth organisations at all levels in the Member States, with the aim of feeding into the debates of the EU Youth Conferences organised by Presidency countries and during the European Youth Week.

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

In order to implement the structured dialogue, a European Steering Committee convenes in regular meetings; the structure is composed of representatives of the Trio Presidency countries’ Ministries for Youth Affairs, National Youth Councils and National Agencies for the Youth in Action Programme, as well as representatives of the European Commission and the European Youth Forum. The European Steering Committee is responsible for the overall coordination of the process, while a support structure with trainers and facilitators should give methodological support and provide continuity in the organisation of the structured dialogue at the EU level. It is also in charge of communicating the methodology to the other EU Youth Conference facilitators and gives technical and practical support to the programme organisation.

Training methods used & main activities

The conferences are joint events where Directors General, youth representatives, civil servants, researchers and other experts discuss themes connected to youth participation. Joint workshops are the main working method to be used during the conferences. Depending on the results of the national consultations, the themes for the discussions confirmes in due time before each youth conference. Mainly the facilitators applies non-formal methods such as world cafe - open space, etc. in order that can come up with concrete results.

Outcomes of the activity

Spanish, Belgian, Hungarian and Polish Youth conferences had conrete recommandations to the committee as a result and the Europen Youth Week became an important tool where the stakeholders came together to evaluate the process in general.So the results were used for the next TRIO Presidencies for better results and implementation.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Members of the support structure of facilitators planned the most suitable methods to be used in the workshop. I lead the workshops on 'Social Cohesion - Recogntition of Competences and Motivation within EU-EECA Cooperation'. Also worked in cooperation with another workshop leader, with whom we had time to plan together beforehand. I played a multiplier role by sharing my experiences of the whole period with my co-facilitator and to identify efficient methodology in order to establish best practices from one Youth Conference to the other.

I worked on this training for 18 days as a full time trainer.

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