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News Archives and Press Releases 2005
The European Youth Week 2005 - "Youth Takes the Floor" took place all around Europe 5 - 11 December 2005
Follow-up of the Conference "European Youth in Action for Diversity and Tolerance", Berlin, 6-9 November 2005
Information from the German delegation for the Council (Education, Youth and Culture)
Conference “European Youth in Action for Diversity and Tolerance”, Berlin, 6-9 November 2005
The European Commission and the German Federal Ministry for Family Affaires, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth held a conference to foster diversity and mutual respect in Europe. The conference gathered about 180 young people and experts from 41 countries and resulted in a declaration to politicians complemented by an Action plan addressed to young people themselves. In the declaration, young people highlighted the need to interlink non-formal and formal education in promoting diversity. They claimed that the future ‘Youth in Action’ programme should have a strong focus on diversity and underlined the role of culture and media in enhancing mutual respect and understanding. For further information, please have a look at: http://www.youth-against-racism.net/
Pilot projects from organisations based in South East Europe (SEE)
Call for project partners: "Young Volunteers for Millennium Development Goals, active citizenship and European integration” (pdf document)
In 2004/05 the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the EU YOUTH European Voluntary Service (EVS) joined forces in a pilot project including 10 East-West-East and 4 East–East exchanges of young volunteers and a training course in the framework of the UNV/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Addressing the concerns of young people in Europe: the Commission adopts a communication on youth policies
The European Commission adopted 30. May a Communication on "European policies concerning youth". This text is a follow-up to the adoption of the European Youth Pact by the European Council in March 2005, which made young people a key part of the renewed Lisbon partnership for growth and jobs and which proposed taking action for young people in the fields of employment, integration and social advancement, education and training, mobility, and reconciling family and work life.
World Youth Day 2005
The World Youth Day 2005 (www.wjt2005.de) will take place 16-21 August, in Cologne, Germany. One hundred volunteers supported through the European Voluntary Service of the EU YOUTH programme have helped with the implementation of the event. The European Commissioner in charge of Youth, Ján Figel’ will visit the young volunteers and will also attend some of the events. The World Youth Day is a festival of faith, encounter and solidarity which was established on initiative of Pope John-Paul II in 1985. The festival is preceded by several activities that started on 11 August all over Germany . About 380.000 young participants are expected to the event.
Debate between young people and Commissioner Figel’ on the European Youth Pact
On 31 May 2005 (10:30 CET) in Brussels, young people will meet Commissioner Ján Figel', responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism, to discuss the Communication "Addressing the concerns of young people in Europe - implementing the European Youth Pact and promoting active citizenship" and the role of young people in shaping their future in the European Union. The debate will be on issues such as active citizenship, education, training and mobility, social inclusion and employment, voluntary activities and entrepreneurship. This dialogue constitutes the starting point of a large scale consultation of young people on the EU's activities in the area of youth. The young participants will come from different national, social and economic backgrounds.
Joint voluntary service initiative of UNV and EU in the Balkans
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the European Voluntary Service (EVS) of the European Union have agreed to join forces in a pilot project for 2005. The European Commission is contributing with EUR 96,428 from the EU YOUTH programme. 14 exchanges of young volunteers and a training course are being supported in the framework of the UNV/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) “Regional Integration through Volunteers Exchanges for Reconciliation of South-East Europe” — the RIVER SEE Programme.
The Council calls for the establishment of a European Youth Pact
Promoting recognition of youth work across Europe - "Bridges for recognition"
The aim of this European event is to stimulate the recognition of youth work and the recognition of competences gained through youth activities. 120 European and National policy makers, representatives of the labour market and of the education sector, youth workers and trainers, and National Agencies of the European YOUTH Programme will participate in the event. During the three days they will exchange good practices in the field of recognition and validation of young people’s skills and competences. The needs and obstacles towards recognition of youth work will be discussed, but most of all ways forward to valorise youth work and young people’s potential should be developed .
Bridges for training is also a virtual conference. All interested people can participate via the Bridges Virtual Community or via a Webcam connection.