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Structured Dialogue

What is it?

Structured Dialogue with young people serves as a forum for continuous joint reflection on the priorities, implementation, and follow-up of European cooperation in the youth field.

It involves regular consultations of young people and youth organisations at all levels in EU countries, as well as dialogue between youth representatives and policy makers at EU Youth Conferences organised by the Member States holding the EU presidency, and during the European Youth Week.

What are the aims?

The Structured Dialogue focuses on a different overall thematic priority for each of its 18 month work cycles (set by the Council of Youth Ministers). The thematic priority of the Trio Presidency (Italy, Latvia, and Luxembourg) for July 2014 - December 2015 is youth empowerment.

The empowerment theme will address access to rights and the importance of political participation by young people.

Structured Dialogue is conducted at the EU Youth Conferences organised by each of the three Member States holding the Presidency of the EU Council during each work cycle, and as part of the European Youth Week organised by the European Commission with regular intervals.

Who is involved?

Structured Dialogue with young people is conducted around the current thematic priority at both national and EU level. A national consultation of young people and youth organisations is conducted in all Member States during the 18 month cycle of Structured Dialogue. 

During the current cycle July 2014 to December 2015 it is planned that the national consultations should, for the first time, be carried out in part through the European Youth Portal.

In the Member States, the participatory process is organised and ensured by National Working Groups comprising, amongst others:

  • representatives of youth ministries,
  • national youth councils,
  • local and regional youth councils,
  • youth organisations,
  • young people from diverse backgrounds, and
  • youth researchers.
How does it happen?

The consultation of the National Working Groups is based on a Guiding Framework, endorsed by youth representatives and policy makers at the first Youth Conference of the 18 month cycle, organised by Italy.

The outcomes of the consultation are debated at the second Youth Conference, organised by Latvia, where youth representatives and policy makers endorse Joint Recommendations on youth empowerment for political participation.

The recommendations are then discussed by Youth Ministers from the 28 Member States during the third Youth Conference, organised by Luxembourg, before being endorsed.

The final recommendations will be reflected in a Council Resolution addressd to European institutions and national authorities, to be endorsed by youth ministers at the end of the 18 month cycle.

The Structured Dialogue is implemented at EU level through a European Steering Committee (renewed for every 18-month working cycle) comprising:

  • Youth Ministry representatives of the three EU presidency Member States,
  • Representatives of national youth councils of the three EU presidency Member States,
  • Representatives of the National Agencies of Erasmus+ of the three EU Presidency Member States,
  • Representatives of the European Commission, and
  • Representatives of the European Youth Forum.

The latter chairs the Committee during the 18-month working cycle.


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