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Participation in civil society

What is the EU's Role

The EU Youth Strategy seeks to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process and in society. Ways in which this is being achieved include:

  • developing mechanisms for engaging in dialogue with young people and facilitating their participation in the shaping of national policies;
  • supporting youth organisations, including local and national youth councils;
  • promoting participation by under-represented groups of young people in politics, youth organisations, and other civil society organisations;
  • supporting ways of 'learning to participate' from an early age.
How is this being done?

Specifically, the Commission pursues these objectives through:

  • Structured dialogue – to involve young people in the process of making EU youth policy.
  • The Erasmus+ programme – to support projects providing opportunities for young people to participate in cross-border projects and events.

How can we help?