New year – new resolutions – involve young people in cooperation!
Building on the Youth Manifesto developed last year, a checklist has been developed to help Public Authorities, Project Beneficiaries and Members of Macro Regional Strategies include young people in cooperation activities.
2022 is the European Year of Youth. One of the goals is to involve youth more in EU activities. DG REGIO, and especially Interreg programmes and Macro Regional Strategies, are well placed to deliver on that.
In 2020, the Youth Manifesto for Young Europeans’ involvement in the future of European Territorial Cooperation has been developed jointly with young people from all over Europe. Therein, they express their ideas and visions how youth can be included in Interreg programmes and Macro-Regional Strategies.
If it can be difficult to operationalise such recommendations, REGIO has developed the easy-to-use checklist Tick the boxes: coop with youth! It gives clear guidelines on how to involve young people in territorial cooperation. By dividing each of the 12 Manifesto recommendations into several actions, it makes it easy for users to plan and track their progress on youth involvement.
If implemented, the checklist and Manifesto will provide the basis for mutually beneficial involvement of youth in territorial cooperation. This will allow young people to actively shape the future of their region, and cooperation programmes and strategies will receive fresh and creative inputs on the realisation of their goals.
Get the checklist here and get your youth involvement going!