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Throughout the European Union (EU), young people engage in the EU Youth Dialogue with political leaders and discuss issues and concerns that are important to them. At EU Youth Conferences, EU Youth Representatives meet with political decision makers in the EU and discuss the concerns and demands of young people brought from their Member States. In this way, political decision-makers of the EU can take young people’s concerns and demands into account in their political decisions.

EU Youth Dialogue & Trio Presidency

What does the Trio Presidency have to do with young people and the EU Youth Dialogue? Watch this:

 

The 8th cycle of the EU Youth Dialogue runs from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2021. It is entitled “Europe for YOUth – YOUth for Europe: Space for democracy and participation”. The aim of the cycle is to realise Youth Goal #9 “Spaces and participation for all” throughout the European Union.

The 8th cycle of the EU Youth Dialogue is linked to the trio presidency of Germany – Portugal – Slovenia in the Council of the European Union. The EU Youth Dialogue and the Trio Presidency last 18 months. The demands and ideas of young people from the EU Youth Dialogue are passed on to representatives of the Council of the European Union. In this way, the demands and ideas of young people can be incorporated into the political decisions of the Council of the European Union.

 

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#EU Youth Delegates

Three EU Youth Delegates are selected in each EU Member State. For a cycle of 18 months they represent the voice of young people in their Member States. The EU Youth Delegates take the concerns and demands of young people from Germany to the EU Youth Conferences and discuss them with political decision makers, such as representatives of the youth ministries of the European Member States and representatives of the European Commission.

#EU Youth Conferences

The EU Youth Conferences are held every six months in a different Member State. There the EU Youth Delegates from all the EU Member States come together with representatives of youth ministries from the EU Member States and EU institutions. Together they discuss the results and demands from the Member States and their political implementation.

#EU Online Surveys

The EU-wide online surveys ask questions on the topics of the current Youth Dialogue cycle. The results are collected at EU level and discussed with policy makers at EU Youth Conferences. This enables policy-makers to take young people’s concerns and opinions into account in their political decisions. In Germany, the results of the surveys are also used as inputs for Youth Dialogue formats – e.g. Dialogue Events with politicians or workshops.

 

Explanation of terms

This section explains the most important terms that are important in the EU Youth Dialogue:

Council of the European Union

Beim Rat der Europäischen Union (kurz: Rat der EU), auch Minister*innenrat genannt, kommen Minister*innen aus der Europäischen Union zusammen und organisieren sich nach ihren politischen Arbeitsbereichen in sogenannten Ratsformationen. Das heißt, es kommen die Minister*innen in einer Gruppe zusammen, die für das gleiche Thema in ihren Mitgliedstaaten zuständig sind. Beim EU-Jugendminister*innenrat kommen dementsprechend alle Minister*innen zusammen, die in den einzelnen EU-Mitgliedsstaaten für die Jugend zuständig sind.

 

EU Council Presidency and Trio Presidency

Alle sechs Monate wechselt die EU-Ratspräsidentschaft und damit das Land, das die Arbeit des Rates der EU leitet. Um einen besseren Arbeitsfluss herzustellen, schließen sich jeweils drei Mitgliedsländer zusammen und bilden sogenannte Trio-Ratspräsidentschaft für 18 Monate. Die EU-Jugenddialogs-Zyklen richten sich daran aus. 1 Zyklus im EU-Jugenddialog entspricht einer Trio-Ratspräsidentschaft.

EU Council conclusions and resolutions

Schlussfolgerungen und Entschließungen sind offizielle vom Rat der EU verabschiedete Dokumente und enthalten politische Absichtserklärungen und Willensbekundungen, auf die sich die Mitgliedstaaten geeinigt haben.

Schlussfolgerungen sind rechtlich nicht bindend und müssen nicht umgesetzt werden. Sie sind die schwächste Form einer gemeinsamen politischen Absichtserklärung der EU‐Mitgliedstaaten.

Entschließungen sind rechtlich ebenfalls nicht bindend und müssen nicht umgesetzt werden. Allerdings werden die in Entschließungen beschriebenen Ziele und Aktivitäten sowie deren Umsetzung in der Regel überprüft, z.B. durch Berichte der Mitgliedstaaten an die EU. Sie sind damit etwas verbindlicher als Schlussfolgerungen des Rates.

The EU Youth Strategy

With the EU Youth Strategy 2019 – 2027, the EU Youth Ministers have agreed on a common framework for their European youth policy. The EU Youth Dialogue is a youth participation instrument for implementing the EU Youth Strategy in the EU Member States. The EU Youth Strategy focusses on the areas “Engage – Connect – Empower”.

The European Steering Group

The European Steering Group coordinates the EU Youth Dialogue at European level. The European Steering Group is composed of youth representatives and political and administrative officials that meet regularly during the 18 months of the EU Youth Dialogue cycle. The youth is represented by the European Youth Forum and the three National Youth Councils of the respective trio presidency. Political decision makers in the European Steering Committee are represented by the European Commission as well as the Ministries of Youth of the respective trio presidency.