THE STRUCTURED DIALOGUE WITH YOUNG PEOPLE PROCESS In a Nutshell Youth Media Wake-‐Up Seminar Brussels November 14th 2012
STRUCTURED DIALOGUE – A BRIDGE BETWEEN YOUNG PEOPLE AND DECISION-‐ MAKERS Part of the European Youth Strategy, it is an instrument to ensure that the opinion of young people is taken into account in deIining youth-‐related policies of the EU. Chosen Governments Themes Young People and Administrations, including EU Institutions Results useful for policy-‐ making
Why a Structured Dialogue With Young People and What For? Through the structured dialogue, young people: -‐ Voice up their recommendations directly to decision-‐makers, -‐ Feed into policies at local, regional, national and European level, -‐ Contribute to the development of youth policies that affect them, -‐ Uphold their right to participate in policy and decision-‐making, -‐ Demonstrate that they are a valuable asset to society.
Who is Involved in the Structured Dialogue? At the level of Member States –> 29 National Working Groups (conducting consultations with young people/youth organisations at local, regional, national levels) A National Working Group is composed of: • Representatives of Ministries of Youth Affairs • National Youth Councils (leading role) • Local and Regional Youth Council • Youth Organisations • People Active in Youth Work/Diverse Young people • Youth Researchers
Who is Involved in the Structured Dialogue? At European level:
How Does it Work in Practice? Structured dialogue is implemented in Cycles of 18 months corresponding to a Team Presidency focusing on an Overall Thematic Priority. Each cycle has 3 phases under each of the Team Presidency countries which consist of 3 rounds of consultations with young people on speciIic focus areas agreed upon by the Presidency and corresponding to the overall theme of the cycle. Guiding Questions (drafted by the European Steering Committee) -‐> distributed to the National Working Groups (NWGs) -‐> National Consultations -‐> National Reports -‐>EU Youth Conference METHODS used by NWGs to run consultations: • Online questionnaires, focus groups, meetings, debates at local, regional, national level, panel discussions, expert groups
The Third Cycle of the Structured Dialogue • Team Presidency: Ireland – Lithuania-‐Greece Overall theme: Social Inclusion of Young People Ireland (January – June 2013) – Quality Youth Work Lithuania (July – December 2013) –NEETs (Young People Not in Employment, Education or Training) Greece (January – June 2014) -‐ Culture and Entrepreneurship
Thank you for your attention J Raluca Diroescu Project OfIicer SALTO Participation Brussels Belgium raluca@salto-‐youth.net +322 219 09 06 ww.salto-‐youth.net/participation